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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: At Bucknell University, you must be a sophomore or older to rush a sorority or fraternity. I believe this is a very good policy on Bucknell's behalf. It is pretty evident that Greek life plays a huge role on campus, however, Bucknell makes sure that participating in sororities and fraternities is not the only thing a Bucknell student must be concerned about. An incoming freshman has a lot of adjustments to make since this is probably the first time they are living on their own. Having to be focused on Greek life and rushing may take some time away from focusing on academics. Bucknell does a great job by balancing this focus and making your education the #1 priority.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at my school. The party scene on campus revolves aroung Greek life.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is too obvious on campus. Parties are overrun and staffed with police at every game.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: My organization wasn't one of the mainstream groups on campus and we were often overshadowed. I enjoyed my organization a lot, but as a whole, Greek life was annoying

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not a part of it but I am going to rush. Everyone has friends in Greek life.

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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 60 responses

  • 68% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 3% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 28% 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 59 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 44% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 29% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 58 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 48% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 7% Very difficult.
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