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Greek Life

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Apart of the fabric of this school.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As an independent student, I'm in the minority here, but I have tons of friends that decided to go Greek. Greek life here is different than at other places because we are so small. Everyone is friends with everyone, it isn't cliquey. Greeks don't treat independents differently than any other person. Our recruitment process is deferred until second semester in order to stress the importance of community and academics overall, as well. I think that's a great way to go about it. Don't expect to rush during your first month here like at other big schools.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very dominant on campus, you see posters and banners everyday for different events for greek events on campus. The campus does seem united with the bonds between the greek houses. However, since greek life is very prominent on campus it's hard to find a non-greek member on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of DePauw. It's really the only thing that most people do in Greencastle. It is 85% Greek. There is a lot of partying going on. It's kind of hard to find your group if you're not in Greek life, which is where I am currently at (trying to find the right group for me).

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have ten different fraternities and between them, there's one for everyone.

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Greek life and social life at DePauw are virtually one in the same. So much so, that 75 percent of the campus is involved in the Greek system, making DePauw one of the most Greek universities in the country. Although you will find quite a few stereotypical pearl clad, ribbon-wearing sorority girls, and a whole host of polo-attired fratastic guys, with such a large Greek system, each house offers something for just about anyone's needs and interests.

The campus strives to combat the Greek party-scene reputation by offering many campus-wide activities for independents, as well as Greeks. When night falls, though, most students are found beer ponging at Beta or stumbling the party trail from ATO to Phi Psi. Most weekend days are marked by Greek philanthropy events, which are open to all of campus, but the social networks the Greek system provides can be exclusionary to those on the outside. Those not interested in the Greek system should not completely discount the University, but an open mind towards the recruitment process and a love of the movie Animal House are a benefit to any student choosing DePauw. Whether it is for the life long bond of brotherhood and sisterhood, or the endless theme nights and cheap house beer, the Greek system adds a charm and flavor to DePauw that few universities can match.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
78%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
68%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon (MGC)
  • Omega Phi Beta (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • G.E.A.R. (Greek Educators, Advocates, and Resources)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Pan-Hellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • DePauw has two alpha chapter sororities: Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta.
  • DePauw's chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, founded at DePauw in 1845, is considered the longest continuously running chapter of any Greek organization in the world.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 41 responses

  • 76% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 2% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 22% 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 40 responses

  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 40 responses

  • 18% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 22% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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