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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: 15% of students are involved in Greek Life on campus. If you want to be a part of it, you can be. I'm not and although sometimes I wish I was, I'm happy with my decision. Anyone I know who is involved with it loves it. Greek housing is usually made up of houses on Frat Row or surrounding area locations. I have friends who live in Greek houses and love that as well. It's not for me though.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's not a big deal; you can participate if you want to.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not know much about it because im not involved in it but have friends who are and they seem to like it.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's the best. We have many differetn fraternities and sororities on campus.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: A lot of people at UMD are involved in Greek Life.

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There is a perception by many students on Maryland’s campus that the Greek community is overbearing, but in reality, not a huge percentage of students actually “go Greek.” The perceived dominance of fraternities and sororities on campus may simply be based on effective and assertive marketing techniques, which tend to include promotions via word of mouth, relationship-building, and basic Greek pride. Furthermore, a majority of the town bar patrons may in fact be Greek students simply because many of them like to socialize there, and College Park only has a few bars. More than ever, Greek students could be invading the bars more frequently because of the University's restrictions on parties on Fraternity Row and beyond.

Having the opportunity to experience “rush” on campus is special to some Terps, as it provides an easy way to quickly get involved and immersed in Maryland life. Greek life offers a way to experience diversity, friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service without having to reinvent the wheel. Buckle up, though—going Greek requires a commitment, and you can’t become president of a fraternity overnight.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
13%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
10%
Number of Fraternities
32
Number of Sororities
24
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Nu Omega (coed)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Gamma Phi Sigma
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Nu Eta
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Theta Gamma
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Lambda Xi
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Nu Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Theta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Gamma Phi Sigma
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Lambda Xi
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Nu Eta
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Association (PHA)
  • United Greek Council (UGC)

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 230 responses

  • 37% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 55% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 4% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 229 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 230 responses

  • 77% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 231 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 45% Somewhat easy.
  • 47% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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