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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's minimal in the number of groups but it has a somewhat large presence on campus.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't participate in Greek life, but they are known for hosting parties and formals. They are not affiliated with the university, so they are student run and funded.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of greek life but I know people who are and have got into them easily. It's only so students could get into parties. I never really see or notice greek life students doing anything for the community.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: They do throw some fun parties but you won't miss out on much if you are not apart of Greek Life.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am in a sorority here at Santa Clara and really enjoy it. It is not affiliated with the school, meaning there is less of a commitment and less work involved. Also, it is what you make of it, you can either be super involved or stay on the sidelines. But I have made some of my best friends through my sorority but still have a ton of friends outside of greek life as well.

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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 73 responses

  • 29% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 52% 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.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 71 responses

  • 1% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 58% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 71 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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