Greek Life

Seattle, WA
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Personally being in one I can say you have friends right away when coming to college. Chapters also make you have good grades otherwise you can't participate in social events. Sadly, there is a stigma that Non-Greeks don't like Greeks at all.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on campus and there are tons of fraternities and sororities

3 College Student

Greek Life: Not interested in greek life.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Great variety of houses and everyone is very friendly and accepting. Highly recommend going through recruitment/rushing!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: If you are not apart of Greek Life then you dont really think about them. Housing is separated off to their own section of housing


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 880th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1140th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1235th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Greek life is a dominant facet of life at UW. Many students choose to go Greek, and the representation of Greek students on campus is often disproportionately large. This year, that may be even more so because there will be an all-Greek Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW). There are pros and cons to being in the Greek system, however, and many students feel that being Greek is such a defining element of students that students seem to separate themselves along Greek and non-Greek lines.

Greek life offers a great support system, and perhaps it is a better lifestyle for those who need more structure. Especially at a huge school like UW, many students think living in a house with a bunch of people is a great way to make friends and avoid being overwhelmed or intimidated by the size of the school. Being a part of the Greek system guarantees-and even requires-a planned social calendar with weekly meetings, parties, dances and exchanges. While some love the excitement and constant busyness of the lifestyle, others find it constricting and burdensome. Some people join the Greek system for the parties or the hot guys or girls-for them, those things alone are enough incentive. Within the Greek system, some love it and others detest it, but it seems to be popular with the majority of Greeks. Outside the Greek system, there's a fair amount of hostility toward the Greek system. Some non-Greeks feel Greeks are too exclusive and alienated. If you are having trouble deciding whether to go Greek, it's probably a good idea to rush the fraternities or sororities so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to make a bid. That's the great thing-you can check out the Greek scene before actually making a commitment.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 141 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 6% 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.
  • 52% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 36% 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 141 responses

  • 11% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 1% 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 141 responses

  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 141 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Very easy.


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