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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: All of them are fake. Literally they aren't nationally known due to people getting their feelings hurt over he idea of being excluded from a group even though that's basically what a fraternity/sorority entails so just dumb.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Becoming a part of a sorority was one of the best choices I made this year. We throw a lot of parties, however most of them are invite only, because sororities are not allowed to have houses on/off campus, meanwhile frats can :( However you don't have to be a part of a greek group to party, there are plenty of open parties held by frats.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that big on campus. The fraternities and sororities are not nationally recognized so if you have friends at other Insitutions, they won't know what feat or sorority you're in. Pledging is different than at other schools also, because pledging starts during second semester, but there are pre pledge events.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I never joined but I was slightly tempted several years. They can be good groups of friends but they don't force you to only hang out with them.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is very accepting and its not a big deal whether you join or don't

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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 37 responses

  • 35% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 41% 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.
  • 22% 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 38 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 39% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 39 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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