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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Amherst College no longer has official/off-campus-but-still-open-to-the-administration Greek life. There are a couple underground frats which still live together and throw parties, and their membership is generally known to most students, but they have no official events or organization. It's unclear how long they will last with this status. There are no sororities. Recently, a pilot program of five social clubs have been founded. These are basically co-ed fraternities that are directly controlled/funded by the college. The aim of these is to provide more social options for Amherst students and encourage students to meet people outside of particular interest/activity groups (BSU, GAP, orchestra, sports teams) while not letting them develop the apparent exclusivity of the former fraternities. Time will tell if these clubs improve social life at Amherst or just further increase the way that students here tend to categorize themselves and ignore potential relationships outside their existing groups.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: it is not available except in underground which is grounds for expulsion

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Following the trustees' resolution to ban fraternities, Greek life is technically non-existent, but there are still remnants of fraternities if you look hard enough.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: all greek life students are well mannered individuals that take part in many aspects of the Amherst scene including but not limited to: student government, social life, athletics, and many other leadership roles.


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Formally speaking, Amherst abolished fraternities and sororities some two decades ago, and the College does not tolerate frats on campus. In reality, you can still find a few “underground” frats (but not sororities) that are very much alive and kicking. The general public of Amherst students doesn’t mind their existence, and in fact, these frats usually organize good parties, which are by no means exclusive to frat brothers and their entourages. Like frats at other colleges, being a member takes up considerable amounts of time and dedication, and in return will give you a social center to which other people will inevitably gravitate. Getting into one of the frats is not as grueling and humiliating as getting into a fraternity at a school where frats hold substantial social sway, like UMass, for example, although a few Amherst students have actually pledged UMass frats (ensuing with severe disciplinary repercussions from the College!).

Frat brothers at Amherst walk in the shadows in regards to publicizing their memberships and the goings on inside their frats. To illustrate how repudiating the College is toward frats, merely specifying the names of the existing frats is too perilous to do. The surest and only way to learn all the nitty-gritty details about the frats on campus is through word of mouth, and anyone who expresses interest is sure to be met with more than adequate response. The frats are always on the lookout for more members.

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Amherst College followed suit with many Ivy League and other elite schools and abolished frats and sororities. All of these schools made the point that frats and sororities are a bad and ultimately divisive social influence on students and are major contributors to the phenomenon of binge drinking among students. However, some unofficial fraternities still exist.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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.
  • 17% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 83% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 33% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 42% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 9% Somewhat easy.
  • 9% Somewhat difficult.
  • 73% Very difficult.
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