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Greek Life

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very big at BU, so it does not have much affect on our social atmosphere of campus. Many Greek students are friends with non-Greek students. You don't need to be in Greek life to "fit in" with the social life at BU - everyone is pretty unique. No Greek housing available at BU.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very much like the stereotype seen in movies. You are judged if you don't drink, party, or smoke.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally familiar with Greek life as I am not a part of it, but from what I hear it is a positive experience overall.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am involved in the Greek life at BU, and I absolutely love it .There are some girls that I don't like within my chapter but I have learned that there are mean girls where ever you go, and that you can't let those people get the best of you.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not pay attention to the Greek life on campus.

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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space are considered to be running a house of prostitution (though the “blue law” that designates this was actually repealed in 1984).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 210 responses

  • 9% 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.
  • 32% 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 210 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 65% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 19% 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 210 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 58% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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