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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally don't know much about Greek life on campus, but what I do know is that a majority of the sororities here are un-housed and that the housing of one particularly offensive fraternity, SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon, better known as Sexual Assault Expected), was indefinitely suspended.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in a housed sorority on campus, and I love it. You meet tons of people, and can go to so many more parties than would be otherwise available.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't big here. As someone with little interest in joining Greek life or attending large parties, I don't know much about Greek life. No one judges you if you don't want to join/party with Greek life.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: In general, I take a bit of an issue with the way that Greek organizations operate on a bottom line of exclusivity. While Greek orgs do public service events, they are primarily responsible for the social scene on campus. Talking to my friends in Greek life, I feel like rape culture does play a pretty strong role in Greek life, which makes me skeptical. Generally speaking, non-Greeks tend to be fairly opposed to Greek life, but will often go to frat parties, and there's a lot of overlap in social circles. While I'm non-Greek, I have many friends in Greek life, but I don't spent much time at sorority houses, nor would I ever want to rush. It's a big part of campus, but there is certainly no pressure to join; that's true for most things at Stanford. There are too many things going on to be pressured to join any particular scene, unless you have close friends involved.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was in a sorority, which had its benefits, but I would say I have more close friends who were not in the Greek system.

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Most students agree that fraternities and sororities don’t dominate Stanford’s social scene. Fraternities sponsor the majority of popular parties on campus, but these are generally open to all students, and there are plenty of alternatives. A large majority of students don’t feel the need to participate in Greek life at all, and most feel that the current size of Stanford’s Greek system is large enough, if not too big. At a school with less than 15 percent of students going Greek, that sentiment is telling. If you don’t rush, you will still be able to have plenty of fun and make friends as an undergraduate.

The Greek system at Stanford is fairly diverse. There’s a frat for computer enthusiasts who like to play computer games over the LAN. There are some more traditional ones that are mainly comprised of athletes or students into networking or being involved with student government. There’s even an anti-frat fraternity where most of the guys are into playing guitar and being laid-back. The sororities don’t have as much diversity, but do break down roughly by a combination of attractiveness and sexual discretion. For students who want to get involved in Greek life but don’t want as much of a commitment, there are several un-housed frats and sororities.

Facts & Statistics

Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi  
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • African American Fraternal and Sororal Association (AAFSA)
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • Intersorority Council (ISC)
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 69 responses

  • 10% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 72% 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.
  • 13% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 69 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 68% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 19% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 68 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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