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Greek Life

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It expensive to be in a sorority or fraternity but the bonding experience is amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a student involved in Greek life, I am very supportive of it. I like that I have the opportunity to be a part of my campus and keep myself busy doing something worthwhile. Greek life makes up a fairly small percent of the campus with around 2,000 students, but it is still very present. Through greek life, I can walk anywhere and see someone that I know through my sorority. While I have made a lot of friends, I still have a lot of friends that I met freshman year who are not greek. I lived in my sorority house this past year and I had a great experience. I even paid less than WVU dorms. I had the opportunity to live with my best friends and my house mom, chef, and cleaning lady are all wonderful. Many of the greek houses are very nice, but the fraternity houses could be cleaner inside. Overall greek life is good at WVU, however it is a lot different than greek life at southern schools. It is not a big deal if you aren't in it here.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life, however I do not plan to join.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: A kid died of alcohol overdose last year, though..

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: You always see people walking around with their letters on, that's where most of the big parties are. But you're not looked down upon if you're not in one.

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There is a good amount of fraternities and sororities on campus, but they do not play a huge role in the social scene. These organizations are only really important to the people that are in them, causing an inadvertent separation between Greek members and non-Greek members. This being said, fraternities and sororities are a great way to meet new friends, but they are not necessary to fit in. Fraternities and sororities also throw a lot of functions and parties. The formals are members-only, but they throw many parties that are open to all. These usually cost $5 to get in and have kegs placed throughout the house. Students don’t have to be members of the organizations to find out about the parties—they are often advertised so members can make money.

There are a few different opinions of Greek students from non-Greek students. Some think Greek students feel they are better than everyone else, while others just don’t care for the whole idea of fraternities or sororities at all. Other students like these organizations because they throw good parties or help them make new friends. If there is one thing the Greek organizations at WVU do extremely well, it’s give back to the community. They host more than their share of charitable events, clothing drives, and raffles to help organizations and people in need. While WVU Greek students may not dominate the campus, they do help dominate where it counts, and that is in the community.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
7%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
8%
Number of Fraternities
21
Number of Sororities
12
Fraternities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NPHC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Peer Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
WVU has a Web site dedicated to Greek life. It gives information on all the fraternities and sororities, as well as the student government and student organization services. Check it out at www.wvu.edu/~greek.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 107 responses

  • 36% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 51% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 5% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 7% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 1% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 105 responses

  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 30% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 32% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 105 responses

  • 77% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 5% No special housing is available.
  • 15% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 105 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 49% Somewhat easy.
  • 34% Somewhat difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.

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