Greek Life

Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know of a few people in frats and such and everyone gets along just fine.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life is actually pretty good in my opinion (I'm a part of it), but it operates differently from a lot of other schools. For example, there are no specific houses for different organizations like there are at some other schools. Parties on campus have to be registered, which means they need hosts, so usually only larger organizations like Greeks or sports teams throw parties, and often two or more organizations get together to throw parties together.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not spend a lot of time around this atmosphere and would not be able to assess it properly.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's a very small school, so greek life is not necessary to be in the social scene. Most of local organizations so they offer no networking advantages, but I have a few friends involved in greek life and they absolutely love it.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not a big deal if you don't join a sorority or play a sport. Find parties that are open for everyone, they are the best. Ursinus is more about academics. Of course their are cliches, but their are ways around that and you will never feel left out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 379th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 583rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 763rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 955th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Greek life is a huge part of campus, and it seems to dominate the social scene. Greeks almost exclusively throw all on-campus parties. Students wearing Greek letters are a common sight, and fraternity/sorority exclusion becomes most obvious at Wismer during dinner—the frat guys and sorority sisters sit at certain tables every night. But it's not necessary to be Greek to fit in. While a third of the campus is a member of a Greek organization, one must remember that this is a small school. It'd be nearly impossible to avoid befriending someone who is not a Greek. Therefore, most parties are not exclusive, and non-Greeks can get into them quite easily. There are a few exclusive parties, but those are usually rare.

A few non-Greeks view frats and sororities as a stain on the Ursinus landscape, but generally, most students don't seem to mind. After all, a lot of the Greek organizations participate in campus life. A few are involved with community service; others provide services such as flowers for Valentine's Day or stress-busters during exams. Most Greek organizations actively try to have a positive influence on campus life, so non-Greeks usually tolerate their presence.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
10%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
15%
Number of Fraternities
7
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Epsilon
  • Beta Sigma Lambda
  • Delta Pi Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Omega Delta
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Rho Lambda
Sororities
  • Kappa Delta Kappa
  • Omega Chi
  • Phi Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Tau Sigma Gamma
  • Upsilon Phi Delta
Other Greek Organizations
Inter-Greek Council
Did You Know?
Greek Week is held every year as a chance for Greek organizations to show off their pride before new member initiation begins. It includes building mascots from food at Wismer, the carrying of the rocks, which bear the letters of each organization, and Greek volleyball, among other events. The format changes each year.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% 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.
  • 50% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 42% 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 13 responses

  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 69% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 50% No special housing is available.
  • 25% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 25% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 18% Very easy.
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