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Greek Life


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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It depends on what you want to get out of Greek life. I think it is as important as you make it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think that Greek life plays a really big role in the African American community at my school. Some think that the only way to be noticed and to do great things is by joining a sorority of fraternity, and that is not the case. On the other hand, Greek life gives one new sisters and brothers that are not able to be found anywhere else. We do not have Greek housing for black frats and sororities.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely worth being involved in. Unfortunately, there are no real houses, just apartment buildings on central. Greek life would be more meaningful (in a positive way) if there were houses. It would create a stronger community based off more than just going out together.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I think Greek life represents another realm of stratification at a university that already deals with issues of classism.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't have a good perspective, but independent students generally don't like most frats.


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Greek life at Duke is pretty big; not as huge as, say, the basketball following, but huge nonetheless. You can survive socially without being a member, but you won’t get through Duke without being at least somewhat affected by Duke’s Greek scene. The number of students in fraternities or sororities might be a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s easy to understand after a bit. There are several Greek groups that don't fit the stereotypical mold of meathead jocks and perfect, pearl-wearing girls; instead, they are just groups of casual friends with social lives scheduled by the Greek chapter. It is not imperative to be Greek in order to have a healthy social life, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Greeks may be a minority within the entire student body, but the majority of the social scene is definitely controlled by Greeks, so most students will at least investigate their options by participating in rush in the spring. 

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel like joining some selective living group. It is quite possible to thrive at Duke without going Greek. However, you’ll want to take Greek life into account when you’re choosing a college. The cliques and groups can be irritating at times throughout the year, but other than a few bad apples, the Greeks at Duke are quite open and friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (IGC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (IGC)
  • Omega Phi Beta (IGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (IGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Inter-Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 65 responses

  • 62% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 32% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 64 responses

  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 34% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 64 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 36% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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