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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think guys should definitely join the fraternities if they want to have access to more social life (it's not necessary--I just think it helps a bit) . I really like the frat guys on campus-- as a girl who's been warned against frat boys her whole life, I can say that I actually feel more safe around the fraternity boys than non-greek boys. As for girls, I think it's less important to be in a sorority. Girls can still get into whatever party they want. I think it's pretty 50/50 for girls

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I actually plan on pledging in the spring semester. The sororities do not have their own housing which kind of sucks, but it keeps their dues down, and there are suites available on the fourth floor of Brooks which aren't too shabby. The fraternities do have their own houses and it is up to the chapters to keep up their houses. The actual Frat houses are nice but the extra ones that brothers live in tend to be a little run down but are mainly used for parties so its not that big of a deal. Non Greek members have very mixed opinions on the Greek members. Some love them, while others are very iffy. If you are Non Greek though the Greek students still accept you and will let you come to their events.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is whatever. People who are in it are super devoted to it and people who aren't in it see it as expensive and cliquey. There is not much special Greek housing available.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Nearly 1/3 of the student population is involved in Greek life, and the students in fraternities and sororities constantly work hard to raise awareness and funds for their respective philanthropic efforts.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: You can be social by being in Greek or not. It's really up to you.


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Greek life at Allegheny is curious. The fraternities and sororities have the spirit of a large university, superimposed onto Allegheny's small population of 2,100 students. This dynamic often means students either love or hate Greek life, with strong opinions and plenty to say on both sides. Although only 25 percent of the campus is Greek, they certainly make their presence known. On Bid Day of each semester, Greeks storm the dorms, singing and chanting, to present bid cards to their pledges. This usually wakes up the entire building, leading to some very grumpy residents. Greeks also hold plenty of philanthropy and social events throughout the year, in which the entire campus can participate. In addition to participation in Greek life, Greeks tend to hold many leadership positions in clubs, publications, and in Allegheny Student Government, as well.

Fraternities have their own houses and often require that members live there for at least one year. Sororities don't have houses because, according to an old Pennsylvania law, a sorority house would be considered a "brothel," and, thus, sorority houses were banned from Allegheny's previously conservative campus when chapters began in the early 20th century. However, some traditions are worth keeping more than others. A romantic tradition between fraternities and sororities is a Brooks Hall pinning where a sorority woman stands atop Brooks balcony while her fraternity sweetheart serenades her from below, with his brothers as backup singers. The brother then scales the front of Brooks Hall like Spiderman and (hopefully) reaches the balcony to present her with a sweetheart pin. Legend has it that one young man fell while attempting the climb and died.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Every fall, the fraternities and sororities participate in a musical competition called Greek Sing.
  • Every spring, Greeks hold a major lip-syncing concert to raise money and awareness for Students Against Multiple Sclerosis (SAMS).

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 42 responses

  • 40% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 60% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 42 responses

  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 60% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 42 responses

  • 26% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 21% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 14% No special housing is available.
  • 38% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 41 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 22% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.



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