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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a very prominent part of campus. Very enjoyable for those who are involved in it, but can seem annoying to non-Greeks. Greek life isn't for everyone, but there are many Greek options for every type of student on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Recently ranked 9th in the nation by Total Frat Move (May 2015)

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here really ruins the entire school, giving SMU the bad reputation it has. Greek life is exclusive, cliquey, and narrow-minded. If you're a guy, you better be good looking, charismatic, and have an abundance of family money to get into a frat. If you're a girl, you better be underweight, own many designer items such as $6,000 Cartier love bracelets, Hermes belts/bracelets, and a $1,100+ Louis tote or 1,800+ Goyard tote, slutty without having a reputation for it, drink a lot but not be sloppy, be friendly without seeming too friendly, be in with just the right people, and preferably have a legacy.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's difficult to get into a "good" sorority without knowing someone already in that sorority. Therefore, if you're planning on rushing, go to the events during Fall semester and make friends with the members. The fraternities are all pretty similar and there are a fair amount of douchey frat boys in them.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is so much fun here! Huge parties every weekend, lots of formals and away weekends. It is getting more difficult each year to get into a house, as much more girls are rushing and there are fewer spots. There are pros and cons to the deferred rush system, if you are a freshman you can't mess up 1st semester and it can be exhausting to be in a sorority and rush the girls. But regardless we have some of the best greek life in the country hands down.

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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 75 responses

  • 61% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 13% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 25% 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 75 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 25% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 36% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 75 responses

  • 92% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 1% No special housing is available.
  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 74 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 31% Somewhat easy.
  • 49% Somewhat difficult.
  • 14% Very difficult.


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