Greek Life

Location
Villanova, PA
Undergrads
6,584
Tuition
$42,740
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life dominates social culture here but no one wants you to think that when you visit or apply. It's difficult to get involved if you're not greek and if you're not in a "top tier" fraternity or sorority it won't help you that much anyway. There are 3 notorious chapters for both guys and girls that everyone wants to be in.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's definitely present but you don't need to be part of it to enjoy the social scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but it isn't something you have to do. More girls do sororities than guys do fraternities. If you are a guy and you are a freshman, it is much easier to meet girls and go to parties if you join a frat second semester. There is no Greek housing. If you are in Greek life, you will be looked at differently to a certain extent by some people, but generally no one really cares unless you are obnoxious about it. People in Greek life have plenty of friends who are non-Greeks, and vice versa.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Mostly all the girls here are apart of a Greek organization. You can't really walk around campus without seeing someone repping their sorority. Everyone else is pretty chill about it though. It's nothing to get up in arms over. You kind of get used to it after awhile.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in it

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 188th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 381st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 907th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Hometown
Lancaster, PA
Major
History
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Students searching for an Animal House or Old School fraternity are looking in the wrong place. Villanova Greek life is treated like any other club or organization on campus. Greek rivalries are nonexistent, and most Greeks have friends in and outside their fraternities and sororities. Greek life offers a great way to meet new people and form close relationships and get involved in philanthropy work. Most spend a couple weekends helping out the underprivileged or raising money for charities, as well as fun events.

However, if it’s the party scene you are interested in, Villanova’s Greek life makes only a small dent. Due to the lack of on-campus Greek housing, most only throw parties on occasion. For popular events, they will rent out a club or bar and charge a small cover. Sororities tend to revolve around formals or cocktail-type events. Many parties off campus are usually broken up by the police within an hour or two, not to mention that none are in walking distance. While Greek life at Villanova offers a great way to meet new people, it is hardly treated any differently than most clubs and organizations, even by the Greeks themselves.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
14%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
28%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
11
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Phi Iota Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 57% 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 is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 46 responses

  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 59% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 46 responses

  • 7% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 89% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 46 responses

  • 11% Very difficult.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 4% Very easy.
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