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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a balance of Greek life , athletics and academics

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I come from a relatively humble background compared to the hedge fund and trust fund babies that attend Colgate. Still with this caveat I am able to participate in Greek activities. As a rising Sophomore guy, I have lived through the worst of the social scene and remained relatively unscathed. If you put yourself out there and meet the dudes and girls in the Greek system you will at least be on their radar. One of the nice things about Colgate is that even with its limited houses, they're all pretty much on the same tier just different kinds of guys. Stereotypes in fraternities are extremely real and accurate. If you are disgusted with the Greek system or the heteronormative/homophobic/sexist/racist social structure then Colgate will be hard for you. Greek life is just so ingrained in Colgate culture, that it is hard to have one night where there is nothing going on whether it is just the guys inviting down freshmen to get to know them or a large party/darty on a random night of the week. It is hard to be outside of the social norm and get in with the fraternities. You must fit the preppy, laidback bro in order to be considered a real contender for most of the house at Colgate, however, there are a few "nice guy" fraternities currently. The entire system is so fluid and dynamic that things change very rapidly and houses are kicked off or go underground but you really have to experience it to understand.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being that I haven't had the opportunity to partake in greek life just yet, this rating may come to change. However, something that I particularly loved about my first year at Colgate is that there was no pressure to rush or worry about joining a greek organization because we have a delayed rush system, in which we rush sophomore year. This is tough on freshmen guys who (for the most part) aren't able to go to parties their first year, but that has its own positive aspects to it as it allowed many of the guys to form close friendships away from the complications of adding fraternity obligations into the mix.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life was my primary concern when applying to Colgate, because I wasn't into it, and I was afraid I wouldn't like the type of social life it created. Fortunately, it turned out okay.

As a girl, I chose not to join because (a) it wasn't my thing, (b) I knew a bunch of upperclassmen girls who I respected and admired who weren't in it and who assured me my social life wouldn't suffer without it.

I'm really happy with my choice not to join, but I do have friends in a couple of the sororities, and it has had zero effect on our friendships. And, as a girl, I can still get into the majority of frat parties without a problem, so my social life hasn't suffered. As part of a sorority, you'll have more connections and more opportunities to mix with frat guys, but I had no problem going to just a party or two each weekend.

As a guy, it's harder because if you don't join a fraternity, you won't be able to get into any frat parties (except in special circumstances) and sororities don't have parties. So joining greek life is a bigger deal for guys.

That said, there are plenty of other opportunities to socialize and party/ Club sports such as water polo, skiing, and rugby have plenty of "pubs" among themselves, and other organizations such as a capella groups and OE and geology club party a lot too. Even physics club has an annual formal. Then there's always the jug or other bars in town. Or just hang with your friends. The point is: there are plenty of opportunities to party-- or not party-- outside of greek life. Though it is a big part of it, it doesn't define the social scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There needs to be more sororities on campus to accommodate the amount of women who want to join one


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Greek life at Colgate is best described as a sizable minority. Across the six fraternities and three sororities, members can be seen participating in any of the 25 Division I athletic teams, volunteering with the Center for Outreach Volunteerism and Education (COVE), or performing on stage; simply put, going Greek at 'Gate does not mean that is your sole contribution to campus. In keeping with the tradition of an overinvolved Colgate student, Greek life continues to represent significant portions of Colgate's student body. Although Greek-letter organizations on campus do represent many social options on campus, they also take part in significant philanthropic efforts and often team up with other organizations across campus.

A few years back, the University purchased all of the Greek houses, and now, in addition to maintaining the houses, has taken a stricter stance on evening walk-throughs by Campus Safety. Colgate's delayed-rush system prohibits first-years from taking part in pre-recruitment and limits both sorority and fraternity recruitment to early in the first semester of the sophomore year. Parties at Greek houses are occasionally open events, but more often than not, they are "mixers" between different Greek-letter organizations. That being said, while a fair number of students are involved in Greek life, the majority of Greek students maintains strong friendships outside of their houses, creating a favorable relationship between Greek and non-Greek students across campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Life Advisory Council
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Colgate has a delayed-rush system, meaning students cannot participate in Greek organizations until their sophomore year on campus.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 72 responses

  • 75% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 15% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 8% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 1% 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 73 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 33% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 21% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 74 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 45% Somewhat difficult.
  • 8% Very difficult.
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