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Greek Life


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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Non-Greeks mainly look down on those who are Greek. We have a pretty big Greek life but there are a number of students who are not Greek. It's not a big deal if you aren't

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally try to distance myself from the Greek life simply because I want a college experience without parties and bad decisions. Greek life on campus is just something that some people partake in, although those who are in a frat or sorority tend to take it very serious. There's always some event whether it be service opportunity or a "mixer" going on. Non-Greeks aren't really pressured to attend, although those in Greek life are pretty much expected to be there. I figure if I don't get involved in a Greek organization that I won't have to deal with the expectation to drink and party like a 'real college student'. As far as housing, I believe there are frat houses, but I don't know much about the subject to be honest since I don't care where they go to party as long as it's not near me.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Non-Greeks usually see the Greeks as access to parties. Also, sometimes Greeks are seen as annoying because they tend to believe that their Greek "status" is somehow elevated above that of a Non-Greek.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: You do not have to join in greek life in order to have a social life. However, it is nice to make a few friends in a fraternity or sorority so you have a place to go to party. This year at least, Theta Xi throws the best parties and they are fairly consistent.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: i'm not too sure about the Greek Life here on campus, it doesnt intrigue me


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Anybody can tell from the sidewalk chalk ads all over campus that Greek life booms at Slippery Rock. While many of the Greeks are somewhat comparable to Bluto and Otter from Animal House, they also do a lot of service on campus and in the local community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many Greeks came together and raised funds for relief efforts, and to promote Homeless Awareness Week, they conducted several food and clothing drives before visiting shelters. Greek life also sponsors many on-campus programs, from educational series of guest speakers to campus-wide, non-alcoholic mix-off against drunk driving.

The pressure to become a brother or a sister is felt the most during rush when recruitments for the new semester begin, but nobody will force you into anything you don’t want to do. However, most students recommend looking into fraternities and sororities to network with people and to make friends. If you go this route, remember that you will have to pay monetary dues and commit a lot of your time to be a part of the organization. Besides social fraternities, SRU is also home to many professional fraternities where students can network with professionals in their fields of study, learn valuable skills, and socialize with students of similar majors. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to go Greek, then there are plenty of other organizations to look into on campus where you can meet new people and get involved. Though the Greek population is prominent, not everyone at SRU knows the Greek alphabet backwards or whips each other with wooden paddles.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Theta Xi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 66 responses

  • 32% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 55% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 11% 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 65 responses

  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 65 responses

  • 12% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 77% No special housing is available.
  • 11% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 65 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 65% Somewhat easy.
  • 12% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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