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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not plan to be involved in Greek life but for those who want to, it is available.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Meh. We're not really a greek school. Frats provide almost all of the party scene, and people in greek life supposedly have access to a more vibrant party scene. No one is going to judge you for going greek, but no one will judge you for not going greek either.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge part of campus. About 10% of students are in Greek life, so if you don't want to join, you're in the majority. Frats do offer a regular source of parties, which is nice, but they are not the only source by any means--there are lots of really great non-Greek parties on campus. Greeks are not viewed in any particularly positive or negative way--if you want to do it, you do it, but if you don't, you don't. It's up to you. Some frats/sororities are housed, which means that they live in their own houses just for members of that group. These houses are the same quality as the rest of campus houses.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It's OK, some frats throw great parties, sororities are snobbish

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Many options for those who want Greek Housing, but it's acceptable if you don't also

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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
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 57 responses

  • 9% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 74% 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.
  • 12% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 5% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 57 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 68% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 57 responses

  • 75% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 7% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 16% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 56 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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