Greek Life

Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are many students involved with Greek life on campus, but they aren't too cliquey. As a non-Greek, I find the Greeks to be well mannered, social, and approachable as opposed to the stereotypes surrounding Greek life. At Valpo, the Greek men have charter houses while the Greek women have a specific dorm building. Greek members are not required to live in either and many non-Greek women live in Greek dorm building. Each fraternity and sorority have their own annual events, but all can be enjoyed by non-Greeks as well. There is no pressure to be Greek if you do not wish to be.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a dorm specifically for sororities, and houses for fraternities, but I don't want to go greek. Several friends have joined, but that doesn't make our friend group any different.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is none so the answers are pointless

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's what you would expect.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a wonderful opportunity for the student body.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 329th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 539th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 851st
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1139th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amber Will
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
Political Science and History
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Greeks are a large part of the inner workings of campus. The numbers indicate that a little over 30 percent of the campus is involved in a Greek organization, but often it can feel like 70 percent. While it is definitely possible to live a full and happy life on campus without being Greek, people involved in Greek life will say that pledging is the best way to make friends and get involved on campus. Valpo has a deferred recruitment, so freshmen are able to get accustomed to campus before deciding whether or not to go through recruitment.

People involved in Greek life also typically get involved with many other organizations on campus such as Student Government and Union Board. This tends to make it seem like Greeks are everywhere, but there are plenty of organizations to get involved in that do not involve the Greeks.

However, if you do decide to go Greek, you would get inolved automatically in many philanthropy and service events. Each sorority and fraternity has a charity that they fundraise for at some point in the year. They try to get all students to participate in their fundraiser through some fun activity like Phi Psi 500, Derby Days, and Kappa Kasino. People also get involved in a variety of service projects, like helping at Café Manna or doing Day of Caring. Either way, Greek life is usually carries a positive image around campus, but there is no pressure to join.

The main downside to Greek life is that sororities on campus live in Scheele Hall in separate wings. This facility is exactly the same as the freshmen residence halls. Most fraternities are able to live off campus in houses, so many students find problems with this system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
24%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
26%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
20%
Freshman Women in Sororities
24%
Number of Fraternities
9
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Delta Xi Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Judicial Board
  • Intrafraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greeks on campus host some of the most interesting events. Sigma Chi fraternity holds Derby Days-a week-long competition between all-female teams that serves as a fundraiser for charity-in the fall. The weekend after Easter, the fraternities and sororities hold Songfest in the Chapel of the Resurrection, which is a song-and-dance revue competition between the chapters. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (the men's music fraternity) serenades female students by singing outside the dorms.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 39 responses

  • 5% We don't have Greek life.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 8% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 28% 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 38 responses

  • 32% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 39% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 24% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 38 responses

  • 16% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 29% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Very easy.
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