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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think the way Greek Life is handled at DePauw is unique to other schools. Kids rush during the spring semester so they can get to know everyone and all the houses before making a decision. They don't have to pick a fraternity without getting to know all the guys in the house first. Almost all of DePauw's social scene is at the fraternities.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome. It definitely runs the campus so I see why independent students get annoyed sometimes, but for those involved it's a great community.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, but DePauw would be completely different without Greek life.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I understand why some people want to join Greek life, but it's not for everyone. It's something major to consider when coming to DePauw. I also think rush is poorly conducted. You are judged based off of ten minutes of someone in the house talking to you about the most superficial, small-talk topics. I don't believe it's a solid way to get to know somebody for who they really are. Also, when people don't get into the house that they wanted, it leaves a huge impact on them and their self-esteem. People feel as though they weren't good enough or that something is wrong with them, and that sends a terrible message to freshmen. And while I understand the whole "sisterhood" concept, being in a house definitely changes people and makes them much more group-oriented and exclusive. I thought we were supposed to leave cliques back in high school?

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love the fraternity that I am in, and i never thought i would.


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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 27 responses

  • 78% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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 26 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 26 responses

  • 100% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 62% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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