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Greek Life


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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: To an outsider or non-Greek person, fraternities and sororities are just kind of there, they throw parties, some philanthropy events, and occasionally do stupid things. What's not easily seen is how much infighting there is in every fraternity. Pointless conflicts and cliques arise, and it definitely gets exhausting to put up with all the drama of being part of Greek life.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: People like the Greek life here, it's pretty chill and no one judges you if you are or aren't part of it yourself.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: This is a tolerant community so Greek or non-Greek doesn't matter.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at MIT gives you amazing opportunity to grow, learn, and have fun. It's pretty much a perfect balance of helping the community and the occasional scandal.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not into Greek life, because the fees are so big

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As with everything else at MIT, the personalities of the fraternities and sororities vary. Everyone who wants to join can usually find some place where they feel comfortable. Many of the fraternities and sororities have gorgeous houses for great prices in the heart of Boston. If you’re concerned about the distance, some even have houses on dorm row. One unique thing about MIT’s Greek life is the existence of another set of houses called the Independent Living Groups. Although they’re not Greek, they still provide places to live, and they have historically been grouped with the fraternities and sororities. However, the ILGs are actually very distinct entities, and they are very vehement about being different from the Greeks.

With a variety of fraternities and sororities, MIT has an incredibly vibrant Greek system. Fraternities usually have between 25–50 brothers, and most sororities have about 100 sisters. The percentage of guys who join fraternities is higher than the percentage of women who join sororities. Hpwever, this isn’t Greek life like you see on TV—Greek life at MIT revolves more around academics and building friendships than pure social activities. Many community service events are sponsored or attended by Greek houses, and Greeks also hold many leadership positions. The Greek system at MIT is unlike what most people would expect at other schools, which is why many students who go Greek at MIT are people who never would have considered it at any other school.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Psi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Nu Delta
  • Phi Beta Epsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Other Greek Organizations
  • Order of Omega
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 59 responses

  • 41% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 57 responses

  • 19% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 72% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 57 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 7% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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