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Greek Life

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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

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is an important part of the social scene at Colgate, but it is the exception, not the rule. It does not dictate the culture on campus and can be acknowledged or ignored.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: What's unique about Colgate is that you don't actually rush until your sophomore year. Right now Colgate officially has 3 sororities and 5 existing fraternities, but there may or may not be existing underground groups that like to rage as well. Girls honestly only need to join a sorority if they're genuinely interested in all of the aspects of the sisterhood, and really want to be able to attend mixers with frats, the frequency of which varies depending on which sorority you're in. Guys who want to be part of the social scene should definitely try to join though, as most of the party scene revolves heavily around frats.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: In previous years the Greek Life was a lot larger on campus. Recently, many have been kicked off and the number of frats and sororities is dwindling.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is too strong on campus. It acts to alienate students who choose to go non-Greek and routinely violate hazing rules to earn only slaps on the wrist. Greek alumni donors have the school in a stranglehold and act to soften any punishment against their houses. Greek students pay lip service to how they remain friends with non-Greek students. The fact is almost all social interaction on weekends is concentrated at the Greek houses. Lastly, Greek life is responsible for most social disruptions and alcohol/drug violations on campus.

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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
32%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
29%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
6
Number of Sororities
3
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • 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 68 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.
  • 9% 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 69 responses

  • 6% 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.
  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 70 responses

  • 6% Very easy.
  • 41% Somewhat easy.
  • 44% Somewhat difficult.
  • 9% Very difficult.
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