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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life on campus fills a fairly wide spectrum. Some frats and sororities are more academic, others are more athletic. It's disappointing that all the greek organizations are housed in wings of the dorm rather than their own houses though.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not apart of greek life, but greek life is a big thing at Ripon College. All Greek life puts tags on your dorm room doors to recruit you in joining their life along with recruit week where each Greek life sets up a table outside the commons and tries to recruit as many students as possible.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: No matter what the Greek groups at Ripon do in the name of philanthropy, they cannot undo all the harm they do to the college and its students. Greek groups contribute to extremely poor, dangerous, and terrible decisions. Sexual assault, hazing, alcohol poisoning, and damage to school property are often perpetrated by not only members of Greek groups but independent students that attend Greek parties and events.

While no one will contest that destruction and bad decisions occur at colleges no matter what, Greek groups actively encourage these disastrous behaviors.

On top of all of the damage to health, property, and well being that Greek groups contribute to, they also act in a blatantly exclusive, elitist/classist, and sexist manner. Exclusivity, elitism, classism, and sexism have no place at a place of higher learning like Ripon. Potential applicants are excluded from groups based on arbitrary personal qualities. The amount of money and attention that sororities and fraternities require are extremely detrimental to students that cannot afford the dues or can sacrifice the time for meetings and events that these groups require. The explicit separation of the sexes between social clubs is absolutely backwards and unbelievably archaic at an institution of learning and progression.

In short, Greek groups at Ripon are a detriment to the quality of the learning environment for students. The objectionable membership qualities as well as the well being of Ripon students. I feel that my experience at Ripon would've been much more conducive to learning if so many other students weren't tied up in Greek organizations.

College Junior

Greek Life: I am not affiliated with the Greek life on campus because I have not been able to afford the membership fees which is a huge downside to joining the Greek life on a smaller campus. But there is a terrific partnership with the students both in and not in Greek life. The Greeks and non-Greeks live together a lot of the time even.

College Junior

Greek Life: I believe the Greek-Life is good at school. I don't care to join a sorority, but I know there are many people who do want to join Greek-Life and absolutely love it.


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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 30 responses

  • 40% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 53% 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.
  • 7% 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 30 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 73% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 90% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 7% 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 30 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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