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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life. We refer to them as households. They are tons of fun and are a huge part of the school.

2 College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: "Latin" Life – There isn't Greek life at Ave Maria in the way there is at other schools. Here, there are households, which are devoted to a particular aspect of spirituality and faith. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) households, for instance, Vessels of Mercy, is geared toward serving others in acts of mercy and is particularly devoted to The Divine Mercy of Jesus.

So maybe it's not hardcore partying and drinking, but it does build close relationships between the members of the households and helps make the foundation for a closer community of people.

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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 19 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 11% 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.
  • 11% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 79% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 18 responses

  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% Very easy.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 21% Very difficult.
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