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5 College Senior

Greek Life: There is Greek life available if you so desire in very nice brownstones.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Frats do some good for the community, but they still are mostly athletic, party-throwing, econ majors for the most part, and even though some frats are a little more diverse and interesting, I think it is good that they are not a huge force on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big deal on campus, but it's definitely there. They have pretty nice brownstones too.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at CU, in my experience, hasn't really had a large effect on my overall college experience in general. However, I never planned to join a fraternity/become involved in the first place. Some of the letter organizations live in brownstones all to themselves and of course throwing parties is a staple for most of them. They also host campus events such as galas in coordination with other greek letter organizations or student led groups. A fair amount of people don't participate in greek life at all (probably somewhere between 80-90%) since the metropolitan area doesn't really allow for the typical college frat/sorority atmosphere. Most people go out into the city when they're partying, not many people want to be cramped in a brownstone on a saturday night, but there are those that do too.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The housing is gorgeous and everyone who talks about being in a fraternity or sorority says good things, but it's no big deal if you don't join.

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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 68 responses

  • 9% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 35% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 46% 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 68 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 68% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 67 responses

  • 43% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 10% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 24% No special housing is available.
  • 22% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 66 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 24% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.


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