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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I kind of have a bias against the greek system at AU, because I find the sorority and fraternity members to be one of the worst things about American in general. The Greek system has a lot more influence than AU lets on. Frats pretty much control the social scene so if you can't make an impression on them during welcome week (or don't really care to) it will be IMPOSSIBLE to party. However, joining a sorority is incredibly easy (don't know about frats, sorry) and if you just show up you will be accepted. I hear that greek life can be pretty demanding but other than what I've observed from my roommates I wouldn't know. Most non-greeks couldn't care less about greeks other than getting into their parties. I don't think that the greek orgs contribute anything else to campus at all. Over all there is a VERY greek vibe on campus, surprising for such a liberal school, and "fitting in" is one of the main concerns among the students. Even if they're not actually greek, they might as well be.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you hate Greek Life it's super annoying

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek life here. More people join every year, and there's a growing community. It doesn't matter if you're affiliated or unaffiliated.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Wish it was way better.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at AU sucks. Frats are only 40-50 people. Thats a pledge class at a real college. They are either safe, or fun. No combo. Either you run the risk of being raped, or you run the risk of having a boring night. Some frats base their judgement of the hierarchy by the hazing. Which is ridiculous considering hazing here is nothing compared to real greek life hazing. Sororities are stupid because every girl is guaranteed to get a bid if she attends all 2.5 days of rush. For this reason, stereotypes about sororities don't hold up, because they are all jam packed of girls with all different personalities and looks. Once sorority rush is over though, Sorority girls gain an amazingly large ego that basically entitles them to anything. Essentially, in the matter of a 3 hour ceremony to find out who gave you your one bid, all pledges are no longer attracted to non greek men and only devote their time to AU frats. While this isn't applicable for all sororities, it applies to a lot of them.

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Students interested in Greek life have plenty of options as to which fraternities and sororities to join, although there are no houses for them on campus. Frats and sororities are a good choice for people who feel overwhelmed and want a surefire way to make friends. Students who don’t care about Greek life need not worry, as these groups are entirely possible to ignore.

Many of the students involved in Greek life live on the noisier South Side of campus and are responsible for the rowdy environment there. This makes them easily recognizable for anyone who wants to join in their activities—or anyone who wishes to avoid them.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
17%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Undergrad Students in Greek Life
15%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Lambda Pi Chi (NALFO)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (NALFO)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Programming Board
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 95 responses

  • 20% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 63% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 11% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 94 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 94 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 81% No special housing is available.
  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 95 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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