Greek life is a dominant facet of life at UW. Many students choose to go Greek, and the representation of Greek students on campus is often disproportionately large. This year, that may be even more so because there will be an all-Greek Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW). There are pros and cons to being in the Greek system, however, and many students feel that being Greek is such a defining element of students that students seem to separate themselves along Greek and non-Greek lines.
Greek life offers a great support system, and perhaps it is a better lifestyle for those who need more structure. Especially at a huge school like UW, many students think living in a house with a bunch of people is a great way to make friends and avoid being overwhelmed or intimidated by the size of the school. Being a part of the Greek system guarantees-and even requires-a planned social calendar with weekly meetings, parties, dances and exchanges. While some love the excitement and constant busyness of the lifestyle, others find it constricting and burdensome. Some people join the Greek system for the parties or the hot guys or girls-for them, those things alone are enough incentive. Within the Greek system, some love it and others detest it, but it seems to be popular with the majority of Greeks. Outside the Greek system, there's a fair amount of hostility toward the Greek system. Some non-Greeks feel Greeks are too exclusive and alienated. If you are having trouble deciding whether to go Greek, it's probably a good idea to rush the fraternities or sororities so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to make a bid. That's the great thing-you can check out the Greek scene before actually making a commitment.