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Greek Life

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You don't have to join a sorority or a fraternity to party but it is nice to be a part of something bigger.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek housing available on campus. Greek life here seems to be a lot about the social aspect: meeting new people, making connections and friends. Greek life has tons of parties off campus, and it's pretty inclusive to people who just want to show up.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I just joined a sorority and I have enjoyed being with my sisters so much as they have brought me such a sense of belonging. The recruitment process was very hard for me and somewhat extensive, but when they say "trust the system because it will put you where you belong," they are 100% right. I ended up in a sorority that was not one that I had initially wanted to be in but I couldn't be happier now.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know a lot about Greek life at USD and cannot comment.

2 College Student

Greek Life: Remember the high school cafeteria cliques? Raise their age by a few years and you have USD's greek life.

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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 138 responses

  • 33% 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 139 responses

  • 12% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 137 responses

  • 4% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 41% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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