For some students at UC, Greek life is a big part of their college career. However, compared to other universities, UC Greek life is not as widespread and prominent, and while the University has plenty of fraternities and sororities, being a part of one is not a big deal. You can join one if you like, but there are plenty of other groups and clubs to join if you want to meet new people and get involved. The Greek houses are nice for those who choose to live in them, but it may not be the best place if you're looking for some peace and quiet—especially on the weekends. If socializing is important, however, it may be something worth looking into. Most fraternities and sororities hold events together, so Greek members are able to meet Greeks in houses other than their own, so because of this, they tend to stick together as a community. The organizations are really involved in the Cincinnati community as well, so they tend to get a little more respect—they aren't just all about partying.
In most cases, non-Greeks can befriend people who are involved in fraternities and sororities and get into their parties and social events without having to pay all the membership fees. Though some students in Greek life are stuck-up, most are down to earth and treat non-Greeks with respect. There is not a huge divide between Greeks and other students—most non-Greeks just tend to do their own thing.