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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw the best parties, but are unique in all other ways to Greek life in the rest of the country.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not apart of the Greek Life since I am a freshman. Sophomore year is when one rushes to be part of a Frat/Sorority. It is the dominant social scene. If you aren't interested in Greek Life then don't waste your time applying to Union.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you are into going out and forming life long friendships then joining a frat is a good idea. The parties are great and it is usually pretty easy to get in.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life dominates. Literally. I don't know the exact statistic, but I believe at least 80 percent of the Union College student body participates. While you certainly won't be confronted for not participating, not joining greek life surely plays an alienating effect on you.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats are huge on campus. I am not a member, and I don't have a strong opinion either way.


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Union is in a major state of transition between the Minerva Houses and the fraternities. No longer are the days of huge frat parties in beautiful on-campus houses. Many of the frats have dorm housing (Alpha Beta, for example) and still manage to have great parties. Union's attitude towards parties has changed dramatically; however, after a review of insurance plans showed that fraternity brothers could personally be held liable if something happened during a party with alcohol.

Basically, no one knows how all this will pan out, but Greek organizations certainly won't die easy at Union, "The Mother of all Fraternities." Hopefully, the Greeks will join forces with the Minervas to make great parties for campus. Change is
in the air.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Lambda Pi Chi
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Sigma Delta Tau
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Every year, Sigma Phi hosts a Rum and Reggae party where the brothers hire a reggae band, make punch, and invite the entire campus to enjoy the sweet sounds of Bob Marley tunes and other Reggae tracks. Also, Fiji (frat) hosts a pretty amazing party called Fiji Island where the brothers can spend up to a week setting up for the festivities, which include volleyball games, punch drinking, and dancing. Both of these fiestas happen during spring term.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 34 responses

  • 68% 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.
  • 6% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 9% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 32 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 34% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 12% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 30 responses

  • 43% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 37% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 17% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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