Some may find it shocking that less than 10 percent of NIU students belong to a fraternity or sorority, but you have to realize that NIU has more than 200 student organizations competing for the attention of the student body. Those interested in joining do have plenty of options, as there are more than 30 Greek organizations on campus, many of which focus on more than keggers and pledging. There are social, academic, and cultural fraternities and sororities, all of which do community service projects as part of their programming.
Those who join typically feel a real sense of camaraderie with their brothers or sisters and make several lifelong friends. Obviously, Greek organizations throw some of the best parties on campus, but Greek life is not all good. It can be an expensive and time-consuming proposition depending on how active you are, and living arrangements at some houses are very cramped. There is a feeling inside the community that administration officials are very tough on the Greeks and are always looking to make an example of them. They also don't have a positive image among students who aren't part of their culture. They are the victims of constant unfair stereotyping from people who are all too happy to come by and drink their beer only to rip on them behind their backs because it is fun and easy. Greek life might not be for you, but it's worth a look.