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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I dont have a real opinion because I have never been a part of the Greek life, and it isnt some crazy thing on campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a somewhat big part of the University of Utah. Fraternity houses boarder the campus and plenty of food and housing or non-housing options come when joining a fraternity.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Had it not been for the Greek community at my university I don't know if I would have been able to have the same incredible experience that I have had thus far. It gave me an amazing group of women to befriend that I know will be in my life for years to come. I am not part of Greek life for the parties and have found a way to make it a life-changing experience. I am currently serving as the community service chair for my chapter and find great fulfillment in being able to get my house involved in amazing organizations in our community. It is apparent on campus who is Greek and who is not. It can also become very apparent that there is an "us and them" dynamic from time to time. It doesn't have to be that way, but some of those involved in Greek life keep to themselves and only associate with fellow Greeks. This can present Greek life in a poor light as well as isolate us from the rest of the student body as we are stereotyped by the rest of the students.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks and non Greeks have the same privileges. No one is higher or lower. Being a Greek or not is no big deal in my school.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life seems like it's just another part of the campus. It blends in and only those involved really speak of it. If you're not a member they don't treat you differently but of course they try and convince you to join.

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Less than five percent of the University population belongs to the Greek system, and although Greek leadership makes regular, concerted efforts to recruit, there is little interest in the lifestyle. This is perhaps symptomatic of the West, where the Greek tradition is regionally much weaker than it is on the East Coast. While Greeks have had strong ties to student government, and it’s been generally held that “to win you must have the Greek vote,” those ties have grown weaker every year. By and large, the majority of students looks down on Greeks (as opposed to other schools, where it’s the other way around), but the Greeks have a reasonably good relationship with the University administration.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
3%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
4%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
4%
Freshman Women in Sororities
9%
Number of Fraternities
9
Number of Sororities
9
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Theta Nu Xi
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Theta Nu Xi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek peer advisers
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Some years ago, one of the fraternities on campus, Kappa Sigma, threw a party where police arrested more than 50 people for underage drinking violations. This fraternity had a history of bending (or outright breaking) both University policy and the law. The dean of students, the Interfraternity Council president, and others called for blood, and this fraternity lost its charter. In the fall of 2005, however, the chapter was reinstated and recolonized.

Student Polls

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

  • 20% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 54% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 2% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 21% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 251 responses

  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 52% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 20% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 20% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 250 responses

  • 12% Very easy.
  • 61% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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