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.