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Greek Life

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I had the opportunity to join Greek life but I turned it down due to the treatment I received when trying to get my bid.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is decent some greek life you have to find but if you do your research and get out you can be sure to find the one that fits you perfectly.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think Greek life would be better at the University of South Carolina if all the panhellenic sororities and fraternities had houses on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The majority of the sororities and fraternities on campus promote ideals that have nothing to do with furthering ones education. Recently many have been either disbanded or temporarily shut down due to reports of hazing, alcohol/drug abuse, and student's being injured during functions. The non-Greek student population have a very negative outlook on those that choose to be a part of it, creating a social divide between the two. This tension between the groups is mounting, to the point where non-Greeks are fighting against the system while individuals who are a part of Greek Life are acting out even more in retaliation against the rest of the student population. It can be said however that our sororities, holistically, provide a large amount of money to charities through their various social events and volunteer work.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't care about Greek life. It's not for me.

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Greeks are a minority at USC (about 27 percent of the student body), but since those involved are very vocal and visible in representing their organization, Greek life seems a lot more prominent on campus. The addition of lavish Greek housing on campus seems to have increased the number of recruits. Most students agree that Greek life constitutes a major part of the social scene, but does not dominate it. If you want Greek life to dominate your social life, it can, but it doesn’t have to. Apart from this, students who are not Greek have the opportunity to meet plenty of friends and get involved in activities that are not Greek-related.

All of the Greek societies sponsor some sort of community service. They also organize formals, participate in intramural sports, and have mixers where they get together with other societies. The cost of joining a society can be pretty expensive—in terms of both money and time—but most find the experience worth it. There are also the coed Greek service fraternities and honor societies, which are less expensive to join and focus more on academics and community service rather than partying. These societies usually have inductions in the spring because qualification depends on grades from the first semester. Whether it’s a social, service, or academic society, Greek life is bustling at USC, and it’s constantly expanding and improving.
 

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
14%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
15%
Number of Fraternities
20
Number of Sororities
15
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Theta Delta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Iota Alpha
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Sigma Chi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Sigma Beta Rho (MGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Iota Alpha (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
  • Zeta Sigma Chig (MGC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Fraternity Council
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Omega Phi Alpha
  • Sorority Council
  • Tau Beta Sigma
Did You Know?
  • The combined average cost for students' first year in a fraternity or sorority is $1,250.
  • Average GPA for fraternities is 3.09, and the average for sororities is 3.40.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 237 responses

  • 54% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 32% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 11% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 3% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 242 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 43% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 16% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 30% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 241 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.

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