Greek Life

Columbia, SC
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority, but many of my friends are and I respect what they do. Many in Greek life live in the houses in Greek village.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: They could do more in the community

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally did not rush this year, but I have several friends that are involved in greek life. Although I'm not interested in being in a sorority I can see the benefits to joining. All my friends appear to love it. You don't need to be part of greek life to have fun here but it definitely opens a lot of doors.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's easy to get in but no one treats you differently if you aren't greek

College Sophomore

Greek Life: No Greeks on my campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 688th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1125th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1252nd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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Greeks are a minority at USC (about 27 percent of the student body), but since those involved are very vocal and visible in representing their organization, Greek life seems a lot more prominent on campus. The addition of lavish Greek housing on campus seems to have increased the number of recruits. Most students agree that Greek life constitutes a major part of the social scene, but does not dominate it. If you want Greek life to dominate your social life, it can, but it doesn’t have to. Apart from this, students who are not Greek have the opportunity to meet plenty of friends and get involved in activities that are not Greek-related.

All of the Greek societies sponsor some sort of community service. They also organize formals, participate in intramural sports, and have mixers where they get together with other societies. The cost of joining a society can be pretty expensive—in terms of both money and time—but most find the experience worth it. There are also the coed Greek service fraternities and honor societies, which are less expensive to join and focus more on academics and community service rather than partying. These societies usually have inductions in the spring because qualification depends on grades from the first semester. Whether it’s a social, service, or academic society, Greek life is bustling at USC, and it’s constantly expanding and improving.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Fraternity Council
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Omega Phi Alpha
  • Sorority Council
  • Tau Beta Sigma
Did You Know?
  • The combined average cost for students' first year in a fraternity or sorority is $1,250.
  • Average GPA for fraternities is 3.09, and the average for sororities is 3.40.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 133 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 9% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 32% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 56% 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 133 responses

  • 29% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 44% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 133 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 94% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 132 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Very easy.


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