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.