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: It has little value outside of the parties, and attempts to justify it through "philanthropies" that waste more money than they raise and are really just excuses for drinking are annoying.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: At USC, Greek life is huge because it is really the epicenter of social life on campus. Although it does not have a large participant percentage, it still dominates as the place to be if you want to go to parties and meet/socialize with other students.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is a cornerstone to USC life, although it has been dying down due to stringent restrictions from the local police force and our campus security alike. Greek Life provides a fun loving and party filled atmosphere that keeps the campus alive on the weekends and involves all the students. However, due to these recent restrictions, I cannot see this history of Greek and Sorority Life lasting forever. The harder the campus cracks down on their sororities, the less predominant they will be found on campus. I am sad to see this as it is the end of an era and I think while the Greek system has its flaws, it essentially provides an outlet for the college community a fun environment to hang out.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Row is place people mostly go as freshmen and then don't frequent much after. The Greeks have good parties but are also know to be a bit obnoxious.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I am not sure because I am an online distant learning student and I am never in the vicinity of the school. I reside in Georgia.

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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 116 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 19% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 70% 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 116 responses

  • 7% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 86% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 116 responses

  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 35% 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 116 responses

  • 6% Very difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat difficult.
  • 40% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Very easy.
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