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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek Life, so I am not a great authority on this. But I have friends involved, and they seem to like it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The frats are good but recruitment for sororities are based on shallow qualifications just like at any other school.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Columbia University is difficult to get in because there are so many students.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is one of the best things on campus. They become the major leaders in clubs, societies, and student government. The GPAs of Greeks are often higher than that of most other clubs, and they foster a great and fun community to be a part of.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't interested and didn't pay much attention and that wasn't a unique attitude on campus.

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While Greek life does exist at Columbia, most students would agree that its presence is not particularly notable. Most students know of only a handful of fraternities, and sororities are almost never heard from. For many students, fraternities are just houses with parties that serve as a last-minute social activity if no other plans are available. Most students at Columbia value individuality and diversity of experience too much to stick to frat parties every weekend.

The Greek system at Columbia is very self-contained. Most members only really interact with each other, and the majority of students has little to no interest in Greek ongoings (apart from the occasional scandal, which affects Columbia's public image—Google "Operation Ivy League" for more details). Lots of Greek members are athletes, another group in which most students do not include themselves, which could contribute to the overall lack of interest in Greek life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
10%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
10%
Number of Fraternities
18
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (NAPA)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (NAPA)
  • Lambda Pi Chi (NALFO)
  • Omega Phi Beta (NALFO)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NALFO)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (NALFO)
  • Pi Delta Psi (NAPA)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (NALFO)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (NMGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (NMGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • InterFraternity Council
  • InterGreek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Columbia has a chapter of St. Anthony's Hall, a semi-secret literary society that has only a few chapters at elite schools in the United States. While they're known at other schools as being snobby intellectuals, their reputation at Columbia is only as snobs. Typically, they're among the wealthiest students at Columbia. But before you turn up your nose, remember, they throw open-bar parties every Thursday night at their beautiful brownstone on 116th and Riverside Drive, so it's best to befriend them if you can.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 88 responses

  • 11% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 40% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 40% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 7% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 88 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 65% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 86 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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