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Greek Life

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is fun but not super big at USD. It really depends on what chapter you join.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love the Greek life on our campus. It allows for a community of people who wouldn't otherwise meet to do activities and interact socially. Our school is by no means a Greek campus, meaning there is no judgment toward those who do not want to join Greek life and they aren't pressured to do so either. We don't have greek housing on campus, however that doesn't affect the experience I have with my sorority, I actually prefer it to be this way.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Many of my friends are in Greek life and love it. The difference at our school is that you rush in Spring semester and many other schools start the rush process immediately in the Fall. Our school always requires high GPA's and your GPA highly affects whether or not you get into a certain fraternity or sorority. You need at least a 2.75 to even make it through the first day.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I just know them by the stereotypes and what type of parties they throw. Not really interested beyond that

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Approx. 34% of USD is Greek. It's a great way to meet a lot of people. Good for everything--parties, community service, etc. If you want a good social life you should join Greek life. Recruitment is in the spring for sororities and frats. It's not a big deal if you're non-Greek. No Greek housing (SD county law or something).

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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 149 responses

  • 34% 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.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 13% 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 150 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 52% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 148 responses

  • 4% Very easy.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 39% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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