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3 College Senior

Greek Life: We have a really high rate of Greek (like 50%), but it actually doesn't interfere with non-Greek students much because we don't have houses on campus for them to throw parties at (I think they have parties off-campus). I only notice them during pledging and when they all wear their t-shirts for whatever reason.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The majority of girls are in sororities. Far fewer guys are in fraternities, though there are fewer male students overall. The Greek life at Furman is very understated. By that I mean, it's very far from the intensity and stereotyped nature of Greek life at big state schools. Greeks are friends with non-Greeks, it's not a huge deal, but people can feel left out if they're not part of Greek life.

Greek students live in designated halls a part of the dorms.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I play a sport and am not able to participate.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very strong at Furman but not essential. It is a great way to make friends but independents, and greeks from all different organizations are often besties.


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The Greek scene is a big part of life at Furman whether you are in a Greek organization or not. Most people have been to at least one fraternity party or participated in a Greek-sponsored charity fundraiser. It is difficult to ignore the fraternity and sorority jerseys that students wear to class, and each Greek organization has an unofficially designated table in the Dining Hall. Those who are members are almost always positive about it. People seem to have tons of pride for it,but they don't let it take over their lives. These students are involved in other student organizations, as well. Girls seem more likely than guys to have friends who don't wear the same Greek letters, but there are also a large amount of guys who aren't in a fraternity at all.

The biggest effect of Greek life at Furman is the way it fills your social calendar. Sororities have date parties, and fraternities have house parties every weekend. The frats dominate the party scene; if you are into parties, you are usually Greek. The biggest thing missing from the Greek scene at Furman is sorority houses, but sorority members appreciate not having to pay for housing expenses in their dues. Overall, the most social people at Furman are Greek, but there are still lots of other ways to meet people and make friends if Greek organizations are not your thing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every year during Homecoming week each fraternity and sorority pair up and compete in skits, banner decorating, float building, and spirit competitions all based on the Homecoming theme. The winners are announced at half-time of the football game.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 22 responses

  • 50% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 36% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 9% 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.
  • 5% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 22 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 32% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 45% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 95% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% 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 21 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 19% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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