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Greek Life


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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life here; the school forbids it.

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Greek Life: Someone recently tried to start a frat but wad shut down quickly

College Junior

Greek Life: Households Instead – At Ave Maria there are households, the Catholic version of frats and sororities, which are fairly popular. They each have a distinct spirituality, they do service projects, and help each other grow in their relationship with Christ.

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College Junior

Greek Life: No Greeks but Have Households Instead – There are no fraternities or sororities on campus. Instead, we have Households. which are basically brotherhoods and sisterhoods that provide community and spiritual support.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There Is None – There is absolutely no Greek life. There are households, which are based around religion, but that is the extent.


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Ave Maria doesn’t have a traditional Greek life like other schools. There aren’t fraternities and sororities, but Ave Maria does have “households.” In each residence hall, there are households centered on a particular spiritual facet by which they distinguish themselves. For example, the Esto Vir household aims to achieve manly virtue; its name means, "To Be a Man." The households are optional for students, but those who join typically find the experience fulfilling and helpful in their spiritual growth.

Another means by which students identify themselves is their dorm halls. This is particularly true early in the school year when the Dorm Wars competition takes place—most students from every dormitory participates. In general, students at Ave don't see the need for a traditional Greek life. Between the households and the dorm "patriotism," students get their fill of community identification and unity.

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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 12% 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.
  • 12% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 75% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 71% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 12% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 88% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 12% Very difficult.
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