Students agree that Greek life plays a role in campus life, but it does not dominate the social scene. There are several reasons for this. Freshmen cannot pledge their first semester, so they are forced to make friends outside of a fraternity or sorority. Even sophomore year, very few people live in Greek-sponsored housing. Most fraternities provide the opportunity to live in a frat house, but sororities do not. For those not in the Greek system, frat parties play a large role in freshman social life, but not so much thereafter. There is a lot of interaction between people who are part of the Greek system and those who are not. Students who become friends with fraternity guys often rave about the frat parties, but the entire student body does not express this opinion.
Approximately one-fifth of the student population is a member of a fraternity or sorority. Those within the Greek system claim to be satisfied with the level of involvement expected, but the requirements are less intense than other schools. Academics coexist with Greek life. For students who want a school with a strong Greek system, they might be less happy with Hopkins’ Greek system. People who don’t want to be a part of Greek life can find many other opportunities for social interaction, but for those who want the friendship and support of Greek life, Hopkins offers many different fraternities and sororities.