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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Again there are still issues with integration here but as a member of a sorority on campus it has given me many opportunities to network and experience new things and people but it is not social suicide if you don't join

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, but there are certain frats or sororities that think they're above everyone else, which can get annoying. Each Greek organization has its own reputation on campus and that feeds into the feeling of being superior or inferior to others around campus. The parties are usually good, and as a non-Greek you can get in as long as you know someone and have a high girl:guy ratio.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life has a pretty strong effect on the social atmosphere of campus. A lot of the social events and crowds you surround yourself in revolve around parties and events. School is already a pretty small campus, so the Greek community is relatively tight-knit with each other. Although one does not have to be a part of Greek life to have fun, one would be able to have more relationships and opportunities to meet more people.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am currently a freshman and rushing the fraternities at Penn is socially rewarding and fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Won't know much about it

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Many students, Greek and non-Greek alike, make a weekly habit of visiting frat houses for some good old-fashioned college fun. On big party weekends, like Spring Fling, there could be over 20 parties to choose from in one night. The number of fraternities, the individual personality of each one, and the frequency with which parties occur gives Penn students a choice of gatherings including everything, from loud and exciting, to small and personal.

Although becoming involved in the Greek system at Penn can be a rewarding and memorable experience, it rarely monopolizes the sisters' and brothers' social lives. At Penn, members of fraternities and sororities have friends outside of their organization, and many of them (more-so in sororities) do not live in the house. Subsequently, these students remain well-rounded and do not isolate themselves from the rest of campus, making the Greek system something everyone can benefit from whether they choose to become affiliated with it or not.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
30%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
26%
Number of Fraternities
35
Number of Sororities
16
Fraternities
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Phi (St. Elmo's)
  • Delta Psi (St. Anthony's Hall)
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Nu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Kappa
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Bicultural Inter-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 65 responses

  • 51% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 3% 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 64 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 58% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 52 responses

  • 69% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 29% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 64 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 48% Somewhat easy.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.

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