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Greek Life


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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: UC Berkeley's Greek life is very representative of the school itself; it's very relaxed and diverse. The recruitment process is much more relaxed than other schools, and you don't HAVE to be a part of it to feel like you belong at the school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life, nor am I around it. They exist but not in my bubble.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There if you want it, but no pressure or judgement otherwise.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about it. Most people are not part of the greek system

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's each to themselves. Greek life is great for who wants to take part.

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The phrase you’ll often hear from the Greek community is that “Berkeley is different,” meaning the Greeks aren’t the Animal House-style, superficial jerks one might first imagine. The Greek system at Cal is the largest on the West Coast, and therefore hosts a range of houses. While many sororities and fraternities are far from the stereotype, many are spot-on. The system is predominately Caucasian—far from the racial breakdown of the overall student body—and attracts many snobby students who are looking for friends within Berkeley’s far-from-materialistic campus.

On the flip-side, the Greek system is also full of students who never thought they’d be in a sorority or a fraternity. Especially for new students, it is an effective way to make the campus feel smaller. Besides giving members 100 automatic friends within their chapters, the Greek community as a whole is also fairly tight-knit. Most of the houses are just off the southeast edge of campus, making it easy for the Greek houses to form a physical community. Most chapters also help members connect to the school by organizing philanthropic events, creating intramural sports teams, supporting members in outside activities, and hosting social events in San Francisco. The Greek system dominates Cal’s party scene, especially for students who are too young to go to bars. While it is easy to avoid the Greek community by partying in the co-ops (student-run housing on the opposite side of campus) or hunting for house parties (often held by the sports teams), it is easier to get into fraternity parties if you are in a house or friends with someone who is.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Epsilon Omega
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Phi Omicron
  • Sigma Pi Alpha
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Sigma Pi Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraterninty Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Living in a sorority is often less expensive than living in an apartment near campus. Sorority housing includes a chef, cleaner, and all utilities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 275 responses

  • 32% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 63% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 275 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 52% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 276 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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