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Greek Life


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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I personally haven't noticed much about greek life, though i've heard good things about some of the sororities.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have never been interested in Greek life, so it has had almost no impact on my time at UW. I don't know that much the Greek life in this campus and how it compares to other colleges.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As someone who is a little too old to join a fraternity, I haven't paid too much attention to greek life, and I don't notice too much of it in class, but the fraternity houses are all along the front side of the campus and look to be busy and in good spirits. In a way I wish I was younger so I could join one of them.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not personally know much about the Greek scene and have not encountered this aspect so far.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is exclusive and eco centric. Most fraternities and sororities are focused on bettering themselves and don't associate well with non-Greek members.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Theta Xi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Council
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 290 responses

  • 36% 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.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 2% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 288 responses

  • 5% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 49% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 22% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 288 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 53% Somewhat easy.
  • 37% Somewhat difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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