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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at my school. Probably one of the biggest in the U.S. I personally am a non-Greek but I do know the pressures of many people on campus to want to be a part of it. It is very diverse and there is Greek housing available. Service fraternities are big as well.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The school definitely revolves around Greek life. Its all the the students can talk about in and out of class. Many people arent even recognized by their names but their sorority or fraternity. For example, Walking down the street, its common to see someone and say, "hey, theres an AGD"

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the biggest in the USA. Fraternities and Sororities at the university part-take in philanthropies held by other Greek organizations in order to raise money for charity and they also help with connecting students together.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Too much partying so decided not to go Greek

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm a proud brother of Chi Psi, and I love the gentlemen I surround myself with, but Greek life as a whole on campus tends to be very feudal.

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This campus is really into Greek life. Everywhere you go, you see frat houses and sorority houses, and you can't go outside without running into someone with their letters. For people who want to go Greek, this is good news, as it gives them so many options to choose from. For those who are hesitant about joining a frat or sorority, it may feel overwhelming, because it seems like everyone is in a house but you. In fact, one of the first questions most people will ask you is, "Are you in a house?" This does not mean that everyone is Greek. In fact, a large percentage of undergraduates are not, but it is still a very powerful force on campus. On Quad Day, these organizations spill out on the campus, searching for new recruits who want to rush.

However, there are also other clubs and groups that come out on Quad Day. Don't feel that you have to join the Greek system just to make friends, because nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, some people say that Greeks have fewer friends because they never try to meet people outside of their house. If you are into partying, you should know that having one of the biggest Greek systems in the country means more events and more craziness. On the other hand, you should also know that it means the campus can sometimes feel cliqueish when you first arrive. However, once you get to know people and find your niche, you will see that both Greeks and independents get along very well and have few conflicts.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
22%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
23%
Number of Fraternities
59
Number of Sororities
36
Fraternities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Alpha Iota Omicron
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Psi Lambda
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • FarmHouse
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Delta
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Psi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji)
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Rho Eta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Delta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • 4-H House
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Delta Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Alpha Omega
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Gamma Phi Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Tau Omega
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Delta Rho (UGC)
  • Alpha Iota Omicron (UGC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (BGC)
  • Alpha Psi Lambda (UGC)
  • Delta Kappa Delta
  • Gamma Alpha Omega (UGC)
  • Gamma Phi Omega (UGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (BGC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (UGC)
  • Lambda Tau Omega (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (UGC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (UGC)
  • Omega Phi Beta (UGC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (BGC)
  • Phi Rho Eta (BGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (BGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (UGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (UGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (BGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Black Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
  • United Greek Council
Did You Know?
The University of Illinois is among the top schools in the country in terms of pure volume of Greek organizations.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 342 responses

  • 69% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 21% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 10% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 341 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 39% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 23% 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.
  • 48% Somewhat easy.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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