Greek Life

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: rush is hell, and the people are pretty snobby, but the parties are good

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at USC is nationally rated in the Top 5. It is the center of all nightlife activities.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a nonparticipating student, I find the culture provided by Fraternities very accessible. Unfortunately, this is a biased perspective, and as an inactive female, I can appreciate that inactive males at this school struggle to involve themselves in events that I am unquestioningly allowed and invited. There seems to be a much higher payoff for men to join Greek life here than women.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge. For a girl, it isn't necessary to be in a sorority for the social scene, but guys kind of have to be in a frat to party. I didn't join a sorority freshman year, but I'm regretting that decision now because I've seen how great a sorority can be at creating friendships and connections.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Strong greek presence on campus but you defiintely don't have to go greek to have a good time

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 215th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1139th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1236th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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The general consensus on Greek life at USC is two sided. Greek students can hardly imagine not having rushed, pledged, and joined a house, while most non-Greek students feel impartial about fraternities and sororities. Fraternities have a better reputation among non-Greek students than do sororities, probably because fraternities throw parties on a weekly basis, while sorority houses are never open for parties. Guys aren’t allowed into girls’ rooms.

Socializing on the Row goes on at fraternities. Girls in the same house tend to stick together, and in turn, get a reputation for being snobby. The Greek system is much like a high school with its various social cliques and constant gossip, but it is also the most distinguished social network that USC has ever had. Greek students are partly misunderstood and mislabeled by non-Greek students, as are non-Greeks by Greeks. The truth is, some students partake for the right reasons, just as some students avoid joining for the wrong reasons. As far as Greek systems go, USC is one of the best around. The pledge processes at different houses range from being peaceful to violent, long to short, educational to recreational, good to bad. No matter what a student is looking for, they will find it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
18%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
31
Number of Sororities
21
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Gamma Nu
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Epsilon Omega
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Delta Alpha
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Phi Rho
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Kappa
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Kappa
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Sigma Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Asian Greek Council
  • Diversity Encouragement Council (DEC)
  • Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • InterGreek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Once a year, the fraternities and sororities participate in a musical competition called Songfest.
  • Will Ferrell is a brother of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and occasionally stops by to visit.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 128 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 6% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 20% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 68% 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 128 responses

  • 7% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 85% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 128 responses

  • 21% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 35% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 127 responses

  • 6% Very difficult.
  • 49% Somewhat difficult.
  • 38% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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