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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of a sorority, I found that my sorority was somewhere where I fit in. I wasn't pressured into joining greek life. I just was exploring my options and found the right sorority for me. There are different councils and different types of fraternities and sororities. Sometimes, as a greek, you have to hold yourself to a higher standard because of the views of others, but for the most part, life is great at Umich as a non-greek or as a greek.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life here is stratified with people in houses with better reputations constantly fighting to be seen as the "coolest" or "hottest". There isn't actually much of a difference between any of the sororities. We've had a lot of Greek life scandals recently with few consequences for some of the houses, though others have gotten kicked off.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have not been a part of greek life, I've been to parties, some fun, others horrible. you can often have parties guys are declined to enter, or even non-greeks are declined to enter.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There seems to be two different types of Greek Life on campus, the D9 Greeks and the "regular" Greeks. I think Greek life is fine, but there is obvious discrimination against the D9 Greeks, less funding and the treatment isn't the same so it needs more work.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life seems to be a big part of the school and something that people are very passionate about.


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Approximately 20 percent of Michigan students participate in Greek life. The Greek community is made up of four councils: the Panhellenic Association for sororities, the Multicultural Greek Council for multicultural organizations, the National Pan-Hellenic Council for African American organizations, and the Interfraternity Council for fraternities. Michigan is also home to a number of coed pre-professional fraternities, which offer resources, academic assistance, and social outlets for students with similar post-graduate goals. Michigan's Greek community is certainly not just a social scene, nor is it the only social scene on campus. Some fraternities throw parties, which tend to be open to all students. Many Greek members live in their respective chapter houses by their sophomore year. Although certainly not necessary, members of the Greek community find that it is a great way to fulfill a well-rounded college experience: participating in community service, increasing your opportunities for leadership positions, and of course, making lifelong friends.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Gamma Pi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Tau Lambda
  • Delta Theta Psi
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Sigma Chi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Tau Lambda
  • Delta Theta Psi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Gamma Pi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Sigma Chi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Association
Did You Know?
  • Each year, the Greek community puts on Greek Week, which is a week-long philanthropic event with various competitions between teams of Greek organizations. There is a "Mr. Greek Week" competition, as well as Greek Sing and Variety competitions that pack Hill Auditorium.
  • Fraternities and sororities pair up each spring for their "pre-parties" the following fall, which take place at fraternity houses before each Michigan home football game. Don't be surprised if you're dancing to music and drinking beer at 9 a.m. on a football Saturday. It's a Michigan tradition.
  • Many fraternities and sororities have lavish formals that often take place as far away as Chicago and Toronto for an entire weekend.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 269 responses

  • 56% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 36% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 5% 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.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 272 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 41% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 270 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 46% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.


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