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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a part of it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally interested in the Greek scene.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't know enough about Greek life to make a statement about it for my school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm personally not involved in Greek Life although I have a lot of friends who are. Most of the people I know are involved in professional frats like business and chemistry - but this doesn't mean all they do is study. I have no desire to get involved in Greek Life, but I like occasionally tagging along for parties and meeting people.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: My experience with Greek life has been great but it really isn't for everyone on this campus. A lot of non-Greeks look down on Greek life but it also goes the other way with Greeks looking down on non-Greeks. A lot of Greeks do give Greek life a bad rep.


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While Greek life is alive and thriving at UW, it is not a dominating life force. Most of the students affected by the Greek system are members of a fraternity or sorority. For these students, the lifestyle of the Greek can be a little overwhelming. If nothing else, students feel their experience in this system has helped them meet a lot of interesting people. While the sororities and fraternities do offer plenty of socialization, students don't feel it is the only way to meet people at UW.

UW is home to nearly forty sororities and fraternities. While some are geared towards its members being of a certain ethnicity or academic field, they all offer a strong social aspect. Those in the Greek system often partake in intramural events, fundraising nights, and volunteer activities. Furthermore, the Greek System is not totally exclusive. Even if students are not a part of a frat or sorority, they are usually welcome at most of their parties or other social events.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Psi
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Theta Sigma
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Delta Chi
  • Triangle
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Pi Omega
  • Chi Sigma Tau
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority
Other Greek Organizations
  • All-Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Association
Did You Know?
  • An average of 10 percent of the undergraduate population is a member of the Greek system. This statistic holds true for the freshman population as well.
  • The Greek system was set in place only a few years after the university opened, making it one of the oldest established systems associated with UW.
  • Apart from house parties, the societies do host fundraising, intramural sporting, and academic events.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 121 responses

  • 19% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 67% 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.
  • 12% 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 120 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 26% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 18% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 120 responses

  • 68% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 2% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 25% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 120 responses

  • 7% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 38% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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