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College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek Life so I can't give a rating, but there are tons and tons of houses, letters, and people involved. It's a really big community, one of the biggest at UT, but still not the majority of students.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks are so rude to non-Greeks they are very bitchy all the time

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very big at my school. That being said there are also a large majority of people who are not involved in Greek life. I would say the Greek Community is very exclusive over all, and I wish they would branch out and meet others who are not involved in Greek life. You can always tell the Greeks from the Non-Greeks. The Greeks make it known they are in a sorority or fraternity and walk in packs. A majority of the sorority girls and guys live in the Chapter Houses, as it is very popular here. The houses are beautiful and big and there are more than twelve Greek houses here at my school.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally involved but the process is very stressing. During rushing period they throw really great parties.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: A lot of people are in Greek life (you can tell by the big shirts & salmon shorts), but it's definitely not necessary to be in one if you want to have a good college experience. They seem a little cliquey, but overall are fine. West Campus is filled with the Greek housing, so there's that.

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Greek Life is not the focal point of this University's social life. However, going Greek is definitely a worthwhile choice to make. If you do choose to pledge, there are many benefits. Being Greek gives students a wonderful opportunity to meet people. Being in a fraternity or sorority allows students to make bonds that they will have for life. The Greek system also gives its members the opportunity to make great contacts that can help students both during and after college when looking for employment, as well as being a source for internships, references, and letters of recommendation. Just being Greek can give you an extra edge if whoever you are dealing with also cares about being Greek. The largest part of the Greek system is the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which are the traditionally white fraternities and sororities. There are separate Greek councils for African American, Asian American and Latino fraternities and sororities, as well. As with most other facets at UT, there is something for everyone.

Being Greek is not a necessity, especially at UT. This is a huge campus with hundreds of organizations and clubs that one can become involved in, so the Greek system can be bypassed completely. If you want to meet more members of the opposite sex, and a higher ratio of attractive members of the opposite sex, the Greek system is the place to be. There are definitely people who do not fit into the Greek system, but if Greek life looks like fun to you, definitely rush, you won't regret it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
12%
Number of Fraternities
32
Number of Sororities
25
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Kappa Gamma
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Gamma Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa EpsilonĀ 
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Phi Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Lambda
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Sigma Phi Omega
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi (TAPC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Beta Chi Theta (Affiliate)
  • Beta Kappa Gamma (TAPC)
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma (Affiliate)
  • Delta Kappa Delta (Affiliate)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Gamma Beta (TAPC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Delta Chi (UGC)
  • Kappa Phi Gamma (TAPC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (UGC)
  • Lambda Theta Phi (UGC)
  • Omega Delta Phi (UGC)
  • Omega Phi Gamma (Affiliate)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Iota Alpha (Affiliate)
  • Sigma Delta Lambda (UGC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (UGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (UGC)
  • Sigma Phi Omega (TAPC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (Affiliate)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
  • Zeta Sigma Chi (Affiliate)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternity and sorority members are 28 percent more likely to graduate than their non-Greek peers.
  • Kevin Dunn from "The Real World: Back to New York" went to UT. He was in the communications school, and he was a member of Delta Tau Delta.
  • Matthew McConaughey was a Delta Tau at UT.
  • Farrah Fawcett was a Texas Tri Delt (Delta Delta Delta).
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison and Ima Hogg were members of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Texas.
  • Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale from Gallery Furniture in Houston, was a Pike (Pi Kappa Alpha) at UT, as was Fess Parker who was Disney's Davy Crockett in the 1950s.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson, LBJ's oldest daughter, was a Zeta (Zeta Tau Alpha) at Texas.
  • Pi Beta Phi was the first sorority on the UT Campus and will be 105 years old in 2007.
  • If a chapter's name is Texas Alpha, it means it was the first of its national organization to be founded in that state. Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon are both the Texas Alpha chapters at the Univeristy of Texas.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 252 responses

  • 57% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 35% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 252 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 27% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 252 responses

  • 83% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 8% No special housing is available.
  • 8% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 251 responses

  • 3% Very easy.
  • 33% Somewhat easy.
  • 52% Somewhat difficult.
  • 11% Very difficult.

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