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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I really appreciated greek life at USC. Being a member of a sorority has allowed me to make a big school feel smaller by becoming part of the greek community. Although I do not feel that greek life is all-consuming (I have friends outside of greek life), it definitely provides a great community atmosphere which I love. I am not a typical sorority girl and was skeptical of rushing at USC because I thought it would be a bunch of superficial southern Californians. I was surprised by the geographic diversity and devotion to academics & community service that I found in greek life. The all-row average GPA is consistently higher than the all-USC undergraduate average GPA.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome - great way to make connections.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very exclusive. Douchey. It's all frats are about.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life, but it seems fun.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is extremely expensive and some frats haze fairly badly. All frats are extremely exclusive and hostile towards other guys and creepy towards women.

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The general consensus on Greek life at USC is two sided. Greek students can hardly imagine not having rushed, pledged, and joined a house, while most non-Greek students feel impartial about fraternities and sororities. Fraternities have a better reputation among non-Greek students than do sororities, probably because fraternities throw parties on a weekly basis, while sorority houses are never open for parties. Guys aren’t allowed into girls’ rooms.

Socializing on the Row goes on at fraternities. Girls in the same house tend to stick together, and in turn, get a reputation for being snobby. The Greek system is much like a high school with its various social cliques and constant gossip, but it is also the most distinguished social network that USC has ever had. Greek students are partly misunderstood and mislabeled by non-Greek students, as are non-Greeks by Greeks. The truth is, some students partake for the right reasons, just as some students avoid joining for the wrong reasons. As far as Greek systems go, USC is one of the best around. The pledge processes at different houses range from being peaceful to violent, long to short, educational to recreational, good to bad. No matter what a student is looking for, they will find it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Omega
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Gamma Nu
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Epsilon Omega
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Delta Alpha
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Phi Rho
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Kappa
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Phi Kappa
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Omega Phi Beta
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Sigma Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Asian Greek Council
  • Diversity Encouragement Council (DEC)
  • Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • InterGreek Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Once a year, the fraternities and sororities participate in a musical competition called Songfest.
  • Will Ferrell is a brother of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and occasionally stops by to visit.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 167 responses

  • 63% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 25% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 7% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 5% 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 168 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 33% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 32% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 24% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 168 responses

  • 85% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 6% No special housing is available.
  • 7% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 168 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 36% Somewhat easy.
  • 51% Somewhat difficult.
  • 7% Very difficult.
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