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Greek Life

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It is the main source of social life on campus. They throw all the parties.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does not take over the social scene at Lafayette. The Greek life hosts a lot of charity and inclusive events.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The frats have incredible housing opportunities

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not very interested in Greek life but it doesn't seem to matter much.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities feel like they don't even exist on campus because their social presence is so small. They contribute a lot to philanthropy, but aren't legally allowed to throw parties because it's a "brothel" in Pennsylvania. Frats are a little more prevalent. They mostly throw dances that are dry and you pay to get into them for charity. Those can be really fun.

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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 44 responses

  • 43% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 36% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 18% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 43 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 21% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 43 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

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