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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm biased because I'm in a sorority, but it has helped me in so many ways (a community, upperclassmen for advice, help with the social scene). It's not for everyone, but I would definitely consider at least rushing.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are many options for students entering Greek life at CMU. The people who participate in Greek life are very open to non-Greeks, and they treat each other with respect. Greek life is not just about partying at CMU.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a decent amount of students involved in Greek life on campus, but it definitely doesn't make or break a person's social life.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm personally not in Greek life, but all of the people who are with with whom I've interacted all say it's wonderful. The parties are great, of course, but the real thing is they do so much performance and service work, and it seems to be a real positive force at the school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I dont know alot about Greek life on campus. Its there, and they are a part of campus life, but I am not Greek, I only know about it through hear say.

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Schools in the South have a reputation for being "go Greek or go home," but at CMU, this is drastically different. Joining a fraternity or sorority is not a mandate in order to have the college experience. Having said that, approximately 20 percent of the campus is involved in Greek life, which is extremely significant when the school has about 6,000 undergraduates. Throughout a student's four years at CMU, he or she will definitely come to know many Greeks, as they are very proud and involved on campus, but Greeks do not simply hang out with other Greeks; most have great friends outside of Greek life!

Fraternity parties can be really fun and easy to get into for all girls (especially freshmen—everyone at CMU loves meeting new people outside of the small community), and usually guys don't have a hard time getting in, as long as they know someone in the fraternity. Again, it's a small campus, so it isn't that hard to get connections! The parties are split between the actual fraternity houses and off-campus houses that people in the chapter own. During Carnival, some infamous parties have been known to just continue into the next day. The sororities on campus are dry, so you won't see any parties happening there, but all of the sororities have date parties and formals each year, which are a classier way of having a good time. Greek life is involved and really accessible, but again, it is not everything at CMU. There are 200-plus campus organizations, and each are as close with each other as a Greek organization, and many are as involved as the Greeks. If you find Greek life is a good fit for you, you will never be bored; however, if you find it is not, you will still find your perfect niche to establish a strong group of friends and get involved!

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
11%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
13
Number of Sororities
8
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Chi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Advisory Board
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 92 responses

  • 18% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 74% 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.
  • 8% 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 91 responses

  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 81 responses

  • 54% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 42% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 91 responses

  • 18% Very easy.
  • 68% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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