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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge, but I've never seen the point. It gets stereotyped by non-Greeks, but usually for good reason.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a freshman, it was intimidating going through rush, but it gets easier and in the end it's all worth it. The week goes quick and I definitely couldn't see myself going non-greek after rushing.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life rules Ole Miss. If you're not in it you're left out of everything. wherever you go, on campus or off, the first question someone asks you is what Greek organization you are affiliated with.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Love my sorority and love all the fraternities too.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not actually in a sorority, but a lot of my friends are so I can speak a little bit about it. There are plenty of events to keep you busy if you are Greek, so be sure you're willing to spend a lot of time with your fraternity/sorority. You will meet a lot of people if you join because you'll always be at swaps and events. People will tell you you need to be Greek if you go to Ole Miss, but speaking from a female stand point I would say that isn't true. You'll still be able to go to parties and have fun if you aren't in a sorority. It's all a matter of what you want.

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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 121 responses

  • 60% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 20% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 17% 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 120 responses

  • 18% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 18% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 109 responses

  • 87% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 5% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 7% No special housing is available.
  • 1% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 120 responses

  • 10% Very easy.
  • 28% Somewhat easy.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 20% Very difficult.

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