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Wellesley, MA
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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There are no Greek chapters at Wellesley College. Students do get inducted into the local Boston chapters, but that's it. Instead of sororities, Wellesley has four societies, and each one has its own house. These houses are used for their events and parties. All members of societies live in the dorms. The societies also have rules and "tea" periods, during which students interested in joining must do something well to be inducted into the society.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Rather than Greek Life, we have societies.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have societies rather than sororities. The main difference is that members still live in dorms. Societies aren't huge here, but people know what they are and what each one is known for. You're not really judged for being a part or not being a part of one.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: No greek life but we do have societies.

TZE- Tau Zeta Epsilon. Their reputation is rich, party girl.

Phi Sig - Alpha Phi Sigma. They seem very nice, put-together. Recently, they've become more popular.

ZA - Zeta Alpha. The chill ones.

Agora. They're the political society. Not too much prominence on campus.

Shakespeare - They're known as a very, very weird bunch.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have societies since we don't have a greek life, but the societies are supposedly similar.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 265th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 589th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 776th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 843rd
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations

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Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
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There are no traditional Greek social organizations on campus, but Wellesley has its own "societies" that students are welcome to join. Of course, Wellesley students view any kind of exclusive group with suspicion, especially one whose acceptance process requires going to "teas" and schmoozing. And while the stereotype of the Wellesley society girl doesn’t really hold up, the societies end up with a bad rap because there are always a few token members who totter around campus in their Manolos while clutching their Gucci bags.

The societies aren’t very popular on campus, but their parties are usually well attended. First-year students quickly figure out whether these parties are their scene or not, and upperclasswomen take advantage of the free booze. Though students may ridicule the societies as a whole, most members have many friends outside their society. What’s more, the dues that members pay go to funding lectures that the whole campus can attend. So, while mentions of the societies can induce eye-rolling, they’re well integrated into campus life.

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Did You Know?
  • The four societies on campus are: Alpha Phi Sigma Lecture Society, Shakespeare Society, Tau Zeta Epsilon Arts & Music Society, and Zeta Alpha Literary Society.
  • The societies sponsor many lectures on campus. In addition to bringing speakers themselves, they contribute funding to academic departments and organizations that wish to hold lectures.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% We don't have Greek life.
  • 30% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 20% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 80% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Very difficult.
  • 89% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Very easy.
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