Greek Life

Location
Winston Salem, NC
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Tuition
$43,200
Admission Difficulty
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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Go Greek when you come to Wake, or don't come at all. Greek life dominates this campus and there is next to no social life outside the greek bubble.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is one of the most important ways that students can get involved in the social scene here at Wake. If you're not in a fraternity, its very difficult to get into parties and such, but for girls its much less of a problem. There seems to be a very clear division between greek and non greek here on campus, and greeks seem to be looked up to. Unfortunately we do not have a Greek Row or anything of that nature, but we do have fraternity and sorority lounges on campus for the one's that follow school rules and policies. However, recently, the president of Wake has really been cracking down on Greek life here, trying to do his best to phase them out. This is unlikely to happen though because the scene is so fully embedded in the roots of Wake Forest.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is bad if you're not in it, good if you are, with exceptions in between. It's a big part of campus life and there's definitely animosity between Greeks and non-Greeks with, again, a few exceptions. Mostly, the two groups don't mingle, which does nothing to create an inclusive environment.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life runs deep at wake forest, a little under 50% of campus is greek, but they are the most social and out around campus

5 College Junior

Greek Life: First-semester is essentially a long version of rush week. Fraternities start out with giant email lists which include party details for the night. As the semester goes on, the lists narrow down. If you don't fit in, typically you won't last on the list. Fraternities are looking to make cuts to figure out the best pledge class they can have. Then again, only certain ones narrow down in detail. If you want to be a good fraternity, I've found that if their rush list is over 50 going into formal rush week, drop it. They are desperate.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 111st
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 161st
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1087th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1089th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Hometown
Brielle, NJ
Major
History
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Greek life at Wake Forest is certainly big, but there are other options, too. However, especially as a freshman and sophomore, Greek life is going to be a huge part of the social scene. Most students will find their niche of friends, both Greek and independent, and what frat/sorority you are in becomes less important in your junior and senior years.

The dynamic at Wake Forest is a bit different because there is no frat row. Rather, frats and sororities have blocks of housing and lounges located in the upperclassmen residence halls. Frats have parties in both their lounges and off-campus houses, but they are generally open to everyone, regardless of affiliation. Rushing at Wake is deferred, which means you do not rush until your second semester freshman year. Some people also choose to rush first semester of their sophomore year. Most students agree that Greek life can be a great experience. You get a core group of friends, and it is a great avenue to be involved within the campus community. However, rest assured, it is possible to have a great social life without being in a frat or sorority.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
35%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
35%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
50%
Freshman Women in Sororities
50%
Number of Fraternities
15
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Beta Gamma
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 23% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 71% 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 33 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 82% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 12% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 33 responses

  • 33% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 33% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 21% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 32 responses

  • 12% Very difficult.
  • 53% Somewhat difficult.
  • 31% Somewhat easy.
  • 3% Very easy.
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