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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am part of a sorority and I love it. In such a big school it's great to have a tight knit community that's extremely diverse and represents all aspects of the McGill student body. Most people are indifferent about the Greek life on campus, and some people don't even really know about it if they run in different circles. Still, the connections on campus are pretty great as a lot of Greeks hold leadership and administration positions around campus. Ultimately it's a lot of fun if it's your thing, and greek life itself is almost doubling in size each year.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is almost non-existent at McGill. It's there if you look for it, but most people just go out to bars or clubs instead.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is very little greek life at McGill. There are many party activities without them, so they have no become a dominant influence on campus. There are some you can join for parties or community work, but it's not huge at McGill.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Joining a fraternity is usually associated with not having lived in residence where most most social relationships are cultivated.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's not really existent, although Greek life is trying to become part of the main scene at McGill.

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It's not that McGill doesn't have a Greek life, it's that McGill has no incentive for a Greek life. On many campuses, frats and sororities are a way for students to move out of cramped dorms. At McGill, students move out of those after the first year, regardless. On smaller campuses, frats can be central to social life, as they have the means and the space to throw huge parties. At McGill, the city provides the social life. Some students do join frats, and those who do definitely love it; it's just that they're not a big part of the social scene. Why pay three dollars to wait in line for cheap beer when you can go out to a great bar and get good drinks? Frats do throw parties, but the people who usually go are those in another frat or sorority, or are friends with people who are.

What Greek life does provide for McGill students is a way to escape the anonymity of a big campus. People who choose to pledge tend to do so because they want to live with a tight group of people or enjoy being part of an organization. These are really good reasons, especially considering how impersonal McGill can be. If that sounds appealing, and you think Greek life will give you that, then you'll probably be happy. Just don't expect it to be the center of everyone else's social life.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
1%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
1%
Undergrad Students in Greek Life
2%
Number of Fraternities
7
Number of Sororities
4
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Mu Omicron Zeta
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Did You Know?
The Inter-Greek Letter Council is a unifying committee on McGill's campus for the fraternities and sororities. Its mission is to provide a positive example to the community through service, leadership, friendship, and scholarship.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 22% 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.
  • 72% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 88% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 9% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 0% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 32 responses

  • 19% Very easy.
  • 66% Somewhat easy.
  • 16% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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