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San Diego, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: more relaxed than other schools

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: again, not a member so I dont care.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Dropping was the best decision I could have made. Greek life at other schools may be fun but here it is muddled by controlling presidents, school politics and again the incredible lack of diversity. Negative stereotypes exist for each sorority/frat and they are pretty accurate.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't have any particular qualms with Greek life here on campus. The only thing is that if I was at a different university (with different types of Greek people) I most likely would have joined a sorority. It's also a bit too expensive for me to join a social sorority.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Those who join Greek life really enjoy it and transforms their experience at USD. It is completely different from what you would find at a school in the South- Greeks are much more welcoming of others at their events, parties, etc. and have less of a bed reputation. Since rush is second semester, people typically make close friendships with people who join other chapters or stay unaffiliated. Sorority rush makes it so most girls can get into a chapter, assuming they have good grades (above a 3.0 or so) but it might not necessarily have been their first choice. Guys can pick and choose the ones they want to rush, but they can't slack on attending events. It is easier for guys to fall through the cracks since fraternities don't have quotas, than it is for girls.

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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
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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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
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 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 76 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.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 30% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 76 responses

  • 28% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 76 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 89% No special housing is available.
  • 5% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 3% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.


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