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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They should do more community work. I have a lot of Greek friends but they think that they are entitled to more things just because they are a part of a group.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek person, but I heard it's pretty average. Not great but not bad either.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge! Honestly you won't find much to do on or off campus without joining Greek life, the boredom will get the best of you. They say it's "paying for friends" but honestly it's just a side activity to keep you busy in your down time. It is by no means a social necessity.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Frats are too obnoxious. They only want dingle females at their parties, and they hang out like cliques.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greeks here always just bash each other and talk about how much they hate each other. They are the biggest, and possibly only source of drama on campus. They also are the leading suppliers of drugs on campus.

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Approximately a quarter of Mercer’s student body is Greek, but that percentage is an extremely visible group on campus. Greeks are highly involved, and many members take leadership roles in other student organizations. There is an abundance of activities that Greeks participate in every year—fundraisers, community service events, group outings, and socials always seem to be occurring on campus. Opportunity for involvement is not limited to the Greek community, but it is more convenient for fraternity and sorority members simply because they are already a part of a social and community-oriented environment.

Greeks and non-Greeks get along without many qualms, but there is a distinct divide between the two communities on campus. Greeks are proud to be Greek, sometimes giving the impression of arrogance. At times, non-Greeks resent the Greeks for a variety of reasons, usually citing the noise they make while being obviously intoxicated on campus despite Mercer’s dry-campus policy. For the most part, though, there is little enmity between the two groups. Greeks can live in any of the residence halls on campus, but they also have the option of living in the more comfortable houses on “Greek Row,” with priority granted to members who hold officer positions.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
19%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
20%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
25%
Freshman Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
10
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Phi Mu
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 54 responses

  • 31% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 7% 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 54 responses

  • 20% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 48% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 54 responses

  • 65% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 20% No special housing is available.
  • 11% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 55 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 31% Somewhat difficult.
  • 7% Very difficult.

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