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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: In a sorority and think the community is amazing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Definite presence on campus, but not as pervasive as greek life at some state schools. Your social life will still be fine if you aren't involved in one directly

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I felt a little left out for not joining a sorority, but it's not the end of my social life either.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: It's nothing like a state school. The Greek life cuts out most of the silly traditions.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Full disclosure, I'm in a sorority. I love it, I think it has provided me a community unlike anything else at Stanford. Greek life provides much of the social life on campus, though frat parties are open to all and many find other parties they prefer. Those in Greek life love it for the community, the support system, and the extensive network throughout Stanford. 3/7 sororities have houses, and there are 6 housed fraternities. Almost 30% of women are in sororities, and around 20% of men. Stanford tries to downplay it's effect on campus, but the truth is that most social people, though they may find their primary source of fun and community somewhere else, are also involved in a sorority or fraternity

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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 76 responses

  • 12% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 70% 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.
  • 14% 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 76 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 70% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 17% 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 74 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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