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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is the most controversial thing on campus. There's a ton of debate about sexual assault, binge drinking, and lack of inclusivity (fancy words meaning creating elitist areas), and such. It's pretty revealing that these problems are always discussed with Greek institutions to show how pervasive the problem is.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't plan on pledging but it is fairly common for students to be a part of this.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is simply for those who fancy its taste

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I feel pretty indifferent towards the Greek life so I have yet to go to any real frat parties. To be honest, I might only go and play pong for a bit if my friends invite me, but that's really it. Even if I never join a fraternity, a sorority or a co-ed house, they're still going to have a big impact on my life at Dartmouth. After all, they host lot of fun parties and campus activities. This is so that they can invite as many students as they can to show them the Greek life. This year, for example, many of the houses had pumpkin carving contests and ice cream sundae fairs. I think that was pretty nice of them considering that the freshmen had a six-week ban from attending any frat party serving alcoholic drinks. Out here in Hanover, there's often not much to do, especially during the winter. If you're more used to a faster pace of life, that six-week ban was probably a nightmare haha. In any case, once the ban has been lifted, students can't join the Greek life until sophomore year anyway. I've heard rushing is a really stressful process though. Sometimes, you may not even get into the fraternity or sorority you wanted! But some people stick through until the end so I guess the Greek life is definitely worth it. After all, you get to stay in a nice little New England house with a bunch of close friends. That sounds pretty rad to me, but again I'm not big on parties oops.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life positively affects the social scene and many do great work in the community.

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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
43%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • 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
Sororities
  • 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 35 responses

  • 86% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 3% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 11% 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 35 responses

  • 26% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 35 responses

  • 66% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 23% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 36 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 22% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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