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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of greek life at UMaine I can say that it is without a doubt one of the best choices I have made since coming here. I have learned so many useful skills and made so many friends in so many organizations.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The only experience I've had with the Greek system was one party at the worst frat on campus, and I can seen why it was the worst. The house sucked and it was way too crowded. The sororities don't get their own houses so most of them hold meetings in dorm basements, which seems totally unfair to me.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Being a member of Greek life, I love it. Non-Greeks are always surprised when I tell them I'm in a sorority. The stigma about Greek life is you either love it or hate it, but generally those that hate it don't understand it. We're a community within a fairly large and dynamic university and at the end of the day, we stand by each other. Fraternity houses have taken a bit of a beating due to parties and only one sorority has a house on campus - the others have chapter rooms beneath dorms and a second sorority has a building at OT which most sisters live in. I'd highly recommend Greek life at UMaine to anyone; there's a place for everyone to feel at home and living with my sisters for a year was among the best experiences of my life!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: i dont like greek life cause im an athlete. but they have good parties.


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For many students, Greek life is not something they are interested in becoming a part of. The organizations are not only dwindling in the number of members, but in overall appeal to new students entering UMaine. A recent spike in participation over the past couple years made it appear that Greek life was entering a new phase of development at UMaine. The uninspiring results of recruitment efforts have leveled the number of participants to around the same place it was for years before—just under 10 percent overall participation. Some fraternities have upward of 60 members, with an overall average between 20 to 30 members in each organization. The sororities have a cap of 50 members, at which point they cannot recruit until sisters defer or graduate. Members of Greek-letter organizations are proud of their contributions, houses, and loyalty to their membership.

The organizations are dedicated to the ideals of achievement, athletics, friendship, leadership, and scholarship. However, it doesn't fool other students from realizing which organizations stick to the ideals and which organizations hide behind them. Everyone quickly becomes familiar with the organizations that are dedicated to service and those that are dedicated to partying. For those interested in Greek life, it is suggested that they take time and review several organizations before making a commitment to one. Many members of fraternities and sororities leave college knowing that they have made a significant contribution through their efforts with their Greek letters.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Iota Nu Kappa
  • Kappa Delta Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Eta Kappa
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Rho Epsilon
  • Delta Zeta
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Intrafraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Even with a small Greek life population, the organizations still maintain a highly visible role on campus and in campus events.
  • Both the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, in addition to the University of Maine System, have very stringent policies against hazing within any organization. Hazing is broadly defined as the emotional, mental, or physical degradation, discomfort, or humiliation of another individual. All new members of Greek-letter organizations must read and sign an informational sheet about hazing with the Greek Life Office after selecting an organization to join.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 81 responses

  • 38% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 49% 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.
  • 10% 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 81 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 82 responses

  • 46% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 13% No special housing is available.
  • 40% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 80 responses

  • 21% Very easy.
  • 64% Somewhat easy.
  • 15% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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