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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't participate in Greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty good actually. That's the only way you'll ever find out about any parties. Not that that's a main reason to join them. There are actually some really cool people in the Greek groups here, very sweet and open to getting to know you. If you're a girl and want to join a sorority, just at tip: don't rush just because you want to be in a sorority. Rush because you want to find a group of girls you fit in with and can become good friends with. The girls in the sororities can tell when you're rushing just to have letters and when you're actually looking for friends.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: If you're not part of the Greek life, you're generally looked down upon. The groups vary from typical sorority/fraternity groups to the opposite: strange and random groups of people in a Greek group. I guess this means anyone can find a Greek group to join. Girls are not allowed to have housing groups while boys can, which seems a little unfair.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Its special at GCC. Join a greek! They're not the typical greek life for girls. Greeks are great, a support group. Not just for partying.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is strongly emphasized here for fundraising purposes.

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Greek Grovers advertise their fraternity or sorority with a T-shirt that says, "the insiders just can't explain and the outsiders just can't understand." And many non-Greeks have no desire to understand. Because the College is a private Christian institution, its sororities and fraternities are not local chapters of the national system. All Greek housing is on campus. While men are usually guaranteed housing with their fraternity, women may not be guaranteed housing on the sorority hall.

Greeks make up about 15 percent of the student body, but Greek life does not dominate the College social scene. Some Greeks complain that the school newspaper misrepresents or under represents their importance on campus. They feel judged by the administration and non-Greeks. Non-Greeks, in turn, often view the noise and secrecy of pledge week with suspicion and skepticism. Besides the usual semester parties, Grove City College Greeks also sponsor annual fundraisers. Events like basketball tournaments, walk-a-thons, and a "Big Man on Campus" male beauty pageant have raised thousands for charities like the American Cancer Society. The nine independent men's housing groups are less formal associations than their fraternity counterparts, but offer similar friendships and activities. Men can have the benefit of living near friends without the secrecy and stigma that many Greeks carry. Since Greeks and independents are required to live near each other-even on the same halls-misunderstandings are more obvious than other school settings where Greeks have housing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
15%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
19%
Number of Fraternities
10
Number of Sororities
8
Fraternities
  • Adelphikos
  • Beta Sigma
  • Delta Iota Kappa
  • Epsilon Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Phi
  • Nu Lambda Phi
  • Omicron Xi
  • Pan Sophic
  • Phi Tau Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Sigma
Sororities
  • Alpha Beta Tau
  • Gamma Chi
  • Gamma Sigma Phi
  • Phi Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Delta Phi
  • Sigma Theta Chi
  • Theta Alpha Pi
  • Zeta Zeta Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Grove City College's fraternities and sororities are unique and separate from the national Greek system.
  • Grove City College has Independent Men's Housing Groups that function much like fraternities, but without the pledging and other aspects of Greek tradition.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 39 responses

  • 15% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 69% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 10% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 39 responses

  • 21% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 21% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 40 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 39 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 64% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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