Greek Life

New Haven, CT
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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't very big. There's not really a point to being in a frat/sorority here

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't get involved much with the Greek life, so it is unfair of me to say.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is fun, but can look down on those that are not in the system.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities hold a number of parties and sorority and fraternity members do have more opportunities to attend social events and meet new people. However, greek students are not viewed any differently than non-greeks. Certain greek societies have more money than others and nicer housing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The residential college system works kind of like a Greek system already.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Best Greek Housing
  • 669th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 917th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 923rd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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For most students, the Greek scene at Yale comprises only a fraction of student social life. Fraternities are know primarily for their parties, complete with sticky floors, stepped-on toes, and red plastic cups. Many of the fraternities serve as clubs for varsity athletes (such as Alpha Delta Phi and the Yale varsity lacrosse team) and most of the houses (if the group has one) are run-down. Sororities are even less visible than the fraternities. They act primarily as emotional, intellectual, and social support systems for their members.

The reason Greek life remains less popular at Yale is most likely the strength of the residential college system; students are already inherantly part of a familial group that offers support, social opportunities, and camaraderie. Thus, frats and sororities are stuck in the background because they simply aren't necessary. That said, there are many students who enjoy the Greek system and make it an integral part of their life at Yale. Essentially, Greek life is only one of the hundreds of ways to get connected and have fun on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Sigma Alpha Epsiolon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
Pan-hellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Some Yalies might suggest the a cappella groups serve as an equivalent for Greek life. Like most fraternity and sorority pledges, the singing groups' potential members go through an intense Rush and initiation process. The a cappella culture is highly visible during the year, performing jams and concerts each semester. One of the highlights of October is the incredible Tap Night rush across Old Campus as groups pick their new members.
  • Yale is known for its underground network of secret societies. There are over 10 prominent groups including Skull and Bones, Berzelius, Book and Snake, Elihu, Society of St. Anthony Hall, and Wolf's Head. The groups often act as replacements to Greek life.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 54% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 37% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 6% 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 34 responses

  • 50% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 24% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 26% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 35 responses

  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 69% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 18% Very easy.
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