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Greek Life


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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The guys and girls that are part of Greek life at Whitman are quite welcoming. They treat you the same whether you turn down their offer of invitation to a fraternity/sorority or join the fraternity/sorority. Whitman has amazingly humble and nice students and there and every student treats each other the same way despite affiliation with greek life

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek and Indies get along very well.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is an escape from the Whitman bubble

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.


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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Chi
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • 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 26 responses

  • 23% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 77% 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 27 responses

  • 15% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 74% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% 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 27 responses

  • 56% Very easy.
  • 33% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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