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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.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There aren't any official frats or sororities. There are a few "unofficial" frats, where a bunch of people just agree to live in the same suite, but they're actually not a very big presence on campus.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: No official (or permitted) Greek life at Amherst.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a few "underground" frats, but they don't play a major part other than throwing the occasional event.

College Freshman

Greek Life: It's small, very self contained and completely underground. I have a few friends pledging, but I have never once been to a frat party, and that's typical. They have their own parties, but the ones most people go to are put together by other groups.


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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 5 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.
  • 20% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 80% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 20% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 40% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 80% No special housing is available.
  • 20% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
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