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Greek Life

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: For the most part, I do not enjoy the Greek system and I tend to feel a lot of resentment towards members of the Greek community.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: A lot of options as far as which sorority/fraternity you would like to belong to. I.s more than just partying they do fund raising and many other things for the community

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in a sorority, I don't have much of an opinion. It was never something I wanted to experience. To a lot of girls, it is very important.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life can be good or bad. There are what people call top tier and say if you aren't in the top tier you are a nobody but that isn't true.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: It is over the top, lots of rich kids and they are not very friendly to those that are not involved in Greek life.

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New students foreign to the Greek system will be stunned by the phenomenon created by the fraternities and sororities here on campus. Greek life feeds directly into the community created by SMU with its small student population and functions as the primary way of life-well, at least socially. On the other hand, while people may assume what they will about Greek life and attach certain labels to it (such as elitism and "buying your friends"), most will soon find themselves amongst the crowd, either by joining it or making friends who participate in it. Being Greek allows you instant access into theme parties that are held every weekend. Most Greeks are proud that they are a part of an organization, but by no means will they treat you differently because you are not Greek . . . you just won't be able to get into most of the parties. Because SMU is in the South, recruitment is an immense ordeal, and quite a bit of emphasis is placed on the entire scene.

Every day, different colored jerseys are visible all over campus, in addition to Greek T-shirts that everyone wears to class. Girls are also equipped with buttons on their purses and backpacks. But once again, Greek life does not take over the entire campus. It's just highly noticeable. On the flip side, the percentage of students joining fraternities and sororities is slowly dwindling.Don't make assumptions about the people or the system; check it out and judge for yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
23%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
31%
Number of Fraternities
15
Number of Sororities
14
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Kappa Delta Chi (MGC)
  • Omega Delta Phi (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Sigma Phi Omega (MGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Each semester, Greek organizations pair up and participate in Talent Show during Family Weekend in the fall, and Sing Song during Mother's/Father's Weekend in the spring.
  • In the fall, fraternities and sororities build and present floats for the homecoming parade and they compete for first, second, or third place. Most of the homecoming king and queen nominees are Greek.
  • SMU participates in deferred rush, which means that recruitment takes place during the last week of the holiday break.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 103 responses

  • 61% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 15% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 24% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 103 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 28% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 102 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 40% Somewhat easy.
  • 44% Somewhat difficult.
  • 11% Very difficult.

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