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Greek Life

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are only a couple of sororities and they're pretty hard to get into. There are a lot of frats, though.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most parties are at frats but they're open in the fall. Spring gets taken up by a lot of sorority-fraternity mixers at frat houses, but those usually open up to non-Greek after a couple hours. Most people in Greek life don't live in the houses (each house only has 7ish rooms), so the people who live in them actually want to. I don't know about the frat rooms, but the upstairs rooms in the sororities are soooo nice.

Greek life gets really big for freshman after rush at the beginning of second semester. Though most people by the numbers don't rush, a vast majority of people that "go out" do. If you life going to frat parties and such during first semester, you might feel left out second semester if you don't rush, if only because all of your friends that do rush will have mixers and semi-formals on the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek atmosphere does not play into the community a lot.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't know anything about Greek life at Yale. I went to Duke for undergrad.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Literally went through undergrad without going to a single frat party, and I think the same was true for a bunch of my friends. The Yale equivalent of Greek life is actually a cappella.

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For most students, the Greek scene at Yale comprises only a fraction of student social life. Fraternities are know primarily for their parties, complete with sticky floors, stepped-on toes, and red plastic cups. Many of the fraternities serve as clubs for varsity athletes (such as Alpha Delta Phi and the Yale varsity lacrosse team) and most of the houses (if the group has one) are run-down. Sororities are even less visible than the fraternities. They act primarily as emotional, intellectual, and social support systems for their members.

The reason Greek life remains less popular at Yale is most likely the strength of the residential college system; students are already inherantly part of a familial group that offers support, social opportunities, and camaraderie. Thus, frats and sororities are stuck in the background because they simply aren't necessary. That said, there are many students who enjoy the Greek system and make it an integral part of their life at Yale. Essentially, Greek life is only one of the hundreds of ways to get connected and have fun on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
15%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
10%
Number of Fraternities
9
Number of Sororities
7
Fraternities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Sigma Alpha Epsiolon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Psi
Sororities
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Sigma Psi Zeta
Other Greek Organizations
Pan-hellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Some Yalies might suggest the a cappella groups serve as an equivalent for Greek life. Like most fraternity and sorority pledges, the singing groups' potential members go through an intense Rush and initiation process. The a cappella culture is highly visible during the year, performing jams and concerts each semester. One of the highlights of October is the incredible Tap Night rush across Old Campus as groups pick their new members.
  • Yale is known for its underground network of secret societies. There are over 10 prominent groups including Skull and Bones, Berzelius, Book and Snake, Elihu, Society of St. Anthony Hall, and Wolf's Head. The groups often act as replacements to Greek life.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 49 responses

  • 6% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 43% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 4% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 47% 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 47 responses

  • 2% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 28% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 46 responses

  • 26% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 24% No special housing is available.
  • 50% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 46 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 52% Somewhat easy.
  • 30% Somewhat difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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