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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's great once your involved. It's a great way to get involved on campus, it opens many different doors on campus. But unfortunately it is true, you are either very involved through various organizations, greek, or an athlete, there is nothing in between. Greek life does many thing on campus both community service and socially. There is no official greek housing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is able to provide the school with many community centered events such as softball, ultimate frisbee, and dodgeball tournaments to name a few. I am not in a sorority, but am in a service fraternity that is not as big as other Greek chapters on campus since you are able to be in Alpha Phi Omega and also be in another sorority or fraternity. We meet once a week and have various service, leadership, and fellowship points that you have to have each semester, but if you don't meet the requirements, there are other ways around them. This is not a huge commitment, but the time I've spent participating in APO has lead me to do some service activities that I normally would not have done. APO has also allowed me to meet and become closer friends with individuals that I would not have normally been friends with. Other Greek life groups on campus have a bigger commitment once you join, but still is very manageable if you are in other clubs, organizations, or a sport. There are three girls on my softball team that are in sororities and they are able to manage it all with having difficult majors. Greek life at our school is not at all about the parties, which are very rarely even had. They are about service to the community and relationships with others in campus to get everyone involved.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Again Greek life isn't that important at elmhurst college but if you do join its a good thing because you are helping the community, the school, and students.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma, greek life is highly important to me. In terms of the perception of Greeks vs. non-Greeks on campus, at Elmhurst it's about the individual and the contributions made to make Elmhurst College a better campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not apart of it, but my friends like it

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There is Greek life here, but it is not a large part of the College. The sororities are much more successful than the fraternities, mainly because girls make up approximately 65 percent of Elmhurst’s student body. Also, many students are commuters or transfers, so they aren’t that involved in campus activities. Plus, students are practically kicked off campus by the time they are juniors, so nearly all transfer students live off campus. Therefore, most Greek members join their organization freshman year and are a part of their frat or sorority for all four years.

Elmhurst's Greek organizations occasionally meet with fraternities or sororities from other school because there are so many colleges in the area, but after the first few weeks of college, visible fraternity activity nearly disappears. They attempt to recruit, but once they are satisfied with their numbers, it takes a backseat to college life. Sororities have a more significant role, but it’s still nothing overwhelming. If you’re interested in joining a Greek organizations but don’t want to dedicate your life to one, then Elmhurst is perfect for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
11%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
10%
Number of Fraternities
3
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
Sororities
  • Alpha Phi
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Multicultural Colonies
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Leadership Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 51 responses

  • 12% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 61% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 8% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 20% 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 50 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 70% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 2% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 51 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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