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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Tend to be pretty cool people.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Whitman College is different from many other schools. Although Greek life is popular, it is still extremely accepted to not be a part of a fraternity or a sorority.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Didn't go greek but I still have a ton of fun

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's very easy to join Greek life if you want to, but if it's not for you you won't be totally isolated. Greeks and non-Greeks all socialize together so the campus is pretty inclusive no matter what you decide. Fraternities have houses and sororities live in section in the all female dorm on campus, but most upperclassmen have off campus housing and many live in mixed Greek/non-Greek houses.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are more frat houses available for guys than there are sororities. The frats aren't "opulent", but they are better than interest or private housing.

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Depending on who you ask, the line dividing Greek life and independent life is either one not to be crossed or one easily crossed. Students are generally welcome to most Greek events (and many attend when they are looking for a reliable and satisfying party), but the existence of Greek-only functions, those closed to the rest of campus, creates a troublesome stigma among Greeks and non-Greeks. This provides the source of complaints that Greeks only socialize internally, but others prefer this set-up. Students complain about how Greeks operate, whether it's the themes of their parties or how they segregate themselves, but students certainly cannot deny that the Greeks are always good for social events.

Yes, it can be frustrating to lose touch with friends who go Greek or stay independent, particularly because this does tend to set up how and with whom students socialize after their first year. Overall, Greek life annoys independent students, while independents are, in essence, a group of whiners against the Greeks, creating a campus fissure. However, for every group of students who fit into this stereotype, there are a few who go out and do something about it by socializing with everyone without holding grudges.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
34%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
29%
Number of Fraternities
4
Number of Sororities
3
Fraternities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Chi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
Sororities
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Other Greek Organizations
  • Greek Advisors
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
Contrary to many fraternities and sororities, Whitman's are very active in community service and sponsor annual events to raise money, ranging from "Most Beautiful Eyes" contest to raising money for breast cancer organizations to blood drives.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 23 responses

  • 22% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 78% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% 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 24 responses

  • 17% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 71% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 4% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 24 responses

  • 54% Very easy.
  • 38% Somewhat easy.
  • 8% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.

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