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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very different experiences than a lot of other schools, very little emphasis on real philanthropy/academic rigor (lots of photo ops for show, though).

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's been a lot of bad publicity recently involving fraternities, some are worse than others. Greek houses can vary between nice to bare

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They are always on social probation, but when they aren't they provide a lot of fun parties for all to attend. There is a big difference between sororities and fraternities. Frats are harder to get into than sororities and it is harder for guys to enter greek parties.

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Greek Life: Greek life is superficial and harbors underage drinking and dangerous activity.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're in frat life, you're set for parties but in debt with cost. If not then use your frat money towards your own party expenses.


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Greek life is at Cal Poly if you want it, and it’s not if you don’t. Roughly one in ten students on campus is a member of a Greek organization on campus. This means that students who do choose to participate in Greek life have a community of about 2,000 people with whom they can hang out, study, and do philanthropic work. This also means that the other 17,000 students on campus aren't completely overwhelmed by the Greek community. Greek housing is available, but not in huge mansions. What fraternities and sororities do is purchase an apartment complex either in lieu of or adjacent to a smaller house. This means that members of the organization can still reap the benefits of living in a Greek house (being near friends, etc.) without having to share a kitchen with 100-plus other people. The houses/complexes are located within close proximity to both campus and each other, but by no means do they constitute a Greek row. 

There is no reason to feel pressured into Greek life. If you like parties, there are plenty going on outside of the Greek system. If you like networking, join a career-oriented group. If you want friends, join an interest club or simply introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you in class. With all of that in mind, remember that the men and women of Greek life are just that: men and women. Greeks are extremely well-integrated into the Cal Poly community, so even if you don't rush, you'll still know people who have gone Greek.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Undergrad Students in Greek Life
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Xi Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Chi Omega
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Omega Nu
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Xi Delta
  • Sigma Omega Nu
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Association
  • United Fraternity & Sorority Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 146 responses

  • 26% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 65% 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.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 145 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 52% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 145 responses

  • 44% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 25% No special housing is available.
  • 30% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 145 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 32% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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