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College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are so many different types of frats and they're all different. Some Frats are huge, like Sigma Kappa, others are very small. Some have housing, some do not. It's hard to rate them all in one swift motion.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life here isn't very abundant and I wish that it was more popular

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know anything about Greek Life, so I am not entirely sure about this. I'm going off of conversations I've had with people. Frats throw parties on the weekends that are pretty populated. They do not let you in unless you know someone very well (as in brother of the president, or something similar), have a "good ratio"(which is the ratio between guys and girls. Guys aren't allowed in without at least 2 girls for every one of them) or try to bring a bunch of people. That being said, I've heard the parties are usually too crowded and thrown in a cramped attic or basement. Greek students are viewed no differently by non-Greek students. If you're in a frat or sorority, cool, if you're not, its not a big deal. I'm not sure about Greek housing. I think there are some frats and maybe sororities that have houses you can live in, but again, I'm not sure.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life on campus. From what I've seen, most of them hold fundraising or charity events year round. I DO know that the music fraternities and sororities are awesome and friendly.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are parties every weekend, without a doubt. Some of them are difficult to get into with out a large amount of girls though. I don't pay attention to the greek life other than that. People are constantly wearing their greek letters and there are a ton of people who rush. There are sororities for everyone, but not everyone gets accepted into one. All i know is there are a good amount of Frat houses and I've only ever seen a couple sorority houses. I am a non-greek and I can't even tell whether someone is greek or not, it's hard to tell unless their wearing their letters.

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Greek life doesn't dominate the UMass social scene, but it is a large part of it. Frat houses are generally viewed on campus as the party spots for most freshmen and some sophomores who don't know any upperclassmen with apartments where they can party. Although not an overwhelming part of campus, they host events and make their presence known. Some of the frats and sororities are very involved with the local community and school projects, and some are not. In general, fraternities are loved by many, but not by all. Sororities, with the exception of one, do not throw parties and are therefore held in higher regard than the fraternities. The sororities based on campus are known to be very involved with philanthropies and are involved in social events with both fraternities and other sororities. The Greek community is tight-knit, and students get as much out of it as they put in.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
6%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
4%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
6%
Freshman Women in Sororities
4%
Number of Fraternities
24
Number of Sororities
19
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Gamma
  • Delta Chi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Delta Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Iota Gamma Upsilon
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lamba Pi Chi
  • Omega Psi Delta
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Delta Xi Phi (MGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Phi Lambda (MGC)
  • Lambda Pi Chi (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Delta (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Pi Delta Psi (MGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon (MGC)
  • Sigma Psi Zeta (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 149 responses

  • 10% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 64% 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.
  • 23% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 148 responses

  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 41% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 3% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 148 responses

  • 30% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 9% No special housing is available.
  • 57% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 147 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 55% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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