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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have not really been involved with the greek life, but I have heard of the many different chapters that we have on campus for all kinds of people. There are chapters exclusively for those in science majors as well as many others.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a great time and growing at the U. I would definitely recommend rushing, it has made my experience at Minnesota so much more enriching and fun.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's really easy to get into a fraternity and sorority and many of them are involved in the community. Some do indeed throw parties much like the stereotypes. Many of these greeks live in a house near campus, but the houses are so run down. Some have parking spaces for either a car or moped. There are several different fraternities and sororities that will most likely suit anyone who wants to join one.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Im not in the Greek system, but most people who are not are sort of indifferent about them. They clearly host a great deal of parties and get-togethers for sporting events, etc. They all live on University Ave. mostly, and have their own houses. A few live in dedicated wings in 17th Avenue Residence Hall, but other than that they definitely have their own territory and region of campus. Some stereotypes associated with them, but nothing major.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: On campus, Greek life is a huge part of the social life. Most people join one group or another so they can fit. Most of my friends are joining or have joined Greek life.


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Greek life is a great way to get involved at the U of M and make connections with people. But due to the size of the U, the Greek life does not dominate the campus. The most prominent area to witness Greek life is on "frat row," where most of the fraternity houses are. This is also the place where on any weekend, one can find crazy, loud, and often drunk people enjoying themselves in parties spilling out to the sidewalks. It is a typical Greek life system, although many rules are enforced for the security of the students. Besides being a traditional Greek system, a lot of emphasis is put on volunteer work, charities, high academic standards, and representing the University in a positive light. Most of the fraternities and sororities have a philanthropy they support via hosting events or taking part in community involvement and other University activities. There is a Greek league for intramural sports. Sororities and fraternities are paired up in groups for Homecoming and Spring Jam (music weekend close to the end of the school year), and they participate in various activities such as dance-offs, cheer contests, and tug of war, to name a few. Some fraternities and sororities have specifications for members. For example, Alpha Epsilon Pi is an all-Jewish fraternity. There are some non-Greek communities, for example, such as a "sorority" for women in the engineering field.

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great idea to fit in at the U and make lifelong connections, but it is not the only option to do so. Greek life is a part of campus life, but it is not the exclusive way to have "the college experience." Many viable options are available, and Greek life is one of them.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • FarmHouse
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Nu Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Pi
  • Triangle Fraternity
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Sigma Kappa
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Delta Phi
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Junior Panhellenic Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has lions as one of their symbols. It is said that the fraternity changes the colors of the lion when one of its members accomplishes something.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 208 responses

  • 25% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 60% 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.
  • 12% 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 208 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 51% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 210 responses

  • 68% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 23% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 209 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 27% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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