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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know many people in the greek system, but they seem fine. Of course you will find really douchey guys and really stuck-up girls, but there are also down-to-earth people. It just depends on who you meet. What did you expect from the greek system?

3 College Senior

Greek Life: im not really sure about it

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm in a frat here and absolutely love it. One does not need to join one to have fun on campus. For me, I love the social and meeting new people aspect of Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't huge here yet a lot of people do participate. They do a lot of things within Greek life and it is a commitment. Greek housing is not v.ery nice, just classic apartments

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Definitely look into Greek life if you choose Pitt. It makes campus smaller and more welcoming. I came to Pitt from North Carolina, so I was expecting Greek life to be like it is in the South, but it's definitely not. Most non-Greeks don't knock those that choose to be Greeks because joining doesn't mean that you are isolated to the same group of people.

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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 147 responses

  • 16% 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.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 10% 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 147 responses

  • 9% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 53% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 27% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 11% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 147 responses

  • 27% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 38% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 10% No special housing is available.
  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 147 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 33% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.

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