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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not a stressful or judgmental scene. Everyone gets along well.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is popular, but people are all treated the same.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life plays a significant role on campus but it isn't overwhelming.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is a really large part of campus life, and I find that unpleasant. It's the only thing to do on weekend nights if you're into drinking (there's no party/drinking scene independent of Greek life).

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a bit of an exclusion with people who aren't a part of the Greek system.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 248th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 460th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 1046th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 1162nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Rasmussen
Salem, Ore.
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Depending on who you ask, the line dividing Greek life and independent life is either one not to be crossed or one easily crossed. Students are generally welcome to most Greek events (and many attend when they are looking for a reliable and satisfying party), but the existence of Greek-only functions, those closed to the rest of campus, creates a troublesome stigma among Greeks and non-Greeks. This provides the source of complaints that Greeks only socialize internally, but others prefer this set-up. Students complain about how Greeks operate, whether it's the themes of their parties or how they segregate themselves, but students certainly cannot deny that the Greeks are always good for social events.

Yes, it can be frustrating to lose touch with friends who go Greek or stay independent, particularly because this does tend to set up how and with whom students socialize after their first year. Overall, Greek life annoys independent students, while independents are, in essence, a group of whiners against the Greeks, creating a campus fissure. However, for every group of students who fit into this stereotype, there are a few who go out and do something about it by socializing with everyone without holding grudges.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Chi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Contrary to many fraternities and sororities, Whitman's are very active in community service and sponsor annual events to raise money, ranging from "Most Beautiful Eyes" contest to raising money for breast cancer organizations to blood drives.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 0% 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.
  • 85% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 15% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 50% Very easy.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 58% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 42% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 7% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.


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