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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life, aside from rushing and recruiting, is all off campus. Due to this, if you hate the party scene it's generally removed from you and the campus. The students that are involved don't usually pressure others to join too harshly unless they express interest in rushing. They're kind and friendly.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Again, I am not part of any clubs of the sort so I can;t accurately give a good description of what they are like. However, they are constantly trying to get new members which I think is admirable.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They throw great parties but other then that I do not know much about greek life.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life livens up the atmosphere on campus, but tend to be cliquey.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Only second-hand knowledge, acquaintances like it


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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 246 responses

  • 18% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 57% 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.
  • 20% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 246 responses

  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 22% 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 249 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 34% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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