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Greek Life

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am not in one but have friends that are in Greek life and they enjoy it

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally I do not know much about Greek life but I know there is a great variety on campus. You can become part of a community service frat or a studious business frat. However, literally no one cares if you are part of a frat/sorority or not.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big pat of campus AT ALL. But if it is your thing, then there are loads of opportunities for it. Most parties (for girls) are at neighboring frats, so it's always a good idea to have frat friends.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm saying "it's the best" because it's practically non-existent. One of my conditions for choosing a school was that it had to be one with very little Greek life on campus, and Boston University fit the bill. Sororities and Fraternities are there, but their impact on social life is low. Most people are indifferent to them, though many do enjoy their parties. I'd say they make a good impact in the community service scene, though; they fundraise a lot for charity, and that's pretty cool of them.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many people join but not everyone. Those who do join love it though.

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For those who are looking for it, Greek life does exist, but it does not dominate the social scene as it tends to at other U.S. colleges. For many BU students, the lack of a prevalent Greek scene on campus is a welcomed benefit of student life. The truth is that Boston offers far more outside of campus, and an overwhelming Greek population would have little influence on the dispersed student body. For some, Greek life is the alternative to a real social life. As one student commented, “It dominates the scene for the unimaginative.” It seems to have been created for individuals attending small schools or schools located in more remote areas. For many, this scene is simply unnecessary here.

It’s widely believed that, according to Boston law, more than seven unrelated females living in the same space are considered to be running a house of prostitution (though the “blue law” that designates this was actually repealed in 1984). Regardless, there are no sorority houses, either on or off campus. While fraternities do not share the same logistical problems, the Greek life constitutes only a small percent of the student population.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
3%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Episilon
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Beta Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Golden Key Honor Society, a Greek honor society
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 204 responses

  • 8% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 56% 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.
  • 33% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 204 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% 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 204 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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