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Greek Life: I don't know anything about Greek life at the school.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know much about the Greek life down here at Ohio State as for I am not apart of a fraternity.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: They do wonderful things for the community that we live in as well as for the school.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: As a brother of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, it has made my Ohio State student experience even better. Our fraternity and others are always participating on campus with taking jobs, getting involved with philanthropy, and bring academic success to the university. Non-Greek students don't seem to mind Greeks or feel any obligation to join a fraternity or sorority if they do not feel an interest in Greek life. Greek housing is available to anyone involved in the specific fraternity or sorority, and have top of the line housing.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I really don't have any experience with Greek Life yet. I know that there are a ton of students involved but since rush was just completed, I have no idea how my friends who joined will rate it. I am not able to participate in Greek life due to my practice schedule as an student athlete and all of the required meetings and activities of being Greek.


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An overwhelming majority of students agree that being part of a fraternity or sorority isn't a necessary part of your experience at OSU. In fact, many students look down on Greek organizations, and sometimes on those who join them. One of the biggest problems with OSU's Greek life is its lack of real contribution to the city. That, along with many violations and infractions (that can put a Greek house in probationary status), doesn't bode well for their image. The houses may look magnificent along the streets off campus, but for many, their appeal stops at the door.

There's a lot of temptation to join a fraternity or sorority when you first get to school, and many of the Greek organizations will actively try to recruit from the incoming class. Remember that Greek status isn't necessary to have an active social life at OSU, however. Many choose to join for the parties alone, though you don't necessarily have to be in a fraternity or sorority to party with them. If you're looking for service activities, however, there are some organizations that do this well. Tau Beta Pi, for instance, puts on the annual "Beat Michigan 5K" ( race to raise funds for a local food pantry. Overall, however, Greek Life occupies a very specific niche at OSU; if you're not sure whether or not it's for you, it's wise to check out what the Greeks have to say, and talk to other students about the image and opportunities that come along with a fraternity or sorority. If nothing else, there's probably a free T-shirt in it for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (coed)
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta ChiĀ 
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Evans Scholars
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Epsilon Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Tau
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Omega Tau Zeta
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (MCGC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Delta Xi Phi (MCGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (MCGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Omega Tau Zeta (MCGC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Pi Delta Psi (MCGC)
  • Sigma Epsilon Phi (MCGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MCGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MCGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Association

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 192 responses

  • 26% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 59% 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.
  • 10% 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 192 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 55% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 193 responses

  • 82% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% No special housing is available.
  • 9% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 192 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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