Greek life at Kent State is not overbearing as it is at some universities, and most students will reassure you that "going Greek" is not a necessary or integral part of your undergraduate career. That being said, it is certainly an available and well-pursued option for those interested. Some Greeks use the experience to enhance or augment their four years with service and philanthropy, while others are clearly involved for the parties. Those involved in social fraternities or sororities make up a relatively small percent of the undergraduate population, but that number can seem higher due to their prolific involvement around campus.
Generally speaking, Greeks and non-Greeks coexist very amicably. In certain circles, a predominantly negative perception of Greek life exists, but it's best to judge Greeks individually and not collectively. As far as the many stereotypes surrounding Greek life, some hold true and some don't, but they should not be a deterrent to those who might be interested. No fraternity or sorority is perfect, and students should take time to carefully consider their options to find the best fit.