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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As non-Greek, I see Greek life as superficial, as do many other non-Greeks. The idea of being in a fraternity/sorority seems great since one builds connections, does a lot of community work, gains leadership experience, and has a large group of friends, but since it is costly I feel as if it is simply "buying" all of these benefits. Overall, there is not a social separation between Greeks and non-Greeks at my school, but when it comes to parties and appearing to be snobby, I think there is a bit of tension between the two groups.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Depending on whom you speak to, Greek life is one of the many things students look forward to. The Greek create the easiest areas for students to become more social. If you are not a person who likes to openly talk to others and with no hesitation, many students use Greek events for this reason. A lot of the Greek are very friendly but can be a little uptight sometimes. But they are all generally nice people who enjoy meeting people as much as you would.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Those frat guys are so cool, though some of them are naughty.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but the people I have met who are in Greek life enjoy it very much. However, they are mostly known for their parties by non-Greeks. They're many houses near campus dedicated to Greek life.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It is not a big deal if you are not into the Greek life. And the school does not revolve around Greek life.

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Only a small percentage of UCSB students chooses to go Greek. It seems that since Santa Barbara is full of other ways to have a social life and to make friends, fewer people turn to the Greek system. Even though the percentage of UCSB students in Greek life is small, Greek students definitely have a voice and presence in Isla Vista and on campus. The Greek system has undergone a lot of changes in its bureaucracy and conduct rules to the point that, as organizations, they are held to stricter conduct rules than the rest of UCSB students. Still, it’s another opportunity to take advantage of and can be a great part of your college experience if you choose to join.

Rush is also a good way to transition into college and to meet lots of people right away as a freshman. UCSB’s sororities have a rush program that is less strenuous than at other universities with very high Greek percentages. However, there is a fee to participate in the recruitment process. Overall, remember that students can make lots of friends and have social opportunities without going Greek.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
8%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
6%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
13%
Freshman Women in Sororities
13%
Number of Fraternities
18
Number of Sororities
22
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi Omega
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Nu Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Rho
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Chi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Delta Theta
  • Gamma Zeta Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Zeta
  • Sigma Chi Omega
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Theta Nu Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Phi Rho
Other Greek Organizations
  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • United Fraternity & Sorority Council
Did You Know?
Each fraternity and sorority house puts on a philanthropic event that gives to some charity. It is a good way for house members to bond and give back to the community.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 329 responses

  • 32% 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.
  • 9% 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 329 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 32% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 329 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 44% Somewhat easy.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

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