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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It doesn't matter if you go greek or not.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The University refuses to officially recognize Greek Life, but it's still a pretty major aspect of the social scene here. Although during Fall quarter most off campus parties are open to everyone, that becomes less true after sorority rush and after the frats rush in the Winter, pretty much the only big parties are closed mixers.

There are also several business frats that provide some of the same social benefits without such a large focus on parties.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not everyone is in greek life

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Our Greek system isn't affiliated with the school so there aren't opulent chapter houses but each frat will have a number of houses that they frequently throw parties at. In terms of difficulty, I would say that it is far more difficult to join a frat. Joining a sorority isn't necessarily difficult but I think it will be in the future since we only have 5 sororities and the numbers are growing so it is starting to become more selective. I really enjoy the fact that Greek life doesn't dominate the social scene but I do suggest it since the perks are nice.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't participate in the Greek life and they are not mean people but it does upset me because I have seen that they have previous answers to some very important test where I study so long for and still don't reach the same grade as them.

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Compared to larger schools, Greek life at Santa Clara plays a pretty low-key role in the campus social scene. This is due in part to the fact that the University stopped formally recognizing fraternities and sororities a little more than 10 years ago. But while not affiliated with the University, Greek organizations still maintain a presence in SCU's social life.

Sororities and fraternities not affiliated with Santa Clara University are housed off campus, though not in the mansion-style houses of larger universities. Because the houses are smaller, only officers and select members live in the official "house." Other members live separately, either in other off-campus houses or in the dorms. Because Greek life has such an informal presence on campus, there's very little social pressure to join. Those who want to join can, and those who don't won't find their social lives negatively impacted by choosing not to.

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The Greek system at SCU is unique. Several years ago, the University stopped acknowledging Greek organizations, which were never very large or numerous, saying that they conflicted with the school's Jesuit values. At about the same time, the SAE fraternity house had its charter revoked by its national council for hazing infractions. The Greek system still survives in an unsanctioned form, even the SAE house, which became California Phi

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 43 responses

  • 28% 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.
  • 16% 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 42 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 60% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 26% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 42 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 45% No special housing is available.
  • 36% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 63% Somewhat easy.
  • 20% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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