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4 College Senior

Greek Life: To go out a decent amount you have to be involved in greek life or sports.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally, I plan to join greek life next year; however, I do know many people think it's overly cliquey and the administration is trying to tear it down.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty prevalent at Laf, essentially if you're not greek and you're not on a team you won't really go to parties

5 College Junior

Greek Life: The lafayette social scene is 85% greek with the other 15% being some club teams or less mainstream/non affiliated varsity teams. With Zete kicked off and KDR kicked off a few years ago the all around social scene at Lafayette has been on the decline. The college has been cracking down on all fun but the place to be on the weekends is at Campus Pizza and Zete open parties. They allow everyone to enter for the most part regardless of the gender/class year/etc and it is the only place to party that isn't closed to some people.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw good parties but their impact on campus is dwindling. There are only 3 frats and 6 sororities recognized by the college because of some problematic behavior over the last few years and the alcohol policy especially for underage and athletes is very strict. The housing for most is not optimal with only a few nice houses on campus but the people are mostly nice and allow non-Greeks into their friend circle and parties as well. Also freshman girls can get into any party but guys may have some difficulty getting their feet wet with the night life in their first year.

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Lafayette has six sororities and four fraternities on campus. Starting fall semester of sophomore year, many students become part of Greek life’s “rush” process—typically a week-long affair where Greek-life hopefuls mingle with the sororities and fraternities on campus, getting to know the different houses before deciding whether they want to be a part of Greek life. Most members of Greek life will say that being a part of a sorority or a fraternity allows them to foster stronger relationships, build up a network, and develop connections with alumni that can help them in the long run. About 30 percent of the campus is part of Greek life. College policy does not allow freshmen to be a part of the recruiting process, the logic being that first-year students need to acclimate with the campus environment before deciding to commit to Greek life.

Depending on the length of the membership and the extent of each member’s involvement, students in Greek life can move into Greek housing as early as sophomore year. Members must live in their sororities/fraternities for at least one semester. Houses are generally well-maintained, spacious, and homey—and when the weekend rolls around, a hub for on-campus parties. Greek life is not disregarded by the rest of campus. While some may claim that fraternities and sororities are very exclusive and somewhat self-absorbed, most non-Greek students get along with sorority sisters and frat brothers. Most members would say that Greek life does not come at the expense of academics and other extracurricular activities, even if involvement can get demanding at times.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
21%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
40%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
4
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Once a year, all fraternities and sororities participate in "Greek Olympics." Events like the tug-of-war and mattress races are popular.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 28 responses

  • 46% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 29% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 25% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 28 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 25% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 28 responses

  • 75% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 18% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 64% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.

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