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5 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm in Greek life and from what it seems almost all parties are thrown by fraternities, but open to all RPI students. Aside from parties, a lot of the Greek community goes out of its way to hold fun events on campus to raise money for charities and help out at events like accepted students day, etc. Most chapters on campus have a house so after freshman year, most Greeks choose to live in house as it is much cheaper than the on-campus housing.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life plays a huge part in the social scene on campus. A majority of the larger parties are thrown by Greek organizations. Fraternities and sororities are also actively involved in charity events and activities that go on year-round on campus. It would be a good idea to consider going Greek because it's one of the best ways to become involved on campus and meet a lot of great people.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is great! No one forces you to join.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Most of the students that enjoy socializing end up going greek at some point throughout their college career. Fraternities and sororities host a good amount of on campus activities and fraternities arrange parties frequently. Going greek is a good way to make a lot of friends fast and to be on top of ongoing activities. If you are a shy person, it is definitely good to consider. However, as a female student at RPI I've had no problem making friends and getting by without going greek. All fraternity parties allow girls to attend regardless of whether you are greek or not. This gives you the opportunity to socialize with the greek community without having to go greek. Additionally, everyone is welcomed to join rush events which can give you a better understanding of what a fraternity or sorority is like. Whether you are greek or not the greek community at RPI is overall very friendly and inclusive.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I joined a sorority my first semester and it was the best decision I made. The friends I have made and the amount of help I received during the year really helped me do my best in school.

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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 70 responses

  • 46% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 49% 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.
  • 4% 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 70 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 59% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 70 responses

  • 24% Very easy.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 16% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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