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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I never thought I would join Greek life, even though the majority of students are in at least one Greek organization; however, I ended up joining the music fraternity on campus. If anyone is interested in Greek life, there are plenty of options, including those outside of a strictly social, party-type of group. Even if you choose to not join, this does not divide you. I have plenty of friends outside of Greek life, and plenty part of a fraternity or sorority as well. Greek life does not divide campus; if anything, it brings it together.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent, but it won't impact you if you choose not to be a part of it. For some reason there is a lot of negative feeling towards frats and people involved in frats, but I don't see any issue. It's not for me, and I'm not bothered by it.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not part of it, but I assume it's like a lot of other schools. It's what you make of it. The majority of Greeks love to party of our campus (in my opinion). However, I do know a few Greeks that are into community service.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Have to join greek life to have fun. If you do, it's great. If you don't, transfer

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many of the Greek students have their own separate housing. They are known to have good times on the weekends and many students take advantage of this. Those who are non-Greek and don't wish to participate aren't shunned.

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Campus tour guides and college publications tend to downplay the role the Greek system plays in both the social and academic life of Gettysburg College. This is due to the stereotypical connotation that Greek life has in regard to social life and academics at American universities. While Gettysburg is no exception to some of the negative consequences that result from having a strong Greek system, including high incidences of binge drinking, hazing, and recurring allegations of academic collusion, fraternities and sororities at Gettysburg also play a significant role in terms of public service, borough relations, and outreach programs.

Most members of the Greek system are proud of their particular chapter, and they do their best to make sure they present a positive image to the college and the general public. Gone are the days of Revenge of the Nerds when jocks battle geeks in drinking contests and escalating acts of vandalism. These days, it is all about partying hard until four in the morning, then trying to clean everything up before alumni and family arrive.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
38%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
26%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Life Office
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Sororities are not allowed to have houses on campus, but instead each have a "chapter room" in the Ice House Complex.
  • Gettysburg has had a fraternity presence since 1852. Sororities have been on campus since 1937.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 42 responses

  • 74% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 10% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 17% 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.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 41 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 42 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 43% Somewhat easy.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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