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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life at our school. We interact with schools that do have Greek Life and have no problems with them academically or socially.

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3 College Student

Greek Life: I don't know enough about it. I think Mount Holyoke really offer a great sense of community.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I don't think we have greek life- its an all girls school

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek life.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's like a giant sorority!


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There is no Greek life on campus, and for a good reason, it seems. That kind of lifestyle just wouldn’t work here. Many, many students have said that the entire campus feels like one big sorority, and that’s very true. One of the reasons cited in other places for the importance of Greek life is that it helps to create close bonds between people who might otherwise not have those bonds. At a large, coed school, this may be so (although there are, of course, other ways of bonding with one’s peers that do not specifically require anything Greek), but at Mount Holyoke, it seems that those types of bonds occur naturally, in living, working, and playing with your fellow students. Everyone wathces out for another and all share pride in the school and its long tradition of educating women. Perhaps because there's already a sort of enclave, there isn't a need to create any separate enclaves within the larger one.

While it’s true that there are many student organizations on campus that are almost like separate enclaves, in the sense that they are smaller communities within the larger community, they don’t carry the automatic aura of exclusivity that Greek life does. There have been students who have felt disaffected by this and who have tried to bring Greek life to campus. Ultimately it was decided that the majority of students are very happy with the absence of sororities. So, for the time being, those looking for the benefits of Greek life will have to look elsewhere.

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Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 40 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.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 95% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 67% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 21% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?     Based on 40 responses

  • 18% Very easy.
  • 5% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Somewhat difficult.
  • 65% Very difficult.
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