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5 College Senior

Greek Life: I think Greek Life at SLU is one of the greatest in the country. It is due to the culture of SLU, but there is no competition or hostility between Greek chapters. Chapters are friends with others and non-Greeks. There is friendly competition during weeks like Greek Week or SLUperbowl (Sig Ep fraternity's philanthropy), but other than that being Greek does not distinct you from the rest, it's just another organization you are a part of.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think greek life is great but you have to pay a huge sum of money to join and after that you have to do a bunch of events. This makes it harder to hand out with other people and leave you only stuck with greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have a lot of friends in sororities and fraternities, and while I'm not in one I still think they're really great organizations that are more focused on community service and giving back.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Coming to SLU I was told Greek Life is not that big on campus, but it definitely is. I am in a sorority and am friends with both Greeks and non-Greeks but you definitely feel a big presence of Greek life because of all the philanthropic events and social events. There are, however, no houses on campus which make for a different feel compared to some other schools. I loved the recruitment process though because it is very value based and there is absolutely no hazing on campus at all.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not a Greek, and I do not at all feel ostracized because of this. I think Greek Life at SLU is well-integrated into the SLU community as a whole and that it is in line with SLU's Jesuit ideals.

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About 20 percent of SLU students are involved in Greek organizations. Translation: Students in sororities and fraternities are very involved within their organization, but Greeks are not a dominating power on campus. With six sororities and nine fraternities, students interested in going Greek can definitely find a group to fit into. Sororities host formal recruitment the second week of the fall semester, and the fraternities have rush events at the beginning of each semester. There are no Greek houses on campus, so all fraternity and sorority members have the option to live in DeMattias Hall with their brothers and sisters during their sophomore year. Greeks tend to have friends in multiple other Greek organizations, and rivalries are minimal. They are also very active in philanthropy, and each organization has a philanthropy week where they raise fund for their respective organizations. The Greek organizations frequently offer social events for members. Fraternities open their events to all girls, and sorority members can invite Greek or non-Greek dates.

There is little pressure for students to join Greek organizations, and the student body generally looks favorably on the Greeks. Even if you don't go Greek, there are plenty of social opportunities to fill your calendar. The SLU community is welcoming to all students, and it's easy to find a group of friends with similar interests.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
14%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
19%
Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Gamma
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternities and sororities have been a part of SLU since the early 1900s.
  • During Greek Week, each fraternity and sorority has a series of events and parties.
  • Sigma Chi is the only Greek organization with an actual house; everyone else lives either in their respective areas of DeMattias Hall, or on their own.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 95 responses

  • 18% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 67% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 13% 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 95 responses

  • 27% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 49% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 15% 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 95 responses

  • 4% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 67% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 25% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 95 responses

  • 25% Very easy.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 13% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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