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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Princeton doesn't really have Greek Life in the traditional sense. It's quite low-key and the Eating Clubs replace it in many ways- the parties occur in the Eating Clubs and they carry the same sense of exclusivity that Greek Life would. There are traces of Greek Life but as an underclassman I almost have no experience with it. Definitely not a big thing on the Princeton campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although Greek life does not exist, eating clubs do not make you look for more.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Social life revolves around the eating clubs at Princeton. Greek life has little to no effect.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is practically non existent at Princeton.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Our greek life is pretty insignificant.

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Princeton University does not officially recognize the fraternities and sororities that exist on campus. Unofficially, the University has been trying for years to figure out whether to incorporate the existing Greek system into campus life or how to rid the campus of any form of Greek system. Fraternities initially started on Princeton's campus in the 1840s, but, fearing the deterioration of Princeton's celebrated debate societies, the administration forbade any Greek presence on campus. Without houses and without recognition from the University, Princeton's modern Greek system does not have much of a presence on campus and most students are disinterested in the system.

Greek life is somewhat intertwined with the eating club system, particularly in the bicker clubs. While men choose to rush only one fraternity, women rush all sororities and are almost always guaranteed a bid from at least one. The pledge process for women is extremely tame, whereas, for the majority of fraternities, the pledge process is much more involved. Greek organizations give freshmen and sophomores social options outside of their residential colleges. Greek life can also pave the way for some students into selective bicker clubs. There are no fraternity or sorority houses on or near campus, so the system relies entirely upon room parties and off-campus events, such as formals and tailgates. Greek life does not limit one's group of friends and can serve as a way for normally shy students to open up and meet people outside of their residential college before making the decision sophomore year regarding their eating options.

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Princeton does not officially recognize any fraternities or sororites. Though there are many underground Greek organizations, Princeton frowns upon students participating in them, and they are in no way affiliated with the University. However, members-only eating clubs are very similar to frats and sororities at other schools and offer Princeton students a similar experience.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 15% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 65% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 20% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 100% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 45% Somewhat easy.
  • 35% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.
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