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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek life, but I do go to the parties thrown by frats

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life because it is for the undergrads but I do know that they parties are very popular. There are traditional Ivy League fraternities and sororities who get great historical housing and other benefits.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being a non-greek, I only appreciate it for the parties they throw.. but even then, I didn't really go much after second semester of freshman year. Especially for women, the greek life promotes cliques and female-female competition. The way most, but not all, sororities are picked is through where you're from, who your family is, money, and physical attractiveness. People seem to be obsessed with what greek group you're in. I've been visibly looked down on when I get asked and say I'm unaffiliated, even by guys trying to hit on me. Despite this, there are some business, service, and cultural frats that seem great. The Panhellenic system is to blame here.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus; about 40-50% of students are in Greek organizations. I am not part of Greek life, and I have a somewhat negative view towards it. It greatly affects the social atmosphere on campus and creates cliques. The organizations are not very diverse as I have heard that they choose members based on appearance during the rushing process. Many organizations seems very superficial and snobby, and only want a certain type of people to join.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the social atmosphere of campus.

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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 82 responses

  • 51% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 41% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 80 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 55% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 31% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 81 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 40% Somewhat difficult.
  • 5% Very difficult.

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