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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We are a small, suburban/rural campus so the fraternity and party scene is largely dominated by Greek life and parties.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek myself, but I have friends that are and have little to no complaints.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is definitely big on the Gettysburg College campus. There are 9 fraternities and 7 sororities on campus, but the sororities do not have houses. Each fraternity house seems to coincide with a specific sports team, which can make them feel pretty exclusive. For the most part, non-Greeks view and treat Greeks as any other students, unless they make particularly poor choices based on the fraternity or sorority they are a part of.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, and I see a lot of problems with the Greek community on campus and the Greek system in general.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're looking for Greek Life, then you've come to the right place. There are lots of options and they all pretty much run campus, in both a good way and a bad way. They don't necessarily seem snobby or cliquey, but that's because a lot of the students can be that way, (since they come from affluent backgrounds). As for housing, fraternities get houses, but in Pennsylvania, sororities don't.

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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 35 responses

  • 71% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 9% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 20% 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 34 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 38% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 30 responses

  • 53% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 43% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 35 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 43% Somewhat easy.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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