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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek housing is available for both fraternities and sororities; however, only fraternities are allowed to have houses. Sororities are housed in a suite due to an outdated law in Pennsylvania which prohibits more than 10 girls living in one house because then it would be considered a brothel. Very sexist, I know.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus. I know that coming to college, I was completely against Greek life until my friends explored all the options with me. I am now a part of a service fraternity, and I'm so happy that I joined. Greek life is very involved on campus and throughout the community. Sororities and fraternities submit teams and participate in all the large events on campus such as Relay for Life and Pitt Dance Marathon. They also put on their own fundraising events such as Greek Sing.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Another key component to fulfilling the "successful" Pitt student image.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some greeks tend to stick to themselves and think of themselves as superior choosing not to interact much with non-greeks while other greeks think of their fraternity or sorority as a club that takes up some of their free time but should not take priority over school, jobs, and responsibilities and should not dictate social interactions. I am a non-greek but have many friends who are in greek life.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's just like high school all over again.

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Greek life is definitely visible on campus, and students are aware of its presence. It does not, however, dominate the social scene in any way. Many students who choose to go Greek do so under little or no pressure. There are plenty of Greek organizations to join on campus, and each is different and unique in its own way—there’s a lot of time to get to know them before deciding to pledge. Overall, the Greek community accounts for a very small percentage of students. Joining will obviously earn you some new friends and resources for entertainment and leadership; choosing not to join, though, shouldn’t have any effect on you at all. Many who are involved in the fraternities and sororities feel that Greek life is a rewarding opportunity, and have no regrets.

For those who don’t go Greek, many find they can still hang out with Greek friends, or attend functions and parties. It will be a little more difficult to get into parties if you’re a guy, but with all the house parties in the area, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. In everyday life, the Greek system is seen as just another part of campus, and there’s little to no tension between Greeks and non-Greeks.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
8%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
8%
Number of Fraternities
17
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lamda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Epsilon Phi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Theta Phi Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greek Week is the most popular Greek event, and it inspires a lot of competition between sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 234 responses

  • 12% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 71% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 14% 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 237 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 56% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 24% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 13% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 235 responses

  • 14% Very easy.
  • 60% Somewhat easy.
  • 25% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.

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