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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: greek life has is amazing, they do so many things for the community and they really are their for eachother.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you don't plan on joining greek life or attending the school of music, I would seriously reconsider attending here. I think its around 70% of the student body that is involved in greek life, which is either the highest in the nation or very close to it. Greek life basically controls the social and party scene here. Parties are almost always at frats, as there aren't really any bars here. If you're in the school of music it's easier to not be in greek life as a substantial amount of music majors aren't greek. Non-greeks aren't necessarily viewed badly by greeks or vice-versa, but greek life is a huge part of the social scene. Every sorority and fraternity has a house on campus and many students live in them, especially sophomores. The greek housing is not opulent like southern schools, but it's not that bad either.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The campus is mainly Greek, but the Greeks are not overtly cliquish

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have the BEST Greek life. An overwhelming majority of the campus goes Greek; it's a huge part of the campus culture.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've heard most of the non-Greek students say that they don't see a difference between the two groups. The Greeks tend to be with their housemates more but there's not a great separation between the groups.

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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 36 responses

  • 75% 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.
  • 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 35 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 35 responses

  • 20% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 20% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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