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3 College Senior

Greek Life: No personal vendettas, but they are pretty cliquey. Not much purpose to join one on campus, and all groups have some form of hazing (except the SKYs...so they say). A few groups (OWLs, AXEs, and Delts) should not be groups anymore due to hazing issues over the past few years, but due to alumni funds that come from prior members of the groups, they are still around and only have their ability to have a pledge class suspended.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: As an active member of the greek community on my campus, and having seen other greek groups at larger state schools, the greek community here is wonderful. It's such a small campus it's impossible for real rivalries to exist and everyone is friendly with each other. The groups are also smaller (the largest of which being only about 60 or so people) so that means better environment to develop and maintain lasting friendships AND a better chance of becoming close with your alumni. Greek life here is great!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Many students on campus are involved in Greek life. Though not a requirement to be involved on campus, many do end up pledging to a Greek group eventually. None of the Greek groups on campus are affiliated with national chapters, nor do they have their own chapter houses, due to various circumstances.

People in sororities/fraternities will tend to spend time with each other and form cliques. Some groups even have their own lunch tables in the dining hall. Non-Greeks may enjoy the pre-pledging parties, or they may not be involved with Greek life at all.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There's some with bad reputations of hazing, sleeping around, being snobs and downright unpleasant. I'm indifferent because I am not part of it. I wouldn't want to join one either way. I don't desire that and I also don't feel inspired by any positive image that any sorority/fraternity displays (because there isn't any).

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: About 30% of the student body participates in Greek life, which are strictly local groups with no national affiliation. There are no special housing opportunities for Greeks and non-Greeks do not usually view individuals by more than their individual characteristics, but sometimes when Greek groups are together non-Greeks apply the stereotype that is assigned that group.

The social atmosphere is stimulated through Greek groups, and those in Greek groups have a community service requirement so you will often see members hosting or participating in some sort of service project as well as hosting parties and other activities for the campus to take part in.

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Greek life is active and visible at Cornell, with about 20 percent of the student body involved in one of the 15 local sororities and fraternities. Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to Cornell Greek groups, with some groups known for their strict alcohol policies and commitment to service and others for the great parties they throw on the weekends. The non-national aspect of the groups adds a deeper sense of community to Greek life in general and makes dues affordable for everyone.

There are no Greek houses, so students who are affiliated usually live in the dorms with the non-affiliated students. A few groups do have unofficial off-campus houses or apartments which serve primarily as hang out spots and party locales. The attitude of the rest of campus really varies by individual, ranging from disgust to enjoyment of the activities Greeks provide. Cliques, inter-group rivalries, and exclusivity are the most commonly cited problems within Cornell’s Greek system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
20%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
8
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Epsilon
  • Beta Omicron
  • Delta Phi Rho
  • Gamma Tau Pi
  • Mu Lambda Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Nu
  • Sigma Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Sigma Pi
  • Delta Phi Delta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Theta
  • Phi Lambda Xi
  • Phi Omega
  • Rho Zeta Omicron
Other Greek Organizations
Greek Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 26 responses

  • 38% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 38% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 19% 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 27 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 41% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 96% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 28 responses

  • 18% Very easy.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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