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It is commonly said among OU students that one must go Greek to have a social life on campus. While absolutely untrue, this statement gives an idea of the importance of sororities and fraternities. They are involved with every organization on campus, and more than 4,500 students are currently active members. For many, these organizations provide guidance throughout their careers at OU, and their alumni networks can prove beneficial when entering the workforce. Most important, however, are the friendships that are created within these organizations. They help bring together students with the same goals, interests, and attitudes, which in turn can help students smooth over the transition from high school to college, especially when they do not know any other students on campus.
Non-Greek students generally view Greeks with benign contempt. They see the Greek students as obnoxious, cliquey partiers. There are many exceptions, however, and it is very common for Greeks to be close friends with non-Greeks.