Greek Life

Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I have no clue what the Greek system is like; I have never felt out of place.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek students and non-Greeks are all treated the same.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is noticeable, but not a necessity in order to have a social life. Greeks often have the option to live in their house or in other housing such as dorms or on-campus apartments. Greeks and non-Greeks co-exist well and there often isn's an obvious indication of whether a student is Greek or not.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: There are many fraternities/sororities and they are highly involved in student organizations. They throw parties everyday but non-Greeks do too so it is no big deal.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I absolutely love my sorority and feel so fortunate to have joined. I cannot say I am knowledgeable about the rush process for fraternities, but the process for sororities is very simple and majority of people end up happy. Greek life isn't just about the partying, there is philanthropy events, a shoulder to cry on, and a way to get involved on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 236th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 583rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1069th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1136th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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While Greek life is alive and thriving at UW, it is not a dominating life force. Most of the students affected by the Greek system are members of a fraternity or sorority. For these students, the lifestyle of the Greek can be a little overwhelming. If nothing else, students feel their experience in this system has helped them meet a lot of interesting people. While the sororities and fraternities do offer plenty of socialization, students don't feel it is the only way to meet people at UW.

UW is home to nearly forty sororities and fraternities. While some are geared towards its members being of a certain ethnicity or academic field, they all offer a strong social aspect. Those in the Greek system often partake in intramural events, fundraising nights, and volunteer activities. Furthermore, the Greek System is not totally exclusive. Even if students are not a part of a frat or sorority, they are usually welcome at most of their parties or other social events.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
8%
Number of Fraternities
33
Number of Sororities
20
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority
Other Greek Organizations
  • All-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Association
Did You Know?
  • An average of 10 percent of the undergraduate population is a member of the Greek system. This statistic holds true for the freshman population as well.
  • The Greek system was set in place only a few years after the university opened, making it one of the oldest established systems associated with UW.
  • Apart from house parties, the societies do host fundraising, intramural sporting, and academic events.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 101 responses

  • 2% We don't have Greek life.
  • 12% 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.
  • 65% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 21% 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 101 responses

  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 67% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 101 responses

  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 50% 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 100 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Very easy.
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