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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I would have never rushed if I went somewhere else

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek-life is okay but i'm not that into the scene like that.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Geek life is an integeral part of the campus - if your in a fraternity or sorority otherwise, its not a big deal.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life but from what I know it's okay

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not partake in greek life but Denison does a good job of fostering the opportunity for those who care bout it.

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A lot of students at Denison choose to participate in Greek life, and many say it is one of the best decisions they've ever made at school. Joining Greek life not only furthers one's sense of belonging, but it also offers new social and networking opportunities. Greek life is very strong at Denison, since it provides students with something different to do on campus as well as an opportunity to volunteer. However, Greek life is not exclusive or dominating, and only about 700 students on campus are affiliated. The sorority or fraternity you choose to become a part of absolutely does not determine your friend group or social status at Denison—it just exposes you to a wider range of people. You do not live with your respective sorority or fraternity and therefore are not surrounded by them 24/7. If you choose not to go Greek, that is more than OK at Denison. Your social life is not compromised because you are unaffiliated, and you will find as you get older it becomes important to know more people, instead of just the people in your sorority or fraternity. Everyone is allowed to participate in or attend the social events hosted by the Greeks on campus, although it is a common misconception that non-Greeks are not allowed to come. Denison is a community that everyone is a part of and that embraces diversity. If you choose not to go Greek, you will still have a great social life—although you will have to endure the hours of honking that occurs right after sorority bid day.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
24%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
30%
Number of Fraternities
10
Number of Sororities
8
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Rho Lambda
Did You Know?
The Greeks do not live in their houses. Frat row has been turned into regular dormitory housing. This was done to negate Denison's reputation as a party school.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 43 responses

  • 56% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 44% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% 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 43 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 49% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 16% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 42 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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