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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek. And I am absolutely indifferent to them.

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Greek Life: The Greek life at the school can be really intimidating, especially for students who don't drink or students at a lower income.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 115th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 233rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 922nd
    Best Greek Housing
  • 961st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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It is undeniable that the Greeks play a major role at Vanderbilt. A lot of people are frustrated with this and like to come down on the Greeks and call them sheep or people who buy friends. It is easy to be negative about the Greek system because it is so prevalent, but because all the parties are open to everyone and there is an honest sense of inclusion, the Greeks provide a really good service to the community in planning and organizing parties and events that everyone else can benefit from (even if they're not in a house).

The pressure to join a fraternity or sorority is definitely there. Obviously, a large part of being in a fraternity or sorority is bringing in the next class of people. As a result, the Greeks are really inviting to freshmen and do their best to recruit them into joining their specific house. While the Greek system does provide you with a good group of close friends, it is important to realize that after you get settled into a house (or decide not to rush), you'll likely be hanging out with the same group of friends anyway. Classifications aren't as big a deal as you once thought.

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 Chi Theta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA-Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 17% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 6% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 75% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Very difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat difficult.
  • 32% Somewhat easy.
  • 3% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 38 responses

  • 11% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 66% No special housing is available.
  • 0% 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

  • 21% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.


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