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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I did not participate in it. It however is very large and a lot of people do. They do do a lot of great things for the community and provide a network for later in life.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Way too much emphasis on Greek life. I am in a sorority, and I love it, but within the organization there is drama and it is definitely not what I expected when I decided to rush. There is generally plenty of housing, especially when living in the house. Non-Greeks sometimes look down on Greeks and vice versa, the sense of equality is lacking.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not to interested in this.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love my sorority (Chi Omega), and all the great opportunities it has provided me, such as: expanding my social circle, getting more involved on campus, introduced countless volunteer/service events, etc. Of course not everyone is cut out to be involved in the Greek system, but it truly is worth considering. In my personal opinion, the only downside to Greek Life at Ole Miss is only the large size it has become. When you have 500+ girls in one organization, it becomes much harder to get to know everyone.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life allows you to get involved in something. They are large enough for you to be able to find someone similar to you in your pledge class. Every greek organization has an awesome house with food every weekday!

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Greek life at Ole Miss isn’t just another organization—it’s a way of life. The Greeks on campus aren’t just partiers who go out all the time; they’re in all the clubs and religious organizations, on the Student Programming Board, and busy with volunteering and conducting fundraisers. They’re basically everywhere, and they’re involved all over campus and in the city. The parties are great, but they’re only a small part of Greek life. The majority of a Greek student’s time is spent on rush practice, meetings, committees, study hall, and volunteering. Most Greek organizations require each member to earn a certain amount of points each semester through service hours and attendance at campus-wide lectures. Each fraternity and sorority has different rules to abide by, but almost all have some sort of academic policy that you must sign.

If your parents are dubious about you joining one of these organizations, tell them about these positive aspects of the Greek system. If you’re even remotely thinking about going Greek, many students will tell you that it’s fun and you’ll meet tons of people. If you decide you’re not sure you want to commit to something that serious and time consuming, wait a year. You can always rush as a sophomore. Remember to be open-minded and don’t dislike people because they’re in a fraternity or a sorority—but don’t be friends with people just because they’re in one, either.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
32%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
34%
Number of Fraternities
19
Number of Sororities
13
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Psi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha (suspended until spring 2010)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Psi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 133 responses

  • 62% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 18% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 16% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 132 responses

  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 39% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 26% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 132 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 30% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 19% Very difficult.

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