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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is easy to get into. They do a lot for the community & have awesome parties!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know much about the greek life but they do throw great parties and activity events for the students. They are always involved with the school and outside events.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Since I do not live on campus, I do not see much of the Greek life. I see advertising around campus of opportunities to join, volunteer, and how to participate in their activities. Greek students, to me, are just regular students that have a different life style out of classes.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: My friends in Greek life really enjoy it, and Valpo's Greek life has a large influence from philanthropy, which makes it an amazing experience.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: They do alot for the community and are a big help!

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Greeks are a large part of the inner workings of campus. The numbers indicate that a little over 30 percent of the campus is involved in a Greek organization, but often it can feel like 70 percent. While it is definitely possible to live a full and happy life on campus without being Greek, people involved in Greek life will say that pledging is the best way to make friends and get involved on campus. Valpo has a deferred recruitment, so freshmen are able to get accustomed to campus before deciding whether or not to go through recruitment.

People involved in Greek life also typically get involved with many other organizations on campus such as Student Government and Union Board. This tends to make it seem like Greeks are everywhere, but there are plenty of organizations to get involved in that do not involve the Greeks.

However, if you do decide to go Greek, you would get inolved automatically in many philanthropy and service events. Each sorority and fraternity has a charity that they fundraise for at some point in the year. They try to get all students to participate in their fundraiser through some fun activity like Phi Psi 500, Derby Days, and Kappa Kasino. People also get involved in a variety of service projects, like helping at Café Manna or doing Day of Caring. Either way, Greek life is usually carries a positive image around campus, but there is no pressure to join.

The main downside to Greek life is that sororities on campus live in Scheele Hall in separate wings. This facility is exactly the same as the freshmen residence halls. Most fraternities are able to live off campus in houses, so many students find problems with this system.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
24%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
26%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
20%
Freshman Women in Sororities
24%
Number of Fraternities
9
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Xi Phi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Delta Xi Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Judicial Board
  • Intrafraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Greeks on campus host some of the most interesting events. Sigma Chi fraternity holds Derby Days-a week-long competition between all-female teams that serves as a fundraiser for charity-in the fall. The weekend after Easter, the fraternities and sororities hold Songfest in the Chapel of the Resurrection, which is a song-and-dance revue competition between the chapters. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (the men's music fraternity) serenades female students by singing outside the dorms.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 68 responses

  • 38% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 49% 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.
  • 6% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 3% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 68 responses

  • 34% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 46% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 9% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 67 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 67% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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