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5 College Junior

Greek Life: It's great because it isn't like Greek life at state schools. It's very much participate-if-you-want. If you have no interest, that's fine, you don't need to have anything to do with it. But otherwise it's pretty fun and a good way to meet social people and get involved on campus with philanthropy events, etc. Sororities don't have houses.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life throws most of the parties and is very easy to get into, but still only a small fraction of the student population.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're looking for robust greek life, you probably won't get it at UChicago. Many first-years go to frat parties but after o-week you'll probably end up going to apartment parties or house (dorm) parties.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The University has a small Greek life comparatively. They host some events and are somewhat present.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The fraternities and sororities are honestly pretty benign. There are really diverse characters in greek life: LGBT people, different minorities, your atypical sorority girls. Differs from state school greek life in a big way, greek life is a welcome and fun presence on campus.


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While Greek life at the University of Chicago is relatively small, it is an incredibly positive force on campus. Greek life is definitely growing, and Greeks are very active on campus, especially with their philanthropy work. Some of the fraternities have houses, while none of the sororities do. However, many Greeks decide to live with their sisters or brothers, so there are apartments that are associated with specific groups. The group is tight-knit, and the organizations have a lot of interaction with each other. All of the Greek organizations participate in Greek Week during the spring quarter, and the members of the IFC (Interfraternity Council) and Panhel (Panhellenic Council) compete in "Sing" during the reading period of spring quarter. The Greek community is rapidly expanding, and new chapters are being colonized every year.

Greeks and non-Greeks are very friendly toward each other. There isn’t a clear or hostile distinction between the two. Non-Greeks come to all of the Greek philanthropy events and other activities on campus. Many of the fraternities host parties that the entire campus attends, too. As a whole, Greek life is a great opportunity to get more involved on campus if you’re interested, but if it’s not your thing, your world won’t be dominated by Greeks.

Facts & Statistics

Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
"Sing" is an interfraternal singing competition held during the spring quarter.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 70 responses

  • 9% 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.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 34% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 70 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 54% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 29% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 70 responses

  • 23% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 20% No special housing is available.
  • 53% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 70 responses

  • 29% Very easy.
  • 59% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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