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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not super fratty, but it's a lot of fun. Being in Boston is great and my fraternity mixes with sororities in schools all over Boston. Even many of the people not technically in Greek life end up in dorms or dorms floors that are ultimately very similar to joining a fraternity.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I never meant to join greek life, but have found it refreshing after growing up in the south. It's very widely varied and provides great support networks for a lot of undergraduates.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is surprisingly big on MIT campus for the guys. The frats really put in a lot of time for their brothers and people they know, helping with homework and providing study breaks for fun. Sorority life, on the other hand, seems pretty big due to the amount of girls in the sororities, but they do not play as much of a big impact as the fraternities. There is not a big difference in Greeks and non-Greeks.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love the greek life. Almost all of the parties at MIT are held by the fraternities in their houses. Students from other schools also enjoy attending them. Sororities also host a lot of fun fundraisers and charity events attended by students as well. There isn't a divide between Greeks and non-Greeks, they coexist very peacefully. All of the Greek organizations have houses, many of which are off campus in Boston.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you want Greek life, it's there. If you don't, it's not a big deal. About 1/2 of guys on campus are in fraternities and 1/3 of girls.

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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 51 responses

  • 43% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 49% 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.
  • 4% 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 49 responses

  • 18% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 71% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% 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 49 responses

  • 29% Very easy.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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