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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is an important part of the social/party scene at UC. My only concern is that some frats perpetuate the idea of rape culture. Besides that Greek life is a fine thing on campus

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A product of being a smaller school, our Greek life is also small. Their are only about two national chapters, all the others are local. They are most known for throwing parties. Greek life is very popular-- after all, in a community this tiny, finding a niche is important. Rushing is easy, pledging is rough, as always. While I've never heard any (confirmed) stories particularly horrific, take comfort in the fact that there is absolutely no smoking, drinking or general partying during pledging. The school is very strict when prohibiting hazing. You'll be asked to do the usual stupid stuff: eat a jar of mayo, don't talk to boys, wash the PM's car, etc. You will not be forced to do anything you do not feel comfortable with, nor will you be judged for choosing to remain a GDI, Our school may be unique in that it makes you wait until your sophomore year to rush/pledge.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are many non national options to choose from and they do a lot for the community.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not many national sororities or fraternities. There is a lot of tension between the locals and the nationals. Greek life isn't huge but then again we are a small school to begin with.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know of a few people in frats and such and everyone gets along just fine.

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Greek life is a huge part of campus, and it seems to dominate the social scene. Greeks almost exclusively throw all on-campus parties. Students wearing Greek letters are a common sight, and fraternity/sorority exclusion becomes most obvious at Wismer during dinner—the frat guys and sorority sisters sit at certain tables every night. But it's not necessary to be Greek to fit in. While a third of the campus is a member of a Greek organization, one must remember that this is a small school. It'd be nearly impossible to avoid befriending someone who is not a Greek. Therefore, most parties are not exclusive, and non-Greeks can get into them quite easily. There are a few exclusive parties, but those are usually rare.

A few non-Greeks view frats and sororities as a stain on the Ursinus landscape, but generally, most students don't seem to mind. After all, a lot of the Greek organizations participate in campus life. A few are involved with community service; others provide services such as flowers for Valentine's Day or stress-busters during exams. Most Greek organizations actively try to have a positive influence on campus life, so non-Greeks usually tolerate their presence.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
10%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
15%
Number of Fraternities
7
Number of Sororities
6
Fraternities
  • Alpha Phi Epsilon
  • Beta Sigma Lambda
  • Delta Pi Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Omega Delta
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Rho Lambda
Sororities
  • Kappa Delta Kappa
  • Omega Chi
  • Phi Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Tau Sigma Gamma
  • Upsilon Phi Delta
Other Greek Organizations
Inter-Greek Council
Did You Know?
Greek Week is held every year as a chance for Greek organizations to show off their pride before new member initiation begins. It includes building mascots from food at Wismer, the carrying of the rocks, which bear the letters of each organization, and Greek volleyball, among other events. The format changes each year.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 18 responses

  • 33% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 61% 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.
  • 6% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 18 responses

  • 11% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 61% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 22% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 18 responses

  • 17% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 28% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 56% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 18 responses

  • 28% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 22% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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