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Greek Life

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is great, especially for the social scene. Frats throw great parties.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a member of Greek life but I've never had a bad encounter with a member of a Greek organization. I've heard stories about how they mistreat some non-Greeks but IPA haven't experienced it first-hand.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus, it doesn't control ones social life though.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Around 40% of the student body is involved in Greek Life, which is great if you're into that sort of thing, but not for people like me. BIG MISTAKE!

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is dominant at Bucknell, but it doesn't define you. People who say it does or that you can't enjoy your time at Bucknell, especially if you want to party, if you don't join, are few or freshmen. Most people join because it is a big part of our school, it gives you the opportunity to meet new people, and go to more parties/mixers, but so many people who choose not to join still have a great time at Bucknell. They find their own niche. There are also school sponsored events that actually can be fun if you choose to attend. If you do choose to go through the rush process, especially for girls, be prepared because it is a big commitment and the process of joining can be brutal. If you make it through, though, and most people do (especially those who keep an open mind), it can be extremely rewarding.

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The Greek system is a big part of Bucknell life for students who choose to make that commitment. Considering that the majority of the social scene is composed of parties thrown by Greek organizations, it may be a little hard to escape Greek life. But that does not mean that a student should feel forced to join a sorority or fraternity. Independent students who choose not to go Greek sometimes find that they are better off in that they can attend pretty much any Greek event, since they are not affiliated anywhere. A great thing about Bucknell is that students are not able to rush until their sophomore year, which allows students to make friends without having to worry about affiliations. Later on, when friends go their separate ways in terms of Greek organizations, there remains a sense of cohesiveness because students may have friends in five different organizations.

Greek life is definitely something you should consider if you come to Bucknell. There are a variety of Greek organizations that can fit different interests and personalities. The rush process can be stressful at times (especially for the girls), but it’s well worth it in the end, whether you decide to pledge somewhere or remain independent. All of the Greek organizations play an important role in the Bucknell community and the local community. Every week there is some Greek organization that has fundraisers on campus and volunteering off campus. Overall, the Greek system is a great place to meet students that you might not otherwise meet, and there’s a lot of good being done for the community.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
39%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Number of Fraternities
14
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
Did You Know?
  • Bucknell administration has really cracked down on hazing. Very little hazing takes place, and if it does, the organization is severely reprimanded. In fact, two Greek organizations recently got kicked off campus.
  • There are no sorority houses at Bucknell. There is a beautiful sorority dorm, though, where each sorority has its own floor.
  • The active Greek system involves about half of the eligible (non-first year) students.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 35 responses

  • 63% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 37% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 34 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 32% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 33 responses

  • 70% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 9% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 24% Somewhat difficult.
  • 9% Very difficult.
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