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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I actually am not a good judge of character on the Greek Life since I am not up to date with them either, just like athletics.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Parties are only a small part of greek life, but for the rest of campus, it is mostly what we value in them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm personally indifferent towards it. I have friends that participate in greek life. There is a sort of, label that you get depending on what sorority or fraternity you join. A lot of the assumptions are false because I've met people who have been in supposedly "snobby" sororities and they're very fun. If you're not involved in Greek life or athletics, then I honestly would not come to this school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: About 1/3 of campus is involved with Greek life at Allegheny.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Joining a sorority changed my life for the better. I have made lifelong friends, been able to do amazing things for our philanthropy, and create great events for the students here on campus.

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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
22%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
23%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
33%
Freshman Women in Sororities
29%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • 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 59 responses

  • 37% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 61% 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.
  • 2% 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 59 responses

  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 58% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 58 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

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