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.