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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From what I have seen about Greek life is that most of them do a lot of charity work for the community and volunteering. They also have some fundraisers to help whatever cause they are promoting. Most of them seem to be generally nice.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I, personally, love my experience with Greek life. I went my Freshman year without it, and while it is not something that you see everywhere you go, I just had this feeling deep down inside of me that something was missing from my life. After going out for recruitment, I really became much more of Greek life on campus.

To be entirely honest, if you join a frat, it is your traditional "college as a party" experience, but the sorority life on campus is entirely different. Since we do not have houses and do not mix all that much, our social status is earned primarily through our campus involvement and philanthropy efforts. Joining a sorority at Mason (and I am only talking Panhellenic here) is almost comparable to joining a community service organization. Yes, prepare for heels and pearls and photo shoots, but also prepare for volunteer and service experiences that WILL move you to tears.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No greek housing on campus

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Its hard to get into historically black sororities and fraternities

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's nice being a part of it, but it isn't vital

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Being Greek at Mason won’t make or break one’s social life. But if you don’t go Greek, and you aren't pegged as a "hot freshman" by the upperclassmen frat bros patrolling the freshman dorm areas, your access to frat parties is going to be severely limited. Truth be told, though, there’s not much to miss. Mason has no sorority houses, and frat houses are located off campus, so waiting for the freshman rushes to D.D. students 20 minutes away from campus for a party isn’t always worth it.

Getting into a frat or sorority is generally pretty easy, though some groups are definitely more selective than others. Throughout the year the Greek organizations host or participate in several well-attended campus events such as the Step Expo, Alcohol Awareness Week, and Greek Week. Just like other campus organizations, joining a fraternity or sorority is a good way to meet people and get involved in events on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
7%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
6%
Freshman Students in Greek Life
0%
Number of Fraternities
23
Number of Sororities
15
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • More than 1,200 students are members of Mason's 38 Greek-letter organizations and many of them are involved in other leadership organizations on campus like Student Government and Mason Ambassadors.
  • Every year in March, the fraternities and sororities participate in Shack-a-Thon during Greek Week, where they build shacks to live in for two nights on the North Plaza.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 186 responses

  • 20% 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.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 15% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 183 responses

  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 44% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 185 responses

  • 8% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 12% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 72% No special housing is available.
  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 183 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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