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2 College Senior

Greek Life: They are everywhere and unavoidable. If you don't plan on joining, they will still affect your life at Cornell in many ways.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of Greek life, I have enjoyed the benefits of a greatly expanded social life and party scene. Many of the parties on campus, especially during the spring semester, are closed mixers meaning that a place outside of the Greek system leaves little options. Other social events such as wine tours, date nights, and formals mean many weekends filled with fun. While there are many social aspects to Greek life, I didn't find any negative impact upon my studies. There are many offerings for help and tutoring among members and as a sorority sister living in the house I found abundant support and people willing to help me focus. Unfortunately the rushing process itself is a trying and arduous process that many find it hard to persist through. While I hated rush week and all it entailed, I am glad that I gave it a chance and stuck it through for the benefits. While I didn't initially plan on joining Greek life due to the streotypes often flouted, I have met many interesting people involved in a wide array of activities and pursuing many diverse interests. I would say it is accurate to say that there is no specific "type" of person whose is involved in Greek life and that it is beneficial to give it a try if you are on the edge.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very prevalent. It rules the school.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in greek life

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It really does not matter very much if you're a part of greek life.


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Most students agree that Greek life is very visible on campus. However, for those who don’t wish to participate, it’s fairly easy to ignore, although finding parties may prove difficult. Greek life dominates the social scene for those under 21, after which its influence decreases considerably.

Some students are suspect of the Greek system’s practices and its support of cliques and a patriarchal system. Negative stereotypes about those in the Greek system may or may not be true, but many students support and enjoy Greek life. Fraternities and sororities may insulate themselves, but many host open parties, events, and charity drives that engage the entire Cornell community. In general, members of the Greek system love it, and outside members are either apathetic or dislike it—it really depends on individual preference.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Alpha Zeta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Society
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Seal and Serpent Society
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Chi Delta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • The Sigma Phi Society
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Colonies
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors InterFraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • The Greek scene varies considerably, ranging from typical, social-oriented chapters to service and pre-professional fraternities.
  • Joining a fraternity or sorority can open new avenues in your social experience at Cornell. Most chapters have their own parties, formals, and football tailgates. They also join in all-Greek events. Being a part of the Greek organization gives you the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with people from all walks of life.
  • Some members actively participate in community service activities in and around the greater Ithaca area. During Rush Week, girls visit each sorority on campus to meet with sisters in order to find an ideal match. Guys, on the other hand, visit fraternities of their choice for "smokers" during the daytime.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 139 responses

  • 60% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 31% 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.
  • 1% 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 138 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 35% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 36% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 25% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 139 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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