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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is very prevalent, with most of the students participating. However, it isn't necessary to enjoy yourself, and I don't really think it changes much about the campus - besides being the source of most parties.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I was only Greek for a couple months. It was fun. I didn't get into the sorority of my choosing and would have had to rush all over again so I just stopped completely. It can be very difficult to make good friends when you are not Greek since many people might be on a completely different schedule than you. Greek life is fun though and I wish I had rushed a second time. It can be fairly demanding, but it depends.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fraternities hold parties on Thursday through Saturday with DDs for all off-campus parties. There is even a phone number that you can text, and a brother will come pick you up (even if you are at a different fraternity's party). If partying isn't your thing, Greek life still hosts events that aren't parties. For example, every year AOII hosts a Minute-to-Win-It team fundraiser, and the TriDelts have a Pancake fundraiser. If Greek life in general sounds atrocious, there are still plenty of non-Greek events hosted on campus. For instance, the Rhodes Activity Board (RAB) hosts open mic nights and often gets local artists to play in the Lair.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life dominates the campus, which means almost all parties or social gatherings are Greek affiliated. That being said, the topic of Greek life is reflective of the lack of diversity on campus as there is a really large difference between the predominate (and historically white) Greek life on campus and the historically black Greek organizations that are often denied funds and receive little support from the school as a whole. Also, there have been some complaints from students about some activity from Greek organizations (mainly the fraternities) being of homophobic or racially offensive nature. All of this is kind of disappointing since Greek life is so predominant on campus and plays a large role in campus social life.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am involved in greek life and I love it. It was a great way for me to meet new people.

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If you're coming to college looking for an "Animal House"-esque Greek life experience, Rhodes is definitely not for you. For many, that's a very good thing. Around 50 percent of students are in either a sorority or fraternity, but that does not mean you're left out if you decide it isn't for you. While most of the campus events and parties are sponsored by a Greek organization, all students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. There's virtually no exclusivity, and Greeks and independents are all friends with each other. Unlike your typical Southern state university, parties (except formals) are free and open to everyone after 11 p.m., guys included, and the Greek houses are non-residential.

Because of this, there's little campus division between Greeks and non-Greeks. That being said, Greek life is a bigger part of campus than people like to admit. It dominates most of the activities on weekends, and it's easy to feel a little awkward or left out sometimes, especially during rush week. But everyone understands that it is a personal choice, and no one will judge you if you decide you'd rather remain independent. It's encouraged to rush just to meet people, though, and keep an open mind—many happily affiliated students say that they weren't originally planning on joining, but Rhodes' laid-back Greek scene made them change their mind.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Nu
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Not Greek? No problem. Most of the events hosted by the Greek organizations are open to all students, including parties, service activities, and pageants. Even swaps become open to everyone after 11 p.m.
  • Each year, Rhodes students gather to watch and participate in the Kappa Delta All-Sing, a musical competition that has become a Rhodes tradition.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 37 responses

  • 51% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 68% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 16% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 8% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 95% 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 38 responses

  • 32% Very easy.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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