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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority - which was totally unexpected by friends and family - and I wouldn't have it any other way. I personally love greek life and am very grateful for all the people I've met through it. However, I do recognize issues with some frats being too big and not having the best brother/sisterhood. You don't have to join greek life to have fun at school, but if it's something you're at least considering or curious about I definitely recommend that you go to some of the rush/pre-rush events to get a feel for the community.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not have much knowledge of Greek life on my campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: CMU Greek Life is very different from other schools. Their is not the typical stereotypes about frats, everyone in Greek life is very inclusive of those not in Greek life. A lot of the social events are mainly Greek though.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at CMU is the best thing about this university. Sororities and fraternities are filled with passionate, caring, amazing individuals who all do their part to better our campus, local, and global communities. Greek life is where many find not only their best friends and family, but also amazing post-grad opportunities and unmatched support throughout university and beyond.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: (Disclaimer: In my opinion, joining a fraternity or sorority is one of the biggest wastes of time for a college student.) A large percentage of students are in Greek orgs, and they basically are the people involved in everything social - from parties to student government to other organizations. Other students get involved, but Greek students definitely stay in the public eye much more often. Our frats range from complete a**holes to idiotic, and our srats from narcissistic b****es to desperate. We really get the whole spectrum here.


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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
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 104 responses

  • 21% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 72% 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.
  • 7% 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 103 responses

  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 67% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 103 responses

  • 20% Very easy.
  • 66% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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