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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is more or less nonexistent on campus, only about one in ten are greek and the culture here makes it so that they don't except oddly fratty guys n gals

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life, but my best friend loves her sorority.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is possible to be very much a part of the social scene at my school without participating in Greek life. There is no real difference between Greek and non-Greek participating students. Greek life is mostly seen as a way to meet new people by those involved and as the party capitals of campus for those not involved in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority, and I really like it. We have lots of mixers and parties to go to. My only complaint is that it's not as satisfying (as far as making actual friends goes) as I expected it would be.

5 College Student

Greek Life: The Greeks are viewed very well by non-Greeks.Their are plenty of Greek housing available. Greek life makes the atmosphere of the campus comfortable.

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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
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Alpha Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda
  • Sigma Alpha Epsiolon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Zeta Psi
  • 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 71 responses

  • 8% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 39% 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.
  • 46% 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 69 responses

  • 6% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 64% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 25% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 6% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 68 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 56% Somewhat easy.
  • 26% Somewhat difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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