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5 College Senior

Greek Life: This campus would not run without Greeks. Besides providing parties that are open to anyone--and free--they do a lot for the campus. Kenyon Greek Life is different, and the groups are friendly and welcoming, even if you make it clear that you have no intentions of rushing/pledging. Each group has a different personality and presence on campus, but I think that most people appreciate the more visible groups for what they do.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The fraternities and sororities here make a big deal out of secrecy when they've got newbies pledging. They'll have you do all kinds of irrelevant tasks (my one friend had to go collect a rock and bring it somewhere by midnight...?) but there's no real hazing. They are somewhat cliquey and eat together a lot of the time, but I'd say each individual is still a nice person. There's no exclusive feelings around any frats or sororities here.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks tend throw the all-campus parties, but there is no pressure to go greek, nor any stigma attached to it.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks will host parties but they are open to everyone. Greek life is neither frowned upon nor is it commended.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Waste of time and money. Alcohol/Drugs are priority #1. Only stick to themselves. Resent the rest of the student population, many of whom are just trying to mind their own business. Sure they throw sweaty parties that blast terrible music, but what's so great about that.

Yeah this is an over-generalization and there are many genuinely good people in the greek system but I think greek life in general is self-indulgent. This school costs 50 grand a year and most of these kids spend their time getting wasted and talking about hot chicks.

Only in America

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Admissions might hate to admit it, but Kenyon's social life is still largely dominated by the Greek system. Greeks have the most money and biggest lounges and lodges, and as a result, they are able to throw the biggest parties attracting the largest numbers of people. In many other ways, the Kenyon Greek scene is anything but typical. Unlike bigger universities, the Greek life is concentrated on campus. There isn't an abundance of off-campus locations for parties, making them more accessible to non-Greek students. Since it makes no sense confining parties just to members, most Greek bashes are open to anyone who would like to come. Invitations are put in people’s rooms, but that's more to promote the event than to ensure exclusivity.

The rush system also works in a very unique way. First semester, fraternities do not throw any rush events. During this time, frats do everything they can do to get unofficially noticed. There are many parties aimed at freshmen, and individual members also scout prospective pledges. By the time January rolls around, most fraternities have a good idea of who will at least be rushing, but there are always some surprises when it comes time to pledge. The advantage of having a Greek-free first semester is that students build their own friends without the crutch of fraternities or sororities. This way, they always remain connected to the larger college community.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
23%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
18%
Number of Fraternities
6
Number of Sororities
3
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
Sororities
  • Epsilon Delta Mu
  • Theta Delta Phi
  • Zeta Alpha Pi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Archon Society
  • Greek Council
  • Peeps O'Kenyon

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 76% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 14% 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 21 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 62% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 33% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 95% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% Very easy.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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