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4 College Junior

Greek Life: While there are typical negative stereotypes surrounding Greek life, I do see it's positive impact in our school community. While I'm not in a co-ed frat or sorority myself, I have friends who tell how much they appreciate being a part of the Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very prominent, especially on the party scene. Top houses have an air of privilege about them but there are some genuine and kind Greek houses as well

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I only know people in Greek life, I was never a part of it myself. They seem to enjoy it and have fun, but I know that it isn't necessary to join one to have a great college experience.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It all depends on what council you're in: IFC, PanHel, USFC, or NPHC.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Our Greek life has gotten bad attention

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Greek presence is enormous here, and you will see signs of it everywhere you go. Walking through campus you will see Greek letters embroidered on everything from T-shirts to hot pants. Sororities walk in unison down the streets, fraternities roam the campus dressed in monkey suits, and the call of the Greek kegger ripples its way through the whispering voices of young freshmen. With the overwhelming presence of the Greeks and their parties, it often seems like they hold a monopoly on the social life and nightlife of the school, but this is not the case. Whether or not you join a fraternity or sorority, there are plenty of social activities that you can participate in, and there will be plenty of partying for you to indulge in.

Fraternities and sororities are very tight social organizations that have a huge presence here on campus, especially during rush week and other such times. You will constantly hear Greek speak whether you like it or not. If you can't stand Greeks, chances are that you've already stopped reading this section or thrown this book into a bonfire, because Greek presence IS that strong. Even with the strength of the Greeks, there is plenty of social life left for those outside of the system. You do not have to join them in order to have a good time on the weekends. For those interested in becoming fraternity or sorority members, San Diego State offers a plethora of options for you, and a social presence of the Greeks that you are sure to appreciate.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
7%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
9
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Alpha Pi Sigma
  • Alpha Psi Rho
  • Beta Omega Phi
  • Delta Sigma Psi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Epsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Sigma Theta Psi
  • Upsilon Kappa Delta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • Paradosis
  • Rho Lambda
  • United Sorority and Fraternity Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternity Row is a single four-story building that houses eight fraternities within close distance of Cox Arena. Fraternity Row is owned and run by the SDSU Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that manages University properties. A majority of parties and events are held here during the weekend.
  • Sorority Row was a $25 million project developed by the San Diego State University Foundation providing chapter houses and apartments for 215 students from Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, and Sigma Kappa within walking distance of campus on 1.5 acres off College Avenue.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 201 responses

  • 49% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 33% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 12% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 201 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 27% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 38% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 30% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 201 responses

  • 62% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 27% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 201 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 8% Very difficult.

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