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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Rush process is terrible, as it is everywhere. It can be judgy and you might not end up in a sorority you like. Different for frats-- there is more time and choice. A lot of people are greek, and a lot aren't. You won't be judged for it either way.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty much the only way to go if you want to have a fun social life. It is a great way to find friends and make close bonds while also making the most of college with fun experiences. If you're not in greek life however you are definitely an outsider so it kind of sucks that it plays that big of a role

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Most of the philanthropy is done by Greek organizations.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Very cliquey, but can be fun and is a great part of the college experience.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's nice to create a smaller community within a larger campus, but it is kind of overwhelming how many people participate in it here


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While Greek life at NU is tame compared to its state school counterparts, students are likely to gain a fair grasp of the Greek alphabet during their time at Northwestern. Greek life is a pretty big deal at Northwestern, with 30 percent of men joining fraternities and upwards of 40 percent of women joining sororities. Because of Northwestern’s delayed rush process (rush happens the first week of January, rather than in the fall), many students, who were originally opposed to the idea, pledge. Some houses center themselves around drinking and partying, but others pride themselves in their friendships and philanthropies. Bottom line: If you want to join a fraternity or sorority, there will be one to suit your needs. But at the end of the day, the choice is up to you. Either way, you are going to have friends who rush and those who don’t. And although many students do choose to rush, you can have a social life regardless.

One important aspect to keep in mind is that formal recruitment for guys and girls happens in the winter. This is good because it gives students a chance to make friends and grow accustomed to college life before deciding if Greek life is something they want to be a part of. For guys, the rush process is very informal; the fraternities offer Sunday night dinners during the fall, which give guys a chance to test out different houses to see what they like before accepting formal bids in the winter. For girls, the process is much more structured. Sororities and prospective new members (PNMs) go through a period of visiting specific houses. Through mutual selection, every PNM will be matched with a house. Northwestern does not allow hazing, so the rushing and pledging process should be fun and easy for anyone interested.

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 Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Evans Scholars
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association
  • Rho Lambda

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 56 responses

  • 45% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 46% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 56 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 55 responses

  • 75% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 5% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 18% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 55 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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