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Greek Life


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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not recognized by Brandeis. However, a few sororities and frats do exist.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They're not officially recognized by the school which sucks a little bit, but they're still there and fun to party at.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Brandeis University does not recognize Greek life

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is not even associated with the university. It is small and barely worth joining.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is not a huge greek life, as technically the fraternities and sororities aren't affiliated with the school. Nevertheless, they have great events, and so many people are in it, it might as well be Brandeis approved.


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Greek life has been banned by the Brandeis administration. The reasoning is that Brandeis was founded with the mission of being open and accepting of everyone, while fraternities and sororities are exclusionary. Brandeis demands openness and acceptance from all of the clubs on campus, not just the frats. This does not mean that fraternities and sororities don’t exist at Brandeis—they are just unofficial. With five fraternities and two sororities, Brandeis does have some semblance of Greek life, but it is nothing like official Greek life at other universities. The frat houses are small, off-campus houses that have large, dark, sketchy basements for parties, and due to the inconveniences of off-campus housing, only a couple of the frat guys will actually live there.

When the fraternities and sororities throw parties, they are some of the better off-campus parties, especially during “rush period” when new members are recruited. There are certainly other parties, but Greek life definitely helps dictate the party scene—or lack thereof. Aside from the parties, the Greek scene is pretty quiet on campus, with frats sponsoring a few community service initiatives and maybe a coffeehouse at Chum’s. Although they are trying to get more recognition by the campus, Greek life seems like it will be underground for many years to come.

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According to University policy, fraternities and sororities are prohibited on campus because they do not represent a vital aspect of Brandeis life-that all student organizations be open to all students. Greek life is not considered to have "the principles of openness to which the University is committed." However, there are underground fraternties and sororities on campus that a small percentage of Brandeis students take part in. The unofficial fraternities on campus include Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epilson Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Zeta Beta Tau. Unofficial sororities are Delta Phi Epilson and Sigma Delta Tau.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 54 responses

  • 9% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 33% 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.
  • 48% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 9% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 53 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 49% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 54 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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