Greek Life

Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Social atmosphere of UT is an absolutely HUGE one. Greek life does not usually dominate but you can definitely feel Greek life around you on campus, (they all dress the same & wear their letters) Greeks in general are not looked down upon by non-Greeks but can be viewed as snobby, undeservedly rich, annoying, and judgemental, although I don't see how this could be much different than other schools.

During RoundUp weekend, Greek takes over campus, inviting big artists to come perform at the different frat houses. The west campus neighborhood is on fire all weekend with parties and over-capacity houses. Everyone goes, whether you are greek or not

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A bit of a bad reputation. Lots of parties and often blamed for the noise and mess.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty big deal. Formal rush in the spring is hectic and stressful and it must be taken serious in order to receive bids. Greek houses are very nice, especially those of the top tier fraternities and sororities. Non-greeks are kind of viewed as less cool. Many fraternity men refer to non-Greeks as geeds. Non-greeks aren't shunned, but I'd say they're definitely looked down upon a little by those involved in Greek life.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's waaaaayyyy too expensive to join a national greek institution but there are a lot non greek affiliated fraternities that are gender inclusive and many that are designated for different ethnicities.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is something I wanted to be in but it's too expensive. Sometimes it's harder to get into parties and there's less social opportunities, but people don't look down on you if you aren't in it

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 60th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1161st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1234th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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Greek Life is not the focal point of this University's social life. However, going Greek is definitely a worthwhile choice to make. If you do choose to pledge, there are many benefits. Being Greek gives students a wonderful opportunity to meet people. Being in a fraternity or sorority allows students to make bonds that they will have for life. The Greek system also gives its members the opportunity to make great contacts that can help students both during and after college when looking for employment, as well as being a source for internships, references, and letters of recommendation. Just being Greek can give you an extra edge if whoever you are dealing with also cares about being Greek. The largest part of the Greek system is the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which are the traditionally white fraternities and sororities. There are separate Greek councils for African American, Asian American and Latino fraternities and sororities, as well. As with most other facets at UT, there is something for everyone.

Being Greek is not a necessity, especially at UT. This is a huge campus with hundreds of organizations and clubs that one can become involved in, so the Greek system can be bypassed completely. If you want to meet more members of the opposite sex, and a higher ratio of attractive members of the opposite sex, the Greek system is the place to be. There are definitely people who do not fit into the Greek system, but if Greek life looks like fun to you, definitely rush, you won't regret it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Number of Fraternities
32
Number of Sororities
25
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Kappa Gamma
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa EpsilonĀ 
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Lambda
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi (TAPC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Beta Chi Theta (Affiliate)
  • Beta Kappa Gamma (TAPC)
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma (Affiliate)
  • Delta Kappa Delta (Affiliate)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Gamma Beta (TAPC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Delta Chi (UGC)
  • Kappa Phi Gamma (TAPC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (UGC)
  • Omega Delta Phi (UGC)
  • Omega Phi Gamma (Affiliate)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (Affiliate)
  • Sigma Delta Lambda (UGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (UGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (UGC)
  • Sigma Phi Omega (TAPC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (Affiliate)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
  • Zeta Sigma Chi (Affiliate)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternity and sorority members are 28 percent more likely to graduate than their non-Greek peers.
  • Kevin Dunn from "The Real World: Back to New York" went to UT. He was in the communications school, and he was a member of Delta Tau Delta.
  • Matthew McConaughey was a Delta Tau at UT.
  • Farrah Fawcett was a Texas Tri Delt (Delta Delta Delta).
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison and Ima Hogg were members of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Texas.
  • Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale from Gallery Furniture in Houston, was a Pike (Pi Kappa Alpha) at UT, as was Fess Parker who was Disney's Davy Crockett in the 1950s.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson, LBJ's oldest daughter, was a Zeta (Zeta Tau Alpha) at Texas.
  • Pi Beta Phi was the first sorority on the UT Campus and will be 105 years old in 2007.
  • If a chapter's name is Texas Alpha, it means it was the first of its national organization to be founded in that state. Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon are both the Texas Alpha chapters at the Univeristy of Texas.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 217 responses

  • 1% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 39% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 53% 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 217 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 82% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 217 responses

  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 37% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 217 responses

  • 10% Very difficult.
  • 54% Somewhat difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat easy.
  • 3% Very easy.

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