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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not think very highly of those in fraternities or sororities, especially the non-ethnic fraternities. Too much has come to light regarding their racism, and sexism, and it makes me wholly uncomfortable. I do my best to avoid the people in fraternities and their parties.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: So much fun, great way to get involved.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats throw good parties and guys' social life is strongly affected by if they are in a frat. It doesn't make much of a difference for girls social life and sororities don't get houses. The good frats are SigChi, SAE, Sammy, SigEp, and Pike (underground currently). The good sororities are DG, SDT, DPhiE, and Zeta.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know that no sorority has a house, and the fraternities that I know of have very annoying guys in them. The sororities seem a bit better, but as a whole, I have a somewhat negative view of Greeks for their behavior and character.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I did not pledge as I am a graduate student, but I do see some great community service going on within some of the Greek organizations.


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Greek life is not a disruptive force on campus, but it is sizeable enough to make a difference. Although UM does not have the massive Greek system in place at some universities, there are plenty of fraternities and sororities for students to choose from. If you want to stay away from Greek life, you won't have to try hard at UM. The fraternity houses are lined on a road on the edge of campus, and the sorority and fraternity suites are in a building in a quiet part of UM. If not for the letter shirts seen around school, non-Greek students could easily forget that there are even fraternities and sororities at UM. But behind the scenes, the Greek system here is very important.

The social aspect of Greek life is present at UM, but is not overwhelming. The fraternities host parties occasionally at their houses, but UM's real social scene can be found at the bars and clubs in Miami. For the most part, Greeks hang out with other Greeks. The fraternities and sororities compete against each other in intramurals and Homecoming events, as well as a yearly competition called Greek Week. There is certainly a bond that exists between members of the Greek community, as well as a strong sense of pride and competition with other Greek organizations. If you've been studying episodes of MTV's Fraternity Life in preparation for college, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you want a Greek system that is quiet but still important, you will like UM's.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Epsilon Psi
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Epsilon Psi (MGC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (MGC)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Association of Greek Letter Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Latino Greek Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Order of Omega
  • Rho Lambda
Did You Know?
  • The 26 percent of students who are Greek hold 85 percent of the campus leadership positions.
  • UM has a strict anti-hazing policy and monitors all Greek organizations during rush and pledge period.
  • Most UM fraternities and sororities participate in two major competitions per year. In the fall, there's Homecoming, when the organizations battle for victory by attending volunteer events, building floats, and staging skits called Organized Cheer. The big event of the spring is Greek Week, when similar events are held, along with more sports-oriented games and contests.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 137 responses

  • 36% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 53% 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.
  • 8% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 136 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 47% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 138 responses

  • 38% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 29% No special housing is available.
  • 30% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 137 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 47% Somewhat easy.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.


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