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Greek Life

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are very sociable and friendly to the non-Greeks.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not interested in Greek life. The people I know in professional fraternities seem to be benefitting from them but otherwise the social ones just throw parties.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's sort of dying and two frat houses have been shut down last year.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: My school is known quite well for its greek life. Some fraternities and sororities stick pretty well to what you would expect the quintessential sorority/fraternity to be like while others break the mold. There is most definitely something for everybody. However, if you choose not to join the greek system, your social life will most definitely not be different in that there are still very many ways to easily place yourself in social settings.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Non-greeks view greek students more for there parties and social reputation than anything. I wish students would look at the community service that greek organizations do rather than drinking.

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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 341 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 341 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.
  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 341 responses

  • 11% Very easy.
  • 45% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

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