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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is good. I'm in a sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Recruitment/rush happens during fall of sophomore year at the earliest, which is nice because you have plenty of time as a freshman to get to know the scene & different organizations and can decide thoroughly if you want to participate. More than twice as many fraternities as sororities, with a recent increase in female presence. Multicultural organizations are available, as well as Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity) and Alpha Delta Lambda. Three Panhellenic sororities currently (Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Delta Tau), with interest in starting a fourth. Lots of fraternities.

Union is also the mother of the fraternity, with several alpha chapters on campus and many greek organizations in and out over the years.

Administration is historically not a fan of Greek life, which is a shame because any problems we experience here are not nearly to the level of problems at other schools. Greek life is a big thing to be a part of if you want exclusive parties 2-3 times a week, but those parties open to everyone after 11pm anyway so it's not a huge issue if you don't want to be greek but still want to regularly have a good time.

Greek life was one of my only cons when picking Union, and I had very little interest in joining, but by sophomore fall I was more interested and followed along with my friends. I'm happy with my decision, as it was a great way to get to know upperclassmen and network. You get out what you put in, and in each organization there are both people who live only for their house and people who do the bare-minimum or less for the house.

There are also a million non-greek options for social events, including minervas, academic events, U-program, etc. Don't get me wrong, just because they are not sponsored by Greeks doesn't mean greek students don't attend. There is still campus involvement with the organizations.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus. I did not realize it until I started attending Union. They have multiply parties a weekend, but they tend to get old pretty fast. There are not many off-campus parties and their is not a huge bar scene in the area.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't listen to the brochures and tour guides, frat life is huge here. Minerva events are usually boring and, when they serve food, it is gone within 5 minutes. Sororities are big here I guess, but they never throw parties or anything so people outside of them are kind of indifferent. The key to enjoying the party scene at Union is to join a frat, know guys in frats, or have lots of girl friends to help get into parties. Aside from frat parties, there are very few parties to go to.

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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.

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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
29%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
22%
Number of Fraternities
12
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • 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
Sororities
  • 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 39 responses

  • 72% 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.
  • 5% 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.
  • 8% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 37 responses

  • 14% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 35% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 38% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 38 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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