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3 College Junior

Greek Life: As a member of Greek society myself, I know quite a bit on this subject. The facilities [the Greek houses] are run-down and old. Most of them aren't properly cared for and need a lot of work. It is difficult to get the work done however, because the houses are owned by the university. If members want things fixed, they have to go through the university and get an approval for everything that they want to do. There are also many non-greek members of campus who disagree with some of the Greek practices. A major issue in the last couple of years has been focused around the LGBT community and sex identification. As far as I know, there is some work being done to fix this but I have yet to see any real follow through. It's been a disappointing experience so far and if you are looking for a real Greek life experience, I don't think you'll find it here.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want it but you don't have to.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a huge fan of Greek life, but they throw awesome parties and do a lot to help the community. It's not a huge thing to be in a frat or sorority as a student, but about 40% are involved. Freshmen, however, are not allowed at Greek parties during their first semester, as a school policy.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in a sorority and I like it a lot. It is big on our campus but it is fine to not be in Greek life. No one is treated any differently. It is very safe on our campus at well, there is no hazing aloud.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Freshman Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Freshman Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Pi Beta Phi
Did You Know?
There used to be accessible tunnels under the Greek houses connecting them, including an underground cafeteria, but they have been closed off due to safety issues. They only use it to cook for Luau.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 33 responses

  • 30% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 42% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 27% 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 34 responses

  • 3% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 74% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 9% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 15% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 33 responses

  • 79% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 0% No special housing is available.
  • 21% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 34 responses

  • 21% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 29% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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