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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life so I can not say for certain what it is like to be part of a group, but as independent it seems like some Greeks do think that they are better and they act as if because you do not have Greek events to attend that you do nothing. For sororities primarily they are very close and to be friends with them but not in the sorority is nearly impossible.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek member of the college, I only have so much to add to the rating. Greeks don't act as though they're better than non-Greeks (some do act that way, but that is due to their personality, not the Greek life). Each fraternity and sorority has its own 'personality' you could say. If you're interested in joining, there's probably one that will fit your personality. If you don't wish to join, no one will treat you any differently.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of college. Most people I know are associated with some form of Greek life. Although I do not participate, I live on a sorority floor and see the bonds made through their sorority. The partying is a huge part of their life though.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life but from an independent's perspective its not that bad. There's no pressure or social consequences for not being part of Greek life, which I appreciate because I like talking to people in all different organizations and would hate for some kind o rivalry to get in the way of that. Greek life doesn't have houses though, sororities and fraternities are housed right in the dorms which can get nosy during recruitment but otherwise it works out okay.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is viewed differently by different people on campus. Many people enjoy going to the parties they throw while others enjoy the different on campus activities they host. The impact of Greek Life on Ripon's campus is mostly positive and has very little negative feedback. The different Greek groups live on different floors on campus. This is the only potential problem as some people can find their activities disruptive in the dorms. Overall, Greek Life has a positive influence on the community and campus.


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There are several fraternities and sororities on campus, and they all take part in some sort of philanthropy as well as put on campus-wide activities for Greeks and non-Greeks alike. While it may seem like a lot of campus decides to become Greek, there isn't a lot of pressure to pledge one way or another. Some people take issue with Greek life and tend to associate it with stereotypes like constant partying. This is not the case at all. After people explore Greek life for themselves, they will realize that a lot of the stereotypes shown in movies are untrue. There are lots of students who choose to remain independent but still enjoy the company of friends who are Greek.

The housing on campus for Greek life is all within the residence halls. There aren't any houses off campus or otherwise, so the Greeks share the residence halls with independents. This creates a more communal atmosphere and less separation between independents and Greeks. Greeks are, however, all living within their "house," so they are all on the same side of a building and live within close proximity of each other, despite not having off-campus houses.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Pi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Kappa Delta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Theta Sigma Tau
Did You Know?
Theta Sigma Tau is a coed fraternity.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 40 responses

  • 42% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 50% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% 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.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 40 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 72% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 40 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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