Greek Life

Charlottesville, VA
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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life plays a bigger role than most UVA tour guides would let on. It won't matter in the long run if you choose to go greek while at UVA, but it helps more than it hurts if you pledge while on grounds.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the social atmosphere if you want it to; otherwise, it can easily be ignored.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat parties are prevalent and you will see a lot people wearing greek letters on your way to class. Greek life is noticible, but you will not in any way suffer socially if you decide not to rush.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, it seems to me that Greek life is about buying friends and getting drunk. Sororities and fraternities throw charity events because they have to, and do not really engage genuinely in the Charlottesville community life. The culture is generally very elitist and Greeks seem to look down upon non-Greeks.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: it's a good way to be involved and it's a lot of fun


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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 81 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.
  • 38% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 62% 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 81 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 70% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 81 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.
  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat difficult.
  • 45% Somewhat easy.
  • 4% Very easy.



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