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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There seems to be quite a disparity between Greeks and non-Greeks here. Fraternities by nature are sexist and cause a fair amount of problems on campus. I almost never feel safe at a frat house and stay away from Greek life apart from service fraternities and sororities as well as academic based Greek life. Sororities can be a negative influence on self-esteems of their members and other women; however, this is not exclusive to my University at all.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life to be honest divides the campus. Sober folk are left on the sidelines.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't in greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is definitely growing which is both a good and a bad thing. More fraternities and sororities on campus means more social events and activities to attend, however, it also can create a weird dynamic among students. Many of the Greek students treat Non-Greek students like they are lesser or less cool, which is very unfair, especially in college. Nevertheless, the Greek chapters on campus are very active around the community and provide a vast amount of opportunities for networking and growth for those that join them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a fan of Greek life but it is a big part of the party scene at JMU

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Unlike many schools, James Madison's Greek system does not dominate the social life on campus. Yes, fraternity parties are popular among the occasional freshman crowd, but apartment parties are just as popular. However, JMU takes pride in their fraternities and sororities, even concluding each academic year with Greek Sing, an event that allows members of each organization to express themselves in both a singing and dancing format. With the Greek community including more than 1,000 students, sorority and fraternity members come for the true spirit of song and dance.

The aggressive frat boy and the stereotypical "biddie" do exist, but not in large quantities. The letters are present but not necessarily in your face. Rather, if a student chooses to be involved with Greek life or acquaint themselves with it, it’s a piece of cake. Many fraternities and sororities are partly community service organizations with their support of the Harrisonburg community. The Greek system carries integrity and honesty, and it programs many JMU activities around campus by advertising in the Commons. Co-ed fraternities, in particular, make it their mission to combat the issues of hazing that plague Greek life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (IGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (IGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA (Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol)
  • Greek InterVarsity
  • Independent Greek Council (IGC)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • On-campus sorority and fraternity houses have a living capacity of 28 people.
  • A total of 280 Greek men and women live in on-campus houses.

Student Polls

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

  • 31% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 62% 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.
  • 5% 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 132 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 131 responses

  • 37% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 15% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% No special housing is available.
  • 40% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 131 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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