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Greek Life


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4 College Senior

Greek Life: For girls, it's easy to not miss out on much if you do not join a sorority; you can still easily attend Greek parties and other social functions. For guys, it's harder to attend Greek events if you do not have a couple friends in the respective fraternity.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you're not Greek, it seems like you're non-existent sometimes.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't have a large opinion on Greek-life since I haven't join it. I know many people in Greek-life and I have heard many encouraging things from it, including the engineering coed fraternities and sororities helping students in tutoring and career success. I don't plan on joining, but Greeks and non-Greeks coexists very easily.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Even though Greek life is pretty big on campus, many do not have strong feelings towards it. Greek life has great housing options, especially in Fraternity Row. In addition, Fraternities and sororities have satellite housing that is fairly cheaper than on-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is well incorporated into the school and its school spirit but it is not terribly looked down upon if you choose to not join 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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 355 responses

  • 37% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% 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.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 354 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 19% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 356 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 46% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.


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