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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Personally - I love Greek life. I started school without it and found myself wondering how everybody made friends so quickly. I had Greek friends who encouraged at least trying it and I took their advice and haven't looked back since. It really helped me to break out of my shell more and find people with common goals and interests throughout the community. Everyone is really welcoming and especially great throughout philanthropies.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think Greek life is for some people. I hope my choice not to does not affect friendships and study groups.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although going greek is a great way to bond with a group of people and organize events, it isn't for everybody. Each greek community has their own personality.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life can often get a bad rap. I personally am in a sorority and I know that the stereotypes of sororities and fraternities are not true at Iowa State. Philanthropy and friendship are very important. Partying is optional and not valued by sororities.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks have a lot of events that non-Greeks are able to attend. They make things social and enjoyable both on and off campus. The Greek houses can't be missed, they are by campus and really nice.

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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 234 responses

  • 40% 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.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 234 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 233 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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