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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have several friends who are in sororities and fraternities. They hold events in the community and on campus. They are recognized by other students on campus and other organizations. Each fraternity and sorority has a house where eight to ten students can live, but they also have a common area in the house for parties and hangout events.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I see a lot of good things that Greek Life does, but it is known for the party scene on campus. A lot of fraternities and sororities boast about being the involved in the community and unfortunately they are not as involved in serving the community as they are throwing parties.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Everyone is friendly regardless of Greek involvement

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: its no biggie if font join

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am a Greek student and I believe it was the best decision I made in college. Its not all about being invited to parties, because even the Non-Greeks are more than welcome to come to most events. I don't think the attitude towards Greeks by Non-Greeks is bad and vice versa. Each chapter has a house that holds around 10 people.

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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 104 responses

  • 32% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 53% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 5% 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.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 104 responses

  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 55% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 104 responses

  • 14% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.

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