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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not really pay attention to that. Nobody actually talks about this.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Houses Are a Better Alternative to Sororities – Greek life does not exist as Smith, but because students live in houses as opposed to more traditional dorms, each house has its own character and students develop a relationship with their fellow housemates and there is often a lot of house pride.


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Smith does not have official Greek life, but there are more than 30 houses on campus, each with their own distinctive personalities, traditions, histories, and rivalries. Each house fosters the same sense of community that one would expect to get from a sorority, and many of the houses also reach out to the larger community and participate in service events, just like traditional Greek organizations.

The housing system at Smith allows each student the feeling of acceptance and group participation, as well as a continuation of Smith history and tradition. Like a fraternity or sorority, once placed in a house, most students opt not to leave. This makes for very strong friendships and connections to the house, evidenced by the large number of alumnae who return to their houses for events. The Smith administration correctly advertises the housing system as supportive and essential to each student’s experience.

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Undergrad Men in Fraternities
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Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% 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.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 98% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 70% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 13% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 17% Somewhat easy.
  • 17% Somewhat difficult.
  • 60% Very difficult.
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