Greek Life

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
5,269
Tuition
$39,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am enrolled with online programs, so I only experience academic work and occasional special events at the school. I do not experience any Greek Life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is an interesting attribute to our campus. The university isn't a huge fan of it but the students enjoy it. The campus is split about 60% Greek 40% non-Greek. There is no houses. Going Greek offers a lot of individuals that sense of social community they were seeking that they could not find elsewhere. It is a good way to make friends and to find leadership opportunities on campus. Furthermore, it provides a good social opportunity!

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College Senior

Greek Life: I wasn't really directly influenced or apart of greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of greek life. N/A

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Spring rush makes it so you already have friends when it comes time to rush. The parties, events, and philanthropies are the best things about greek life. It's a blast but the people that aren't in Greek Life don't feel like they're missing out (but they are) (; Greek housing isn't available but members of each chapter end up living together and forming many different "greek houses", exclusively at the beach.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 178th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 485th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1044th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Palka
Hometown
Thousand Oaks, CA
Major
English and Theology
Grad Year
2015
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Greek life does have a strong presence on campus, with one quarter of the student body in a sorority or fraternity. However, because formal recruitment is in the spring, freshmen develop friendships prior to joining a fraternity or sorority, and maintain those friendships throughout their four years. Also, because there is no Greek housing on campus, members of different chapters can room together and with students unaffiliated with Greek life. All of the chapters interact, and very few people, if any, have close friends only from their chapter.

All of this fosters a strong sense of inclusion on campus. Non-Greek members come to philanthropy and social events put on by fraternities and sororities, and the sororities and fraternities are all mostly respected by the campus community for their service and commitment to building sisterhood and brotherhood. Overall, Greek life at USD is popular, but no one is treated any differently based on their decision to rush or not.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
18%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
30%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Multicultural Colonies
Sigma Theta Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 80 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 16% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 52% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 31% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 79 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 5% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 3% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 80 responses

  • 29% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 9% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 79 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Very easy.

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