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Greek Life

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I just got a bid for a sorority. It was really easy. He girls seem really nice and friendly. Most of the people at Western are not friendly.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't really care much for Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not apart of a sorority but I heard they are very active at my school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I know, fraternities and sororities are cool.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not sure about the greek life in the quad cities.

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The majority of students at Western are indifferent towards Greek life. In general, Greeks are not viewed as snobby or overly cliquey. Likewise, they are not recognized for doing prodigious things for the community. Greek organizations tend to become more visible during rush times, and then dwindle soon afterward. Although the social scene is not dominated by Greek organizations, they are a noticeable presence. Some of the biggest parties on campus are held at fraternity houses, but they are not at all exclusive and anyone can attend. In addition, there are parties just as big at non-Greek houses, and the social scene depends on clubs and bars as well. Greek housing is nice for the most part, but space is limited. On many occasions, students do not live in their Greek organization’s house. Since Greek life is not extremely popular, it isn’t very competitive either. Students agree that getting into a social fraternity or sorority is easy. Some professional fraternities are slightly more selective, but they are by no means exclusive.

Socially, the Greek organizations moderately influence nightlife. However, it is not necessary to be a member, or even know a member, to attend parties. Parties are clearly the paramount reason students join fraternities and sororities. Besides partying, not much goes on in terms of social events. Fundraisers are rare, which is likely due to Western’s strict fundraising rules. During rush, at the beginning of each semester, Greek organizations will host interest parties. Some Greek housing is nice, but much of it is inconveniently located far away from campus. The relatively small Greek life at Western provides all students with the chance to join a fraternity or sorority, but may leave some people wishing that Greek life played a bigger role on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
9%
Freshman Men in Fraternities
0%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
9%
Freshman Women in Sororities
0%
Number of Fraternities
21
Number of Sororities
10
Fraternities
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Phi Pi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Rho Eta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Xi
Sororities
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Zeta
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Phi Pi
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Lambda Theta Nu
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Rho Eta
  • Sigma Lambda Beta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 104 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.
  • 3% 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.
  • 5% We don't have Greek life.

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

  • 19% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 14% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 78 responses

  • 51% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 1% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 19% No special housing is available.
  • 28% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 104 responses

  • 14% Very easy.
  • 57% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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