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1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life at Rice. What do I type now?

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The residential college system is kinda like being in an accepting, loving, co-ed, house from day one.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Really, the residential college system is the Greek life. We just don't call it that. But people actually find it a great alternative. No one really wants Greek life the way the residential college system is set up.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A incredibly support-filled and caring community.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No greek life on campus - instead, we have residential colleges. Everyone is randomly placed in a college, a system which is frequently compared to houses in Hogwarts, and could be described as a co-ed fraternity of sorts. Learn more about it, it's one of my favorite things about Rice!

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Rice students love the fact that Rice has no Greek life. It is nearly unanimous amongst students that the residential college system is far superior to the Greek system because it offers many of the positive aspects of the Greek system while eliminating the negatives. The college system provides you with a small, tight-knit group of people from the time you enter Rice as a freshman. These people become a support network and a family. The colleges help you make friends and contacts with whom you share a common ground. The residential colleges also sponsor social, athletic, and cultural events. However, because of the random assignment, there is no degrading or stressful selection process to go through, and each college is home to individuals of all backgrounds, personality types, styles, strengths, and interests.

While most students feel very positive about the college system, many even naming it as one of the top reasons they chose to come to Rice, some students also point out that the system can limit students in their social life. By the end of your first or second year, your residential college may begin to feel a bit confining: knowing everyone, knowing everyone’s business, and knowing that they also know your business. Fortunately, you can branch out to people in other colleges by participating in extracurricular activities.

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The college system at Rice eliminates the need for any sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 98% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 48 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 6% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 48 responses

  • 19% Very easy.
  • 17% Somewhat easy.
  • 6% Somewhat difficult.
  • 58% Very difficult.
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