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4 College Senior

Greek Life: The sororities do great community and fundraising work; the fraternities throw great parties. There isn't much tension between Greeks and non-Greeks, and it's easy to be friends with people across affiliations. Each organization has its "reputation," but it's pretty easy to get a bid from one or another if you go through Formal Recruitment. I think Greek life improves the campus atmosphere and is a great way to get to know people who share your values. Was pleasantly surprised!

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek system is good. Well incorporated into campus life and the only source of night life without running the risk of obscene fines.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Take it or leave it. I was Greek- my experience was not all the great. although it is a good experience to go through and a good way to get involved/meet people

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I love being part of Greek Life, but I do realize that some non-Greeks have a bad view of the Greek system. Professors also do. But beyond what people think of it, it's amazing to be part of an organization.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's pretty silly if you ask me... which you are asking me. It's like every first-year girl but me gazes with awed expressions at sorority girls and, before even identifying them by name, say, "ooo she's a tri-delt," or "yeah she's a theta."

I didn't move away from my parents, go to college by myself, and pay a hefty sum to be expected to act like the hypocritical, overly-religious, condescending girls who pay to be in a club and conform. I don't want to be labelled. It makes me genuinely sad to see people pay for their friends.

Frat guys, while sometimes a big box of tools, are generally a lot more lax--at least I don't see them posting a new picture of themselves throwing up their Greek letter sign every week on facebook.


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Greek life at Centre is huge and, for good or bad, it's one of the defining aspects of the campus. One of the benefits of Centre's recruitment process is that Rush doesn't actually start until February, and the delay offers freshmen time to consider their options. There are a ton of stereotypes about the different Greek organizations, but the most truthful thing said is that there is a place for everyone, and this seems especially important for girls. During recruitment, a lot of girls worry that they will be separated from their new friends or that they won't get in, but at Centre, that's not the case. Since the campus is so small, everyone is friends with each other, and the Greek organizations all get along, at least until Greek Week.

Sororities and fraternities tend to have lower dues than at bigger institutions, which is a huge money-in-your-pocket plus. The fraternity parties are open to everyone, but the Crushes, or theme parties that the girls throw, are by invite-only. Scoring a date to one of these parties, even if you're a girl in a different sorority, isn't that hard, and they are always boss fun, no matter who's hosting it. Greek life at Centre gives off an impression the minute your parents drive off and you start meeting upperclassmen. Figuring out which house is best for you, or even if you're interested in recruitment, is easy to determine, and the extra time provides the opportunity to make other freshman friends.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Order of Omega
  • Rho Lambda
Did You Know?
  • Once a year, the fraternities and sororities have a Greek Week where they compete in a musical competition, a Miss Centre College Pageant (where the guys dress up in drag), philanthropy, and Greek Olympics.
  • Unofficially, Delta Kappa Epsilon still throws fraternity parties. Even though they were kicked off campus in 2002, they remain active and throw great parties worth the walk off campus.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 14 responses

  • 43% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% 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 13 responses

  • 54% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 15% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 13 responses

  • 54% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% No special housing is available.
  • 38% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 69% Somewhat easy.
  • 0% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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