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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of campus, and I would say almost dominates the social scene. It is very hierarchal though which I think creates some tension. Most White people are a part of Panhellenic or IFC councils, but there are also NPHC (historically Black) sororities and fraternities very active on campus. Currently, we have every chapter except the Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta. The NPHC Greek life pretty much coincides with the Black community on campus, as Panhellenic and IFC Greek life coincides with the majority of the White population. The Panhellenic and IFC are so prevalent though so members of all races know about the parties and events. Sometimes the members can be kind of exclusive though. The Panhellenic and IFC sororities and frats don't really interact or for the most part aren't even aware of the NPHC sororities and frats, which I think is a main contributor to the segregated atmosphere of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very influential at Vanderbilt University

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved right now but am planning to rush this year (my sophomore year). Sorority houses are mostly for chapter meetings and hanging out, as only the top officers are living in the houses. Sororities also cannot hold parties, and any pregames have to be held off campus or in the dorms of some srat girls. You're guaranteed a bid if you make it to pref night, which is awesome. Formal rush happens over two weekends coming back from winter break, and it's pretty regulated, unlike fraternity rush.

Fraternities are big. Parties happen Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat, with Saturday tailgates. Rush seems like it would be hell, because boys basically have to go out most weeknight freshman fall.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Like at any other school, the students who are into Greek Life get involved in it and love the experience. From what I hear, Greek Life at Vandy is pretty big compared to most other top-tier, high-achieving schools. There doesn't seem to be a particularly negative view of Greeks by non-Greeks, both groups are fairly respectful and acceptant toward each other.

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Greek Life: Top notch, inclusive, although it can be frustrating at times.

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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 86 responses

  • 71% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 15% 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 87 responses

  • 3% 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 86 responses

  • 5% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 43% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.

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