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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I did not formally rushed during the fall and instead did informal rush during the spring. Ten other girls rushed along with me and it was amazing that we all got into the Kappa Delta Omicron chapter at IWU. When I was given a tour around the house as well as given an opportunity to speak with one of the members, I immediately knew that I wanted to be here. Despite it not being formal, the process was very insightful and I've gained ten new family members just like that and many more to come. Kappa Delta does a series of fundraisers and volunteering throughout the year to make sure all our members are actively involved in the community. Our chapter, along with the other houses, are very interconnected and we organize events together. One major event is Greek Week where all the houses fundraise as well as compete in a friendly contest to select Greek God and Goddess. Greek life is major in IWU and will only benefit you, especially when none of the houses are allowed to haze.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Our school has about 5 social fraternities and sororities, of which vary in their support for the school, fundraising, philanthropies, etc. We also have other greek life that is not social, which does quite amazing things for the community. I think what makes our school great is the three music fraternities. The music fraternities make it a point to bring people together for their love of music, as well as put on fundraising and philanthropic events and projects.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being part of a sorority myself, it is really down to earth and about so much more than what you see on tv. There are a lot of fundraisers and awareness events that help the philosophies, as well as the communities. Also, it is such a friendly environment that you even consider the girls that are not in the same sorority as sisters. Honestly, there is no impact on the non-Greeks and there is no pressure at all. With being such a small school, everyone knows everyone.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am involved with greek life at my school and joined second semester of my freshman year so I saw both sides. Most students are indifferent about greek life. However, it is extremely noticeable that the fraternities/sororities are very active on campus and in the community.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I personally am not in a sorority, but have had no hinderances because of my GED status.

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Greek life is a great alternative to traditional student housing and will expose you to a lot of different people. At IWU, each of the frats and sororities differ in the kinds of people that join. TKE is full of soccer jocks, Sig Chi has the rest of the jocks, Sig Pi is home to more theater and fine arts majors, and so on. Each house is its own community, and in that sense, they are much like the small halls on campus. The rivalries between frats are played down, though toilet paper occasionally makes its way into the trees from time to time. Feuds within the sororities are sometimes notorious and sometimes petty, but always hilarious.

Greek activities do not extend beyond parties, for the most part. There will be benefit concerts and carwashes and food drives, all of which contribute to this cause or that, but none of which generates considerable interest. You can't always recognize frat guys on the quad, but sorority girls always carry their standard-issue tote emblazoned with the requisite Greek letters. Frat guys are unmistakable at basketball games as they stand right on the sideline and jeer the ref, initiating most of the excitement in the stands. At key times, members' Greek affiliation is evident, but the rest of the day, it's just the place they live.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
31%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
29%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
33%
Freshman Women in Sororities
31%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
4
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Sigma Chi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Kappa
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

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

  • 43% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 55% 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.
  • 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 42 responses

  • 26% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 62% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 41 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 68% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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