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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life runs the social scene and is honestly pretty miserable, but we're in Ithaca... What else is there to do?

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not in greek life but have friends who are. The Cornell greek life has a great community!

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally involved in Greek life at Cornell, for various reasons that I have pondered over for some time. I have observed Greek life to be cliquey and also to cause social and even legal problems on campus or just between students in general. I know for a fact that hazing is common in the Greek life at Cornell, due to the fact that some people I know in fraternities have confessed to being hazed, quite badly in fact. Greek life members lie, cheat, act like sexual predators, put down others, objectify women, use hardcore drugs, and otherwise influence their members and those around them to do wrong. I am very unimpressed with the social impact of Greek life on our campus.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I have personally had a great experience with the greek system. Its where I met all of my best friends and I can't imagine my college career without those people. Also if you're someone who likes to party (I hate to say it) but you pretty much have to be in greek life. Cops crack down pretty hard on open parties, so if you don't want to go to bars every single night greek mixers are pretty much your only option.

There is definitely some tension between the greek and non-greek community. From my perspective it seems like non-greeks have somewhat of a vendetta against the greeks, but then again I am also greek so I am probably biased. As far as I know there aren't any people within the greek system that have anything against people who chose not to join.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If youre in Greek life its amazing. There are over 30 frats and over 10 sororities, so if you want to join, and have an open mind about where to join, getting a bid is pretty easy. The kids that don't join Greek life usually dont go out as much or do not want to make it a big part of their college experience. GDI's typically look down upon Greeks and try to interfere with greek lifes through slander and even some times direct action. In all honesty if you're not on a sports team, which has the same social opportunities as Greek life, you should definitely rush a house.

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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 129 responses

  • 60% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 30% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 9% 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 128 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 129 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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