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Greek Life

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Everyone treats everyone the same

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a new student and know very little about it.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't have a huge impact on campus. They do some volunteer work in the communities and throw a few parties but that's about it. The people who are part of the Greek system seem like decent people (not arrogant, not huge partyers, etc). It seems to be a good and easy way to make friends quickly while still having a positive impact in the community. If, however, you don't go Greek, it's not a big deal. No one would care. They don't have special housing arrangements, but they tend to try to get dorms close together.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Nothing special. There's a few Soroities and Fraternaties on campus, but neither are that big. Only one is nationally recongnized.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is available on campus but there are very few college affiliated groups.

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Greek life is hit-and-miss at Luther. Although not actually supported by the College, some sororities and fraternities have a long tradition of existence at Luther. The most popular male fraternities are Sigma Chi Theta, which is traditionally athletes; the Tri-Omegas, traditionally drinkers; and the Tri-Lambdas, traditionally musical and academics. The female sororities are dominated by the Tau Delta Gammas, for girls who want the traditional sorority experience, and the Alpha Beta Psis, for those who just want a group of girls to drink with. There are also underground fraternities, which is redundant at Luther, since no Greek organization is school supported.

Other than a few annual parties, Greek life is mostly dominated by meetings and officer elections. Pledging only lasts for a week, and there are few mentions of them in campus events, other than the service fraternity APO, which attempts to do charity work and fundraisers. The “life” they lead is not all that different from the normal student life due to the lack of Greek housing and exclusivity. In this way, Greek life is accessible to anyone who wants a taste, but it is not an essential part of the Luther experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
3%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
4%
Number of Fraternities
2
Number of Sororities
3
Fraternities
  • Sigma Chi Theta
  • Zeta Tau Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Beta Psi
  • Chi Theta Rho
  • Tau Delta Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Omega Omega Omega
  • Inter-Greek Council (IGC)
Did You Know?
All fraternities and sororities exist without having any actual houses or national charters. Because Luther doesn't support a fraternity system or allow first-years, sophomores, and juniors to live off campus, it would be impossible for people to pledge and then move into a house. As a result, many of the houses that are used for Greek activities are passed down from year to year from seniors to other juniors to ensure that each organization will have a house to call their own.

Student Polls

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

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 39% 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.
  • 57% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% 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.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 7% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 89% No special housing is available.
  • 4% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 27 responses

  • 44% Very easy.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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