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Greek Life


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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Some Greek life exists, but the school is pretty strict about hazing and parties, and most of the big frats have pretty bad reputations.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't as crazy at UCSD as at other schools, mostly due to the lack of houses (illegal in La Jolla). Panhellenic sororities are cliquey but there are no hazing incidents. Asian-interest sororities are scary. Fraternities have silly rules and pledge requirements, but seem like good organizations, except for a few that are notorious for being suspended. Parties often revolve around secret destinations and shuttles, which can be questionable. Be careful.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: there is no greek row on campus, it doesn't play a strong part in the campus life as compared to universities like San Diego State. non-greeks interact with greeks, there isn't really a rift between them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There if you want it; not in your face

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, I have been around Greek life very little, which also reflects how low-key they are on campus. Most of what I know about the university's Greek life is based on hearsay. A Greek has told me about the charitable activities that sororities and fraternities participate in and help to facilitate, while a friend whose roommate is a Greek tells me stories about how her roommate's "sisters" shame her roommate for doing things such as being a virgin.


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The lack of an active social scene at UCSD also results in a generally unpopular Greek system. There are a number of frats and sororities, but they do not own the social scene. The Greek system is not thought highly of, and many students are skeptical of those who are involved. Greeks are oftentimes stereotyped as being stupid, overly promiscuous, or superficial. Being involved in the Greek system takes more time and money than most students are willing to allocate.

For students who choose to join a fraternity or sorority, it tends to take up much of their free time. Students active in the Greek system report that they have developed good friendships, enjoy being more involved on campus, and have an active social life. Fraternities and sororities also participate in charitable projects on campus and around the San Diego area. For a more untraditional Greek experience, students tend to join special interest fraternities, which are often coed and based around cultural groups, religions, or majors.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Nu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Chi Gamma Phi
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Kappa Zeta Phi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Phi Lambda Rho
  • Psi Chi Omega
  • Rho Delta Chi
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Greeks Gone Green
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Rho Lambda

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 139 responses

  • 19% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 53% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 22% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 141 responses

  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 62% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 142 responses

  • 6% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 89% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 142 responses

  • 8% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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