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Greek Life

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that major of a thing at RPI, but a good number of students participate in it. The greek life and non greek life students are treated equally and not viewed in different manners.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty important part of campus life. Nearly a third of all students at RPI go Greek at some point in their college experience. The events hosted by Greek life are some of the most attended on campus and are the best way to meet people/get people out of their rooms and away from their computers.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not really a great person to ask about this but sure.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is nice on campus but not overpowering.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a freshman and I am not interested in Greek Life so my view on Greek Life is limited.

It takes about a month or two to join a sorority or fraternity as far as I know, so I think there's some difficulty. As far as I hear, people love their sororities/fraternities. They love the people they've met through it and how much they get to help the community through them and what they learn by being a part of them.

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Most social activities at RPI are Greek-related. Sororities are dry, which means they can't drink in their houses, but this isn't the case at the (off-campus) fraternities. Frats offer the student body a close and safe way to party on the weekends. Fraternity life is not for everyone, and the different fraternities range widely in their interests and specialties. Some men find it hard to get into fraternity parties if they are not Greek-girls are in high demand, but there are already plenty of guys around.

Fraternities are the backbone of the social scene and provide an outlet for students to get out and have a good time. There is no great rift between Greeks and non-Greeks, however. Every Greek organization does a lot of community service, most of which are fun events, and they contribute a lot to the student body and the greater Troy area, as well. Almost every chapter has at least one or two well-known charity events they hold each year. The best advice for incoming freshmen is to go check out as many houses as you can during rush; get to know as many people as you can to find out if there is a Greek organization out there for you. Go to houses with the friends you've made in the dorms, and don't go in with any preconceived ideas. Every house is different, and if you want to go Greek, there's a house for you.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
25%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
18%
Number of Fraternities
31
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Phi Mu Delta
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Rensselaer Society of Engineers
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta
Multicultural Colonies
Alpha Phi Omega
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alumni Inter-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 57 responses

  • 46% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 47% 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.
  • 5% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 57 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 53 responses

  • 58% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 4% No special housing is available.
  • 38% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 57 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 16% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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