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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big here. The Greeks aren't the only ones who have a good time, although they are the most socially relevant. Open parties are a lot of fun, but most freshman guys can't go, however once you're a sophomore you can rush and if you go Greek you'll get to go to mixers and formals which are a blast.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty big deal at 'Gate. The frat parties are where it's at, and while lots of non-affiliated students still have a good time people in Greek life seem to have much busier social lives and are generally more relevant in the social scene. This goes especially for guys.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I appreciate the frats for the parties they throw. All of the sororities kinda suck. I think that sums it up for me.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life seems to be the dominant force of the social scene. While the rush process is competitive, more than half of guys and girls who rush get bids (around 60-70%).

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does cause divisions on campus but the parties are a great time!! It defines your life more if you're a guy.


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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 61 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.
  • 2% 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 62 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 42% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 32% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 62 responses

  • 77% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 16% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 63 responses

  • 6% Very easy.
  • 43% Somewhat easy.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 8% Very difficult.
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