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Greek Life

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have social houses, not fraternities and sororities.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life isn't really serious on campus.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: 1 coed frat. Some fun thursdays, not much else

1 College Senior

Greek Life: We Don't Have One. We have co-ed social houses in place of frats and sororities.

Some throw decent parties, but they are nothing special. Each house has a "type" although almost anyone can pledge. KDR for example is filled with urban-oriented kids while "the Mill" is for hipsters and ADP is filled with football players and their girlfriends.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have a greek life at Middlebury. There are "social houses", which is basically our greek life, only its co-ed. To me, not having Greek life is one of the best things about Midd. There are still greek-like parties, and even a period where people "rush" to get into the houses, but the dynamic is different and less exclusive than I would imagine a normal greek system to be. If you're looking for thousands of new people at every party, tons of social events, and exclusiveness, then Middlebury probably isn't your scene. There are still tons of parties to go to and lots of things to do, just not with the same dynamic.

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Fraternities and sororities were “outlawed” more than 10 years ago at Middlebury—that is, until they were reborn under the name “social houses,” a much more innocuous-sounding title. Rushing is not nearly as life threatening as it used to be, and any daunting initiation stunts are overshadowed by sugarcoated photos in the student newspaper of rushers sharing spaghetti dinners with older members. The large majority of students do not join social houses, but no student has ever been turned away from a party, regardless of age. You will be stamped with a smiley face at the door if you’re 21-and-up and with an “X” if you’re underage.

If your first criterion in searching for a college is a rampant, old-fashioned Greek scene, Middlebury will not be the school for you. Here, all images of boisterous toga parties and death-defying initiation stunts are put to rest for the sake of a safer—yet no less inebriated—student body. Most students find this lack of Greek presence refreshing. Furthermore, social house life is geographically removed from the College—all houses are located on the outskirts of campus. The choice is yours: join a social house without risking your neck, attend the occasional social house party, and bid your morality farewell for the night, or skip the unhinged carnality and cheap beer altogether.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
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Number of Sororities
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Did You Know?
Rumor has it that there are several underground fraternities and sororities on campus, some of which are associated with certain sports teams. However, they are so hush-hush that no one can confirm their existence-either that, or they are sworn to secrecy.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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.
  • 17% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 83% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 77% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 48% No special housing is available.
  • 33% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 22 responses

  • 50% Very easy.
  • 18% Somewhat easy.
  • 14% Somewhat difficult.
  • 18% Very difficult.
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