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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While I'm not crazy about Greek Life in general, I really love my sisters in my sorority and am so happy to have found a home.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a dangerous, harmful force on this campus. Many people I know were really hurt by the rush process, by being in a chapter, or by trying to have a social life an an independent. Even though only 1/3 of students are Greek, it is clear that they dominate the social scene (or at least think they do).

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I love it as a sorority member but we are not seen positively

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can often times seem a bit cliquey, and being a guy, it is very difficult to get into fraternity parties unless I have girls with me. I'm not a big fan of the Greek system at Duke, which is why I chose an alternative.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is available, but not overpowering.

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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 49 responses

  • 65% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 29% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% 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 48 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 33% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 48 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 83% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 48 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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