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Greek Life

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Anyone can get in to a frat. They don't really talk to non-greeks and they do little to help around campus.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life at Iowa State is thriving. There are so many houses to join and it is always expanding. The Greek Community does a lot for the University in terms of philanthropy, community service and event planning. To go along with all of that, the Greeks usually are a main area of focus for the social scene.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: I would say we have an awesome Greek community. They provide so many educational/non-educational social events to the campus. i think we are truly blessed to have the Greek community that we do.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I hear it a very fun experience. I have also seen greek house organized events to fundraising for a cause.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most non-Greeks do not like the Greeks.

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For those in the Greek system, being Greek is a big thing—it dominates your social scene. But frats and sororities tend to associate with everybody, even non-Greeks. If you want to join, there are enough so you can find one that suits your interests and personality. Greeks are active in many events, but there are also many opportunities for non-Greeks to be active on campus. If you want to join an organization where it is easy to have an active role, then Greek life is one choice.

Greek house parties and events are typically open to anyone who wanders in. If the parties are what you are looking for, joining is not necessary. Being in a frat or sorority may help you make friends quickly at the beginning, but it may limit your social encounters with the non-Greek population. Make sure you research the different societies and visit them before you decide which one to pledge. It can be hard to keep up on academics and participate in all of the social activities required, so understand the time commitment of the society. Overall, those who enjoy Greek life will enjoy Iowa State, but those who don't wish to participate will equally enjoy their time at Iowa State.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
14%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
13%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
17%
Freshman Women in Sororities
17%
Number of Fraternities
35
Number of Sororities
20
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Adelante
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Farm House
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Kappa
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Phi Beta Chi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 133 responses

  • 32% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 59% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 4% 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 133 responses

  • 13% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 132 responses

  • 85% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 132 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 64% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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