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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, I love how it works here--there is a Greek system for those who want it, but I can completely ignore it/occasionally make fun of the frat bros and sorority girls. It is not at all necessary to be part of a frat/sorority to have a social life, nor is it completely ostracizing if you are part of one--I have lots of great friends who are in frats. There's a variety. Some of the frats throw really fun parties, whether they're in the housing provided by the school or in off-campus houses where senior frat members live. Getting into frats doesn't seem too difficult--I think mostly everyone who wants to join does. We also have great program housing that work similarly to the frats. The frats are housed in a gorgeous, super central area with great landscaping, nice rooms.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a huge part of campus, but present

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of parties at the Greek houses, particularly the fraternities. There is no snobbery between Greeks and non-Greeks.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not huge at Brown. A very small percentage of students are actually involved. That being said, Greek parties are widely attended by non-Greeks. Each Greek house has a building on campus, but nonGreeks can live on certain floors of the building as well. Greeks students aren't really perceived any differently than nonGreeks. it is very low-key.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of us only ever consider Greek Life when choosing which frat party to go to over the weekend. Very few women are members of sororities.

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Greek life at Brown is about as minimal as it can be. This is due to the Greek system itself and the University’s attempts to seamlessly integrate frats and sororities into daily campus life. All Greek houses are on campus and abide by the same rules and regulations as any other organization on campus. The parties, for the most part, are open and welcoming to all students. If students never want to see the Greek system, they can easily ignore it. On the flip side, if students want a real Greek experience, they can find it in one of the dozen houses that exist.

The Greek system at Brown is one of the many positive interest groups. Banners hang around the Main Green and Wriston Quad to inform students of coming parties and events. A handful of nights during the year, you see the crazy, Animal House-type antics that Greek systems present at any school. However, if you want a school where you are defined by the three Greek letters printed on your T-shirt, Brown is simply not the place.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
10%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
6
Number of Sororities
2
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Zeta Delta Xi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Zeta Delta Xi (co-ed fraternity)

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 40% 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 52 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 71% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 2% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 53 responses

  • 32% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 42% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 23% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 53 responses

  • 28% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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