UPS students who are members of the Greek system are very loyal to their chapters. There is a mixed reaction to the Greek system by those students who choose not to join. Some who are not involved in the Greek system swear against it. Others can appreciate the fact that their friends chose to rush and are supportive of their decisions. Fortunately, there is not a strong division between Greeks and independents on campus. Some students recognize the Greek presence, and some do not. It really just depends on what you are into. Greeks are definitely visible on campus. However, their presence is different here than on many other college campuses. The Greek chapters do a lot of community service projects, reaching out to many underprivileged children in Tacoma and nearby Seattle. Greeks here have their share of fun, as well, hosting some of the largest parties on campus.
The Greek community at UPS has been decreasing in size over the past 10 years. Under the direction of President Pierce, the University purchased all of the Greek housing, so it is now owned and regulated by the school. The school also employs a delayed rush, so students must spend at least a semester on campus to get a chance to see the reputations of each Greek organization before committing to join one of them. This is also a way to make sure that freshmen stay focused on their academics.