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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Members of Greek Life at UVM clearly try very hard, but their effort consistently falls short. It's a good social outlet for people might be otherwise lost socially or for those who are just looking for a community that drinks a lot of alcohol. All things considered, they do the most 'good' for the UVM community through their community service; however, they also without a doubt do the most 'bad' through their concentrated alcohol abuse and frequent campus violations.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: As a member of Greek Life, I love it. It is how I have been able to really connect with my community here at UVM and in Burlington. I totally acknowledge that it's not a fit for everyone, but our Greek community is really growing (we've had new fraternities and sororities established on campus in the last year!) and has done some wonderful things for our community. We aren't the most traditional Greek school but our fraternity and sorority members are incredibly dedicated and active on campus and in Burlington.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: It doesn't affect you if you're in Greek life or not. It is a low-key thing. Non-Greeks hate Greek life for some reason. Greek students only don't like non-Greeks who disrespect their house or them. Otherwise they all get along great.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I went to some frat parties freshman year when I didn't know of any house parties. They are fun, but can be hard to get into. Only 10% of students are in greek life, it's not a big deal here.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about it. It's not huge.


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The people who join Greek life usually want to, so they are likely to enjoy it. And the 90 percent who do not belong to a Greek organization at UVM don’t miss a beat on anything happening. It is one of those things that most students agree on—it’s only there if you want it to be. There is no pressure to join a fraternity or sorority, and there is not a high demand for recruits, simply because the presence is not that large. If you want to be a frat boy or a sorority girl, you can, but there will not be as much focus or support as there may be at other universities. Regardless, pledging will allow you to become a member of the house, and, hopefully, make life-long friends.

But you don’t have to join to make life-long friends. Many bond with the people on their floor and stay in contact all four years and after graduation. Greek life does not dominate the social scene here, and unlike huge universities with a big Greek presence, you don’t need to join to do fun things or be accepted. In fact, there are many chapters that are not present at UVM, and the same opportunities are available to those who do not belong to any Greek house. Most people at UVM don’t belong to the Greek system, so join if you want to, and don’t sweat it if you don’t.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Mu Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Kappa Beta Gamma
  • Omicron Lambda Pi
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Omicron Lambda Pi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 89 responses

  • 9% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 39% 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 87 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 57% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 86 responses

  • 71% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 2% No special housing is available.
  • 26% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 87 responses

  • 26% Very easy.
  • 51% Somewhat easy.
  • 21% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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