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Greek Life

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not many are big fans of Greek life on campus, except those in greek life. The whole institution is very problematic (cliquey, snobby, self-important). They really are only good for the parties they throw.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life affects the social atmosphere in a number of positive and negative ways. The positive ways would be the consistent community involvement for those who are less fortunate than themselves. Making themselves available for mentoring opportunities.

The negative would the unnecessary/disregard for persons or groups that are different from their own. Hazing is definitely an unnecessary process and leads to the acceptance of a dysfunctional behavior. This behavior tends to lead the more aggressive person to use Bullying tactics as opposed to cohesive behavior.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I hesitate to stereotype, but quite often the students at USC live up to negative Greek life stereotypes. There's much progress that needs to be made in terms of diversity and acceptance in Greek life on campus, but there are a few fraternities/sororities that seem okay.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty cool at usc. My friends who are in sororities are just normal girls; one of my friends is a Chemical Engineering major and the other is a Public Policy, Planning and Development major. They have big dreams and are intelligent, unlike the stereotype. However, they know how to have fun.

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4 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is an integral part of campus with about 20% people a part of it

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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
18%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
21%
Number of Fraternities
31
Number of Sororities
21
Fraternities
  • 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
Sororities
  • 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 256 responses

  • 67% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 21% 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.
  • 4% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 257 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 35% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 31% 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 257 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 39% Somewhat easy.
  • 49% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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