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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here does many great things and there really isn't a divide between greek and non-greek. Frats and sororities are not competitive with each other, and people seem to like their experiences at greek events, even if they are not in the frat/sorority.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only 6 greeks live in each house. They are small. Greek life is a big part of campus but many people decide against going greek.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you want greek that's great! If you don't, that's great too! It doesn't make that big of a difference on campus. This partially due to deferred recruitment and non-residential greek houses.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved, but a lot of people here love it. The Greeks are good and have required service hours and are on campus. Sororities aren't really allowed to have their own houses by some dumb Tennessee law, somebody should do something about that. A lot of people really do absolutely love Greek life here, I just don't know much about it myself.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If the Greek scene is for you, it's definitely there.

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It is undeniable that the Greeks play a major role at Vanderbilt. A lot of people are frustrated with this and like to come down on the Greeks and call them sheep or people who buy friends. It is easy to be negative about the Greek system because it is so prevalent, but because all the parties are open to everyone and there is an honest sense of inclusion, the Greeks provide a really good service to the community in planning and organizing parties and events that everyone else can benefit from (even if they're not in a house).

The pressure to join a fraternity or sorority is definitely there. Obviously, a large part of being in a fraternity or sorority is bringing in the next class of people. As a result, the Greeks are really inviting to freshmen and do their best to recruit them into joining their specific house. While the Greek system does provide you with a good group of close friends, it is important to realize that after you get settled into a house (or decide not to rush), you'll likely be hanging out with the same group of friends anyway. Classifications aren't as big a deal as you once thought.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
35%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
50%
Number of Fraternities
22
Number of Sororities
15
Fraternities
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Beta Tau
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • GAMMA-Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol
  • Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 52 responses

  • 75% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 12% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 12% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 2% 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 53 responses

  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 45% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 30% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 23% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 52 responses

  • 21% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 4% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 65% No special housing is available.
  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% Very easy.
  • 42% Somewhat easy.
  • 48% Somewhat difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.

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