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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not into Greek life, however I do have friends in sororities and I get along with them pretty well.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: I feel like the Greek system is shady, in its practices and in how we hear about them. The rules and regulations between fraternities and sororities are very different. Sororities are not permitted to drink or do drugs, and they have strict rules about what activities they can plan and take part in. Fraternities have no such rules and are permitted to go wild with alcohol. In fall quarter there was a blackface party on this campus and the university did no investigations; the fraternity was left to its own devices, which many students are still upset about. What's more, diversity in the Greek system is nearly nonexistent. Most students are white heterosexuals, which makes the fraternities and sororities seem non-inclusive to people of different races and sexual orientations (as if the blackface party didn't convince us further of this mentality).

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, but I've got a lot of friends who are. People who are in it seem to love it, people who aren't in it seem relatively indifferent but sometimes aggravated about the occasional cliquey-ness of Greeks. Some girls in houses will all but ignore you after you tell them you're not in a house, but only some. Frats play a major role in the party scene.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on campus. However, I believe you do not need to join these organizations in order to have a good time on campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life here at UCLA is generally a positive asset to our school, but it does have some negative connotations to it as well. Some of the participants in fraternities and sororities participate in volunteer and outreach service, but others only join Greek life to party and make friends. It is convenient to have the fraternity houses so close to campus so when students go out, they can safely make it back to their dorm. I have also always felt safe whenever I am around a Greek party or event, as most of the people I have met that are in Greek life are extremely nice.

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Greek Bruins try to make it a point to show that they're not the letter-wearing, keg-chugging animals stereotyped on TV. And to some extent, this is true—when chatting up a sorority girl or frat guy, you know there's a UCLA-worthy brain in there. There's little hierarchy or cliquey-ness to be found within Bruin frats and sororities, though the Greek system itself often acts as a giant, everyone-knows-and-loves-each-other family to which other students are merely foreigners. Most agree that the process of joining one of UCLA's many nationally recognized houses can be daunting, but the years of camaraderie, networking opportunities, and feel-good service ventures are worth it.

As far as Greeks and the social scene goes, frat parties tend to make up a large part of weekend activity and are often the only alternative to low-key apartment gatherings. If you're a member of Greek life, this means you're constantly ambushed with raging opportunities, while non-Greeks may just have to watch from the sidelines. Greeks typically also attend two official events per week, such as date parties, philanthropy events, or club-centered "raids" with other houses. However, students who choose not to partake in Greek parties still find themselves with all of L.A. to conquer by night—the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica are popular party destinations and only a car or bus ride away.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Sigma Tau
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Pi Beta
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Phi Rho
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Alpha Delta
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Gamma Rho Lambda
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Psi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Phi Lambda Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Delta Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Tau Theta Pi
  • Theta Kappa Phi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Epsilon Omega (MIGC)
  • Alpha Gamma Alpha (MIGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Chi Alpha Delta (AGC)
  • Chi Delta Theta (MIGC)
  • Delta Lambda Phi (MIGC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Gamma Rho Lambda (MIGC)
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha (LGC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Psi Epsilon (MIGC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (AGC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (LGC)
  • Lambda Theta Nu (LGC)
  • Nu Alpha Kappa (LGC)
  • Omega Sigma Tau (AGC)
  • Phi Lambda Rho (LGC)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi (MIGC)
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta (MIGC)
  • Sigma Delta Sigma (MIGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (LGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (LGC)
  • Sigma Pi Beta (MIGC)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (MIGC)
  • Tau Theta Pi (MIGC)
  • Theta Kappa Phi (AGC)
  • Zeta Phi Rho (MIGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Asian Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Latino Greek Council
  • Multi-Interest Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
The ABC TV series "Greek" is often filmed on campus, and the show's story line is rumored to revolve around real events in the UCLA Greek system.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 289 responses

  • 42% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 47% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% 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.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 287 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 14% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 246 responses

  • 76% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 286 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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