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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As part of Greek life, I am biased. Nevertheless, I have found that social life at Columbia revolves around Greek Life more than some people might admit, but still not to a large extent. Personally, Greek Life has given me a home and a structure that I was missing my first semester of college. The camaraderie is so nice to have, and the internships and connections passed between members are invaluable.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very feminist, very low key, the best I've seen

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's a difficult process to join Greek Life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Only fraternities live together, and their houses are brownstones right next to campus. The sororities have brownstones, but they don't live there.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am honestly biased against greek-life because of the negative image that society paints. However, I do see the benefits of being in greek-life, I just strongly believe that those benefits are not worth it in the long run.

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Most people could maybe name a handful of Greek organizations on the joint campuses of Columbia and Barnard, which puts Greek life at only a slightly better place than Columbia football. A few of the girls on campus that belong to sororities look the part, but mostly you can't tell who is who. It's not like other schools where certain "types" of girls join certain sororities. They all just kind of blend in by being equally unknown. There are more "I love New York" shirts on campus than Greek ones. In fact, the only way some people know that Barnard and Columbia even have a Greek system is Greek Week, which is a week in which all of the organizations get together and compete in games all over campus.

The best thing about Greek life on campus is their sorority and fraternity houses, which are nothing at all like the large traditional-looking houses you find at other schools. At Barnard and Columbia, Greek Row is on the south side of campus and is made up of brownstones, which is also a testament to their tiny size. The people who are involved in sororities and fraternities are very involved, but most people just don't join a Greek organization—partially because of the expense and also because you just don't hear how to go about getting in. Sure, if you really want to join a sorority for some reason, you'll be able to figure out what you have to do to pledge, but so few people are involved in Greek life here that you may not want to join, anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
Did You Know?
  • Students at Barnard are eligible to pledge for the sororities at Columbia University: Alpha Chi Omega (AXO), Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Gamma (DG), Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta), and Sigma Delta Tau (SDT).
  • Greek Row is not on a street of large houses at Columbia and Barnard like it is at many other colleges. Instead, it is located on a street made up of Brownstone row houses.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 45% 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.
  • 52% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 73% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 10% Very difficult.
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