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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have 8 sororities but only 2 fraternities. They do volunteer a lot though and rush was fun!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek housing as far as I know and only about 20% of students at Pepperdine participate in Greek life. With that said, I've heard that the sororities and fraternities are well put together and focused on community service.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life has never been very attractive or appealing to me. I feel this school has so much to offer, and activities to outside of greek life, that I have never really been motivated to join a fraternity.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: To my surprise, the Greek life on campus is not as reputable as other Universities. There are no Greek houses or parties due to the staff's concern that the parties may hurt Pepperdine's reputation. However, non-students do not view Greek students any differently.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is very inclusive in all their events that are often open to the rest of the student body.


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Some college kids join fraternities or sororities and forge lifelong friendships. Others condemn Greek life with notable fervor. Still others remain out of the fray, altogether disinterested. Such is the case with just about any university, but at Pepperdine, the Greek debate seems exaggerated. When many Pepperdine kids already characterize the student body, in general, as arrogant and snobbish, you can just guess how they feel about the fraternity and sorority members on campus. Also, when those same students complain that Pepperdine is too small and too like a country club, it makes one wonder: what’s the point of joining a Greek group? Wouldn’t it be something like joining a fraternity within a fraternity?

One answer to that question is that, yes, many students do want to belong to an exclusive group that distinguishes itself among an already exclusive student body. Cynics are wont to define this behavior as “buying friends.” But the other thing to remember is that Pepperdine’s Greek system is a lot different than other schools’ systems. Several of the frats and sororities place a far greater emphasis on such unglamorous aims as school spirit, community service, and Christian worship than they do on social mixers, beer bongs, and formals. Inter-sorority tensions, which run notoriously high at big southern universities, are practically nonexistent here. Most of Pepperdine’s Greek organizations intermingle and support each others’ philanthropic events. Also, many would say that Pepperdine’s Greek system is practically the only way to remain plugged into campus life for full four years—especially if you move off campus at some point, as most students do.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
It has become a tradition at Pepperdine for the various Greek chapters to decorate a big rock placed rather incongruously in the middle of campus, usually to promote their rush events. Each chapter takes turns adopting the rock for 24 hours. During the night, they decorate the rock in ways that grow increasingly elaborate with each passing year, and members of the chapter take shifts "guarding" it over the course of the following day. Recent designs have incorporated Astro turf, mirrors, and even a seesaw.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 82 responses

  • 38% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 35% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 11% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 9% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 81 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 26% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 80 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 36% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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