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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I absolutely love that we have no Greek life at Macalester; I feel like it eliminates the potential for a form of exclusivity that the student body doesn't want or need. There's still a big social scene without it and everyone's on the "same level."

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: And I give it an A+ because I consider that a good thing.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love that Macalester does not have Greek life. Academics are brought more into focus as a result of this, I would say.


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Going to Macalester does not offer students the luxury, pain, or humiliation of Greek life. Macalester is the perfect place for anyone who doesn’t have sorority or fraternity bids in their collegiate stars. These students don’t need—and more importantly, don’t want—the exclusive social hierarchy of Greek life. Macalester students are an elite-yet-inviting group of individuals more than willing to accept people from all walks of life into their social circles.

However, the absence of Greek life from Macalester's campus isn’t to say that students can’t find that same sense of camaraderie and fun. Anyone who wants to have the quintessential “Animal House” party experience during their first few years of parental liberation can find groups of people more than willing to replicate those iconic movie scenes. Students at Macalester realize that being social doesn’t need to revolve around a configuration of Greek letters and exclusive rites of passage.

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Student Polls

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

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 100% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 47% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 0% Somewhat easy.
  • 5% Somewhat difficult.
  • 79% Very difficult.
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