Greek Life

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Two of my best friends are Greek. I've known them before they rushed and it doesn't seem to have changed them much. If anything they are now more social outside of our friend group.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Some fraternity are for certain majors and it can be academically beneficial. Of course, there are always those fraternity or sorority thats main focus is to party. Half of the university if divided into those who like or don't like fraternity and sorority

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really know much about it.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can seem big if you are involved in it, but if you choose not to be involved in Greek life it's not too big of a deal. Greek life definitely enhances the social atmosphere there are a large number of sororities and fraternities. All of Greek life is really involved in helping the community and putting on events to raise money for philanthropies.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek housings vary. They're quite nice, but due to all the parties they're far from "lavish". Greek students are similar to athletes, they normally only interact with other Greek students. They sometimes have good parties, but the majority of Greek parties are thrown by the frats who tend to just invite sorority girls, or anyone girls really.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 648th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1041st
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1182nd
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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There are many social fraternities and sororities at Virginia Tech for students to choose from. There are also numerous service, business, and academic fraternities and sororities. While many students find Greek life to be fulfilling and fun, there's no need to join a fraternity or sorority in order to fit in. Fraternities do throw lots of parties, but these are usually open to everyone on campus. Greek parties off campus tend to be better than the ones on Oak Lane, which is considered on campus by the University. Oak Lane tends to be watched closely by the police, and therefore partiers there have to be more careful. Fraternity and sorority members hang out together, throw parties together, and generally know each other better than they know non-Greek students. Non-Greek students are by no means excluded or treated differently by Greek-affiliated students, but there is some separation between the two groups when it comes to the social scene.

Besides going to parties and wearing letters, fraternities and sororities do a lot of good around campus and the community. They organize fundraisers, clean up streets, and raise money for all kinds of causes. Those involved in Greek organizations are also able to network with alumni and others associated with their organization. Though many Tech students embrace the Greek life, fraternities and sororities don't dominate the social scene. Just getting involved in student organizations can provide some of the same social opportunities and networking available through Greek organizations. There isn't really any animosity between Greeks and non-Greeks.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
13%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
15%
Number of Fraternities
41
Number of Sororities
22
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Delta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (UCFS)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (UCFS)
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon (UCFS)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi (UCFS)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (UCFS)
  • Theta Nu Xi (UCFS)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Council of Fraternity and Sorority Presidents
  • Council of Unified Fraternities and Sororities
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Greek Week Board
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Oak Lane Community Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Rho Lambda
Did You Know?
  • The Greek system at Virginia Tech is ranked 19th largest in the nation.
  • Fraternities and sororities can be seen around the campus and Blacksburg raising money for worthy causes and participating in specific philanthropy events.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 116 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 64% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 33% 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 116 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 52% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 116 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 9% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 67% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 115 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Very easy.

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