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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a fan of the Greek system - I went to one rush event my freshman year and decided it wasn't for me, but my experiences since then have tainted my view towards the entire system. In comparison to other colleges, Purdue's Greek system doesn't really do anything. They're there, but they're not extremely exclusive and there are a ton of them. Other than a few houses that throw good parties, Purdue's Greek system is pretty bland. That being said, if you REALLY want to be in a fraternity or sorority, you will not have a difficult time getting into one because there are so many of them and most of the student body isn't in Greek life. As far as parties go, I would much rather go to a friend's house than a Fraternity. Frats tend to be dirty and boring.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's big, but not too big.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the greeks are the scum of the earth, some are fairly nice.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Lots of fraternities and sororities with some great houses, but the good ones are superficial and quite hard to get into unless you're special in some way.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: A large chunk of kids go Greek, it definitely isn't necessary - even if you party a lot.

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With 29 percent of the Purdue student population being Greek, it’s no surprise that the Greeks are an important aspect of campus life. Events such as Homecoming and Grand Prix are the chances for sororities and fraternities to shine. However, they do not, by any means, dominate the social scene. Students not involved in the Greek system expressed their ability to have fun, make friends, attend parties, and be part of organizations without rushing or becoming involved in a sorority or fraternity. Several students surveyed expressed somewhat disparaging remarks about the Greek lifestyle, but those who were involved realized that Greeks play a very active role in many aspects of campus life, becoming involved in community service and various charities. Those who are members of Greek life hail the system; those outside of it are content to let the Greeks do their own thing.

If you’re interested in attending fraternity and sorority parties, and you’re not a member of the Greek system, you’ll have to use your friends who are able to get you inside the houses. One very nice thing about the Greek life at Purdue is that it gives members a sense of pride and association, but it is not so all-encompassing that it doesn’t leave time for members to pursue other activities around campus as well. Students who wish to stay Greek-free have no problems living their four years at Purdue. Even if you are not part of the Greek community, you are able to fit in just fine. Students who aren't part of the Greek system have their fair share of stuff to do around campus as well.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
18%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
17%
Number of Fraternities
41
Number of Sororities
21
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Evans Scholars
  • FarmHouse
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • PhiKappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Tau
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Mu
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Beta Chi
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Tau Phi Sigma

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 190 responses

  • 57% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 34% 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.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 190 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% 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 190 responses

  • 91% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 6% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 190 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.

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