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1 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm a transfer and always wanted to join Greek life and finally joined a sorority, but the Greek life here at USD is a complete joke. The Formal Recruitment process is terrible and the sororities are just looking for people that match "their image" and are NOT about their "values" or anything about Sisterhood at all. It is so disappointing because I wanted a real sorority/Greek life experience but will never have that here at USD. All of the sorority chapters secretly hate each other and look down or exclude non-Greeks. The top sororities look down on the average sororities or the lower tier sororities. They easily make these lesser popular chapters or non-Greeks feel excluded and come off as "I'm better than you" which is terrible because there is no Sisterhood at all. Even the women within the individual chapters are not real friends and don't even really know each other or are cliquey within their own sororities. It's sad because this is not what Greek life is all about.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Typical blonde rich snobby girls for most of it. Some sorority's actually do good in our community, others are just the easy ones. Frats just focus on parties tbh.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Despite what people say, greek life is great here! Chapters can be Somewhat selective in recruitment but it's a great time once you are in it.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is not as big as it is at other schools. You definitely see a lot of people joining, but people won't treat you differently if you don't.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Its fun and I thought I would never join and I did

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Greek life does have a strong presence on campus, with one quarter of the student body in a sorority or fraternity. However, because formal recruitment is in the spring, freshmen develop friendships prior to joining a fraternity or sorority, and maintain those friendships throughout their four years. Also, because there is no Greek housing on campus, members of different chapters can room together and with students unaffiliated with Greek life. All of the chapters interact, and very few people, if any, have close friends only from their chapter.

All of this fosters a strong sense of inclusion on campus. Non-Greek members come to philanthropy and social events put on by fraternities and sororities, and the sororities and fraternities are all mostly respected by the campus community for their service and commitment to building sisterhood and brotherhood. Overall, Greek life at USD is popular, but no one is treated any differently based on their decision to rush or not.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
18%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
30%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
5
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Sigma Theta Psi
Multicultural Colonies
Sigma Theta Psi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 100 responses

  • 35% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 49% 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.
  • 15% 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 101 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 11% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 28% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 100 responses

  • 2% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 5% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 90% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 99 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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