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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I've heard many stories about parties and alumni coming back and hazing new recruits.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not much housing available at fraternities or sororoties.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of Dartmouth, but you don't have to be in a sorority or fraternity to go to the parties. It is also easy to get into parties because there are no arbitrary rules that require a certain guy -to-girl ratio. If you do not get accepted to your favorite frat/sorority, a lot people end up falling in love with where they end up. Plus, pong games are more fun and complicated than just throwing a ball in a cup.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big in the college, but greeks do their fair share of both parties and community service.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The social scene IS 99% Greek life


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Because of Dartmouth’s extreme isolation and veritable lack of alternative social outlets, the College’s Greek system has remained a powerful and enduring campus institution for decades. Fraternities—and to some extent sororities and other coed social clubs—at Dartmouth have historically stepped in to fill the after-hours void in most students’ schedules—a fact which shows little sign of changing as time goes on. While fostering friendships and facilitating relaxation are certainly positive contributions in a high-pressure environment like Dartmouth, the Greek system is ultimately a negative force on campus, simply because it is so unsupervised. At least this is the administration’s take on the matter, much to the chagrin of many alumni who support Greek life and its many appertaining excesses. If you were to ask most thoughtful Dartmouth students how they honestly feel about the Greek system, many would probably express ambivalence and perhaps a little bewilderment.

Most Dartmouth frat houses are in appalling physical condition. They are positively unsanitary and probably a little unsafe—certainly not the kinds of places parents would want their little Ivy Leaguer spending too much time, much less living in. Dartmouth is unique among its peers in many respects, and its approach to partying is certainly no exception to the rule. The extent to which Dartmouth’s obsession with frat life and alcohol detracts from its status as a serious, academic institution is probably the most disturbing thing about the Dartmouth Greek system. While the old Animal House days can only be relived on celluloid, Greek houses still have a commanding presence over the Dartmouth social scene. Frats remain a trenchant and entrenched part of Dartmouth culture, despite administration's efforts to diminish their influence through a somewhat weak-willed Student Life Initiative. Upperclass students, especially girls, find themselves a little jaded with the frat scene, but, for the most part, underclass students consider it a blessing.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Alpha
  • Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Bones Gate
  • Chi Gamma Epsilon
  • Chi Heorot
  • Gamma Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Kappa
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Delta Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Epsilon Kappa Theta
  • Kappa Delta Epsilon
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Theta
  • Coed Council
  • Greek Leaders Council Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Phi Tau
  • The Tabard
Did You Know?
"Animal House" writer Chris Miller based the famous Delta chapter after Dartmouth's own Alpha Delta.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 54 responses

  • 89% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 4% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 54 responses

  • 26% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 48% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 54 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 24% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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