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Greek Life

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Can be pretty cliquey, should make more of an effort to include non-Greeks in events. But every Greek person has friends outside of Greek life as well. Still, can make some people feel excluded or unwanted

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life contributes to a lot of great activities and events during the year. They are known mostly for their parties, but there is a wide variety of Sororities and Fraternities aimed at all types of people.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Since I haven't started school yet, I don't know much about its Greek life.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am a member of Greek life on campus and although I was hesitant to join because of the reputation, I have had an incredible experience. I have made a variety of friends, gotten involved in philanthropic events, and made many connections that will benefit me in the real world.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: About 1/3 of students are involved in Greek life, but if you don't join it's not like you're missing out on "the college experience." If you love parties (and your first year newness has worn off, haha) you should have no trouble getting into frat/sor parties...and there is always a party (or two or three) on the weekends. (I hear that) Joining a sorority, at least, is very expensive, but I suppose different people can afford different things. Whatever your decision is when it comes to Greek life, surely you will make the best decision for yourself. :)

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Most students feel that Greek life dominates the social scene at UVA. Many are bitter about this and find it superficial, costly, obnoxious, and over-prevalent. Those involved in Greek life, however, love the people they have met and the relationships they have formed. All sorts of people are involved in the Greek scene, as well as in the non-Greek scene. Frat parties are open to everyone, but when you get to the door, it often comes down to who you know, which frustrates many people who aren't connected in the frat. There can be a lot of bitterness directed at Greek life in general, as some fraternities and sororities are unfortunately stereotyped as being snobby, superficial, and obnoxious. But, it's good to keep in mind that the stereotypes don't hold true for everyone in any given organization.

On the whole, Greek life only really dominates the campus if you want it to. Of course, fraternities and sororities are a big part of UVA; but keep in mind, this is not the Greek school it once was. At certain times of the academic year, it feels as if the whole school is doing the Greek thing—semi-formals, Foxfield horse races, football games, rush—but when you look closer, you’ll see that this is certainly not the case. There are plenty of other groups to join (literary magazines, a cappella groups, theatrical groups, athletic groups, and community service organizations). In any case, even if you don’t consider the Greek option, at least go to a frat party at some point—they really can be a fun time, or at least, an interesting experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
30%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
30%
Number of Fraternities
33
Number of Sororities
23
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Phi Society
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • St. Anthony Hall
  • St. Elmo Hall
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (MGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon (MGC)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Psi Zeta (MGC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Inter-Greek Committee
  • Inter-Sorority Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Order of Omega

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 148 responses

  • 64% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 32% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 1% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 1% 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 149 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 40% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 28% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 149 responses

  • 3% Very easy.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 48% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.

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