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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Join or don't. No difference.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life specifically doesn't seem a necessity to a non-Greek like me, however, there are certain groups classifed as Greek that do help community other than parties.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm very biased to this question because I myself am in a Greek organization. I think the Greek life is great honestly. It's not as huge and all-encompassing as it is in other schools and that's why I love it. You get what you put into it. You don't have to go to every single event and if you don't, no one will judge you for it. Greek life here is an amazing platform for you to make amazing connections with like-minded people. Some of my best friends are in my sorority and you know what, some of my best friends are non-Greeks. It's not a huge deal. We don't haze, you can live with other sisters if you want to, and events are there for you to enjoy. NYU is such a huge school so a lot of the time, you might not know most of the people in your immediate surroundings. Since joining Greek life, there's at least always one person or even one sister that I can sit down next to and who can introduce me to other people. My sorority pushes me to get better grades by having a (high) minimum GPA and by bi-weekly reserving a study room in the library for you to study at. I have friends at other schools where being a part of a Greek organization is practically mandatory if you want to have an inkling of a social life. At NYU it's completely up to you.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not personally a part of Greek life, but I have a number of friends who are. They seem to enjoy to it! It's not a huge presence on campus but it is definitely there.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Don't choose this school based on it's Greek life.


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Greek life at NYU has a very weak presence, but it still exists. Going along with the no-campus and almost-no-sports vibe at NYU, Greek life doesn’t play a major role in most students’ NYU experience, either. However, students involved in fraternities and sororities are quite active in terms of planning Greek events. Several fraternities and sororities are housed at the Lafayette dorm, and others have off-campus apartments where members live. If you find it appealing, you can enter the Greek circle and make that the focus of your time at NYU, as you stand the chance of finding friends, great experiences, and beneficial job opportunities through the connections you make in certain fraternities and sororities. On the other hand, stereotypical fraternity and sorority parties are a rarity. 

NYU fraternities and sororities are definitely not stereotypical, with some being academic based, like certain business fraternities, while others focus more on community service, group activities, and events in the city. Most people participate in Greek life in order to find a close circle of friends, as doing so outside of such groups may be difficult. Overall, these groups are not necessarily exclusive, and they interact freely with the rest of the student body.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Delta
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Phi
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Zeta
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Theta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Inter-Greek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 330 responses

  • 5% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 28% 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.
  • 63% 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 327 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 328 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.


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