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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about greek life. There is no greek housing. There are business fraternities that are popular and generally people have a good perception of those in business fraternities. The greek life is a little segregated with mostly Caucasians in the fraternities and sororities and Asians in the business fraternities. The rushing process is long and can be stressful, but there is no hazing allowed.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: no housing, very cliquey and exclusive, and just plain thinking that they are better than everyone else.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life housing. I have found that with Greek life comes a certain social hierarchy that comes especially with such a small campus. However, that being said I am not in a sorority but I am dating a guy a fraternity and that's very norma. Greek life does create a different scene, but it isn't damaging.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not really know much about the Greek life except that most students do not really care for them.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life and have little experience with it. As the result, I do not have much to say.

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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
18%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
33%
Number of Fraternities
4
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • 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 46 responses

  • 43% 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.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 4% 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 46 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 4% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 98% No special housing is available.
  • 2% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 45 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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