Greek Life

Williamstown, MA
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Very Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm glad there's not Greek life but varsity sports sort of take on the role of Greek life. Many varsity athletes are snobby and look down on "nonners" saying you have no social life if you're not part of a sport.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Williams. The college banned fraternities in the 60's. However, the sports teams, particularly popular men's sports teams like football, baseball, and hockey have filled the social void that the fraternities left.

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College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Williams.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: No greek life. That's one of the reasons I applied here.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: No Greek Scene – Plain and Simple: Williams does not have a Greek scene. It probably would further separate the campus if it did exist though.


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Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Williams has no Greek life, and most students feel good about this. They find that a fraternity is not the kind of structure they need in order to have a fulfilling college life. Few Williams students say they have a desire to bond with other students under the authority of a fraternity.

The rumors about a secret fraternity remain a mystery. The idea that sports teams substitute fraternities on campus is also highly debatable, but somewhat confirmed by the fact that teams are often able to live in the same dorm.

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Fraternities were phased out at Williams in the 1960s.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% 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.
  • 0% 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 6 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 5 responses

  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Very difficult.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 20% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Very easy.
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