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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life and it doesn't really affect me one way or another. Campus is so large that it is not a big deal like it would be in a small school.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think frats and sororities are a way to meet people and enjoy school but tend to get in the way of studying and education sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally have never been interested in Greek life. There are a lot of Greek organizations on campus. Most of them seem to only party and do socials. Still, there are a few houses dedicated to professionalism and volunteerism.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are wary about joining Greek Life, take great consideration before joining. Personally, I accepted a bid to a sorority and ended up leaving before I got initiated because I did not do enough research. It is greatly important that you also really like the people in your chosen Greek Life chapter. Do not do it if you feel you have to. Many people are indifferent if you are in Greek Life or not.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life has a very large impact on the social atmosphere of campus. Many people join fraternities or sororities but there are also many people who don't. I think that Greek and non-Greek students get along perfectly fine with each other and that there is not really any issues between them. For fraternities they have both on campus houses as well as of campus houses available however they are not required to live within their fraternity house. For sororities they only offer on campus dorms but are also not required to live within their sorority designated dorm.

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Although Penn State has a huge number of fraternities associated with the University, only about 25 percent of students are involved in Greek life. The sororities do not have much social influence because they do not have their own houses, and thus have far fewer public functions. Frat houses are packed on the weekends, but there is always more going on downtown. If you join a fraternity or sorority, Greek life will obviously dominate your social scene, otherwise it has no great hold over the campus, and there’s certainly no pressure to join. For those who choose to participate, the Greeks can offer many opportunities for fun and service. If Greek life isn’t your forte, you certainly don’t have to worry about feeling left out at Penn State.

Greek life at Penn State is generally positive, and fraternities and sororities offer a lot to the campus in the way of community service work. THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the country is organized by the Greek community. THON is a 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center and requires participation from thousands of students. In the past, THON raised more than $7 million for pediatric cancer at one dance marathon.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
13%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
11%
Number of Fraternities
54
Number of Sororities
32
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Delta
  • Alpha Rho Chi
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Alpha Zeta
  • Beta Sigma Beta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Iota
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Mu Delta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Tau Phi Delta
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Nu Omega
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Phi Alpha
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 458 responses

  • 50% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 37% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 6% 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.
  • 5% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 457 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 36% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 32% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 457 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 43% Somewhat easy.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 7% Very difficult.

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