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!