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Greek Life


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4 College Student

Greek Life: Although you don't have to be Greek to enjoy frat parties (which are a very fun time) it's awesome having a group of people to hang out with and party with

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is not the most important thing, but it is fun to be involved.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but you don't have to be a part of greek life if you don't want to be

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek, so I can't say much about Greek life but it does play a big role in campus social climate.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fun and not that competitive, adds to the Vanderbilt experience


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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • 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
  • 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 76 responses

  • 68% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 17% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 13% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 1% 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 77 responses

  • 4% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 48% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 26% 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 76 responses

  • 4% Very easy.
  • 50% Somewhat easy.
  • 42% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.


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