Greek Life

Charlottesville, VA
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Frat parties are big for underclassmen. Half the Greeks are pretentious and cliquey, and the others are cool.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority girls tend to hang out with their "sisters" a lot. There are chapters houses however it is not required for you to live in those.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm a non-Greek and I am indifferent towards the Greeks. Clearly, many enjoy their status and their parties can get rowdy from what I have heard. The Greeks have their own chapter houses and while some are in good shape, others need more maintenance (at least from the outside).

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: greek life is apparent, throw great parties for everyone, girls get into frat parties very easily, guys have a little trouble but usually end up getting in somehow either way

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life dominates. Obviously you can get by without being in a frat or a sorority but: there are girls who think that "all guys with a social life rush" so... boys might want to consider that. For girls there's less obvious pressure, but when Bigs start showing up in your dorm showering all their littles with gifts, the Greek presence definitely dominates.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 317th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1162nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1163rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Most students feel that Greek life dominates the social scene at UVA. Many are bitter about this and find it superficial, costly, obnoxious, and over-prevalent. Those involved in Greek life, however, love the people they have met and the relationships they have formed. All sorts of people are involved in the Greek scene, as well as in the non-Greek scene. Frat parties are open to everyone, but when you get to the door, it often comes down to who you know, which frustrates many people who aren't connected in the frat. There can be a lot of bitterness directed at Greek life in general, as some fraternities and sororities are unfortunately stereotyped as being snobby, superficial, and obnoxious. But, it's good to keep in mind that the stereotypes don't hold true for everyone in any given organization.

On the whole, Greek life only really dominates the campus if you want it to. Of course, fraternities and sororities are a big part of UVA; but keep in mind, this is not the Greek school it once was. At certain times of the academic year, it feels as if the whole school is doing the Greek thing—semi-formals, Foxfield horse races, football games, rush—but when you look closer, you’ll see that this is certainly not the case. There are plenty of other groups to join (literary magazines, a cappella groups, theatrical groups, athletic groups, and community service organizations). In any case, even if you don’t consider the Greek option, at least go to a frat party at some point—they really can be a fun time, or at least, an interesting experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Phi Society
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • St. Anthony Hall
  • St. Elmo Hall
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (MGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (MGC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Psi Zeta (MGC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Inter-Greek Committee
  • Inter-Sorority Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 40% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 60% 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 78 responses

  • 28% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 33% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 78 responses

  • 26% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 71% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 77 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 48% Somewhat difficult.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 4% Very easy.



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