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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Administration has looked into getting rid of the greek life.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is very involved in organizations and events around campus. They are friendly and they are a family whenever you see them around

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends on whether or not you like Greek life. If you're like me and you don't mind it, then it's actually pretty nice.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some Greek organizations are more involved on the campus than others. I like to see Greeks helping out the community and the school. This is important to me. Most non-Greeks are nonchalant about Greeks in my opinion but others really worry about what the Greeks are doing and not doing.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Its great and a big deal but i'm not interested.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Omega Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Sigma
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Alpha Psi Lambda
  • Alpha Sigma Omega
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • College Panhellenic Council
  • Cultural Colonies:
  • Gamma Phi Omega
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Kappa Pi Beta
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Tau Phi Sigma
Did You Know?
  • Since 1967, the Greek system has been obsessed with tug of war. The annual "Tugs" competition features two teams of 11 people from a fraternity or sorority pulling on a thick rope, attempting to pull the opposing side across a line. Two week-long tournaments raise thousands of dollars for charity each year, and teams take the process very seriously, often starting practices months in advance. Do not ever make fun of Tugs to a member of a Greek organization.
  • According to the University Programming and Activities Office, Greeks receive 50 percent of annual awards for campus leadership.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 108 responses

  • 37% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% 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.
  • 4% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 108 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 43% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 108 responses

  • 56% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 6% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 11% No special housing is available.
  • 27% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 107 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.


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