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Greek Life

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I didn't personally join a sorority but a lot of my best friends have. Everyone on campus is one big happy family and everyone doesn't have to be involved in Greek life to have fun.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not pay attention to the Greeks that often.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are so many opportunities for greek life and it is a great way to get involved in the community.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't think Greek life is an effective way to spend college years, but that's just me. Some people love it and it's really not too clique-ish at U of A. They stick to themselves and if you aren't Greek, no big, but don't expect them to talk to you unless you happen to have the class notes they need.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Mostly from what I have seen everyone is pretty much focused on their own stuff to worry about what others think of them. Greek is a big part but everyone is pretty friendly towards one another.

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The fraternities on campus definitely know how to throw a party. If you're new to the area or have a hard time meeting people, going through "rush" is the way to go. There isn't a better way to meet people, but you'll have to deal with non-Greeks saying that you pay for friends. The Greeks are very involved in campus life. All of the houses host one, if not more, philanthropy events throughout the year, and other organizations, like Hot Pink Ribbon, give more opportunities for Greeks to give back. One house on campus had an incident in 2009 in which a pledge almost died from drinking too much. Because of this, there has been an understandable crackdown on fraternity parties. All of the Greek life parties were suspended for a couple of months, and the future ramifications are unknown at this point. Underage students are never supposed to drink at fraternity parties, but this is followed as much as jaywalking laws.

The one week in which the Greeks really shine is Row Week. This is basically a weeklong party in which all of the frats have their biggest parties of the year. They all have different themes and have to build a fence in front of their houses. Every house also has a series of concerts; sometimes there are some big names. Previous years have seen Lil' Flip, Three 6 Mafia, Too Short, Otis Day and the Knights, Mike Jones, and Juvenile.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
17%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
24%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
23%
Freshman Women in Sororities
36%
Number of Fraternities
16
Number of Sororities
11
Fraternities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • FarmHouse
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA
  • Greek Life Facilitators
  • Greeks Going Green
  • Hot Pink Ribbon
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • National Pen-Hellenic Council
  • New Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • White Ribbon
Did You Know?
In the 2008-09 school year, UA Greeks donated more than $523,000 to charities. They also performed more than 30,000 hours of community service.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 219 responses

  • 64% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 18% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 15% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 219 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 39% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 16% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 34% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 219 responses

  • 6% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.

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