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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have several friends that participate in greek life

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge, but it's definitely alive. However, people involved in Greek life are usually very nice and a lot of sororities on campus do great things for the community surrounding the school. Sororities and fraternities usually live off campus in the neighborhood right next to the acaremic side.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I would not go so far to say that campus life is affected by Greek life at Hofstra because unless you are in a Fraternity or Sorority, you can easily go throughout your college experience without having really noticed. The majority of what I have seen of what that part of college life is that you have an additional group of friends who are campus and another reason to party. The Greek housing are just small houses off campus that are in the less than savory portion of the town outside of our campus so it's not always safe, especially if you are alone.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life could be so much bigger at Hofstra, although it's currently growing. I am a Phi Delt at Hofstra University, and I can honestly say that it's plays a huge role in my everyday life. Not only does Hofstra Greek Life grant you a opportunity to party like a big time school student, but it also opens doors, academically and for your future. Only as a rising junior, I have made some of my best friends whom are also Hofstra Greeks and have built relationships that will only benefit me down the road. Not only do the greeks at Hofstra party hard; we also partake in community service around campus and in our surrounding communities at Hofstra.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: This doesn't really apply to me as I don't plan to join greek life

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While less than 10 percent of boys and girls on Hofstra's campus join fraternities and sororities, it may sometimes seem like everyone is in a Greek organization. At any time of day, in any part of campus, you are sure to see someone wearing a sweatshirt, jacket, or T-shirt with fraternity or sorority letters. Even if it starts to feel like you're the only person that isn't in one of the two, rest assured that 90 percent of the campus isn't either. But if you are willing to make the commitment, Greek life can be very rewarding. The various organizations have several exclusive events throughout the course of the semester and offer members a support system that will last a lifetime. There is also the opportunity for scholarships from Greek alumni.

If a commitment to Greek life isn't for you, you can still attend many of their events throughout the year. The one time you might really run into trouble trying to do anything on campus is during "Greek Week," when the various organizations compete in different events for "Chapter of the Year." During that week, it is almost impossible to wade through what seems like an endless sea of Greek letters. But many of the other clubs on campus hold events, as well, so if you want to keep away from all things Greek, it is entirely possible to do so.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
6%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
8%
Number of Fraternities
10
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Chi
  • Malik
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Theta Beta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • MALIK
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • African-Latino Fraternal Sororal Alliance
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every spring semester, fraternities and sororities compete against one another in what's called Greek Week. Competitive events range from track and field to swimming and diving. There are also out of the ordinary events like a scavenger hunt.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 153 responses

  • 29% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 53% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 14% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 151 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 57% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 151 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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