Top 10 Most Engaging Greek Life Schools

Last updated on November 15, 2017

If you’re concerned that Greek life is only for party animals, consider this: 76 percent of our nation’s senators, 89 percent of U.S. Supreme Court justices, 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives and all but three U.S. presidents have been Greeks.

Since 1833, Greek organizations have played a vital role on college campuses, providing opportunities for scholarship, leadership, and lifelong friendships. These colleges earn high marks for vibrant Greek life that supports diversity and community service, provides a thriving and responsible social scene and is highly regarded on campus and off.

1. Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham-Southern College

Students come to Birmingham-Southern College for a great education, a great location and for a thriving Greek scene that’s known for its scholarship, leadership, philanthropy—and inclusiveness. In fact, even though Greek life is a huge part of life on the Hilltop, many Greek-sponsored philanthropic and social events are open to all BSC students. And with a late rush that doesn’t begin until two weeks after classes start, students have ample time to decide whether Greek life is right for them.

  • 40 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 50 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 6 fraternities and 7 sororities at Birmingham-Southern.

Website: http://www.bsc.edu/campus/studev/greek/

2. Vanderbilt University

vanderbilt university

Greek life dominates at Vanderbilt. But you don’t have to be a member of a fraternity or sorority to take advantage of the parties, events and community service programs run by Greeks at this college. They’re open to all students—Greek or not. In fact, once students decide to rush and get settled in a house, they’re likely to hang with the same group of friends as before. Still the allure of going Greek can be tough to resist…

  • 35 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 50 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 22 fraternities and 15 sororities at Vanderbilt.

Website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/greek_life/

3. Lehigh University

Lehigh University

Joining a Greek organization is the best way to experience this northeastern college campus, where fraternities outnumber sororities by more than 2:1, and most houses come with a cook, a fully-stocked kitchen and plenty of brothers and sisters who’ll have your back. Greek life is rooted in tradition, and that includes some partying—but it also includes plenty of room to grow for students who value leadership and want to contribute to the success of Lehigh University and the Bethlehem community.

  • 30 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 34 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 21 fraternities and 9 sororities at Lehigh.

Website: http://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/content/fraternity-sorority-affairs

4. Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

Scholarship standards are high at Wake Forest, especially in the Greek community, where a minimum GPA is required for membership. Participation in community service and philanthropic projects is also essential. But with plenty of mixers, date parties, formals, intramural sports competitions and special homecoming events, the WFU Greek system provides unique opportunities for students to meet fellow Greeks, other students and members of the campus community.

  • 35 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 48 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 15 fraternities and 10 sororities at Wake Forest.

Website: http://fraternitysorority.wfu.edu/

5. Depauw University

Depauw University

With nearly 75 percent of the student body involved in the Greek system, DePauw may well be one of the most Greek universities in the country. The majority of members join as first-year students during the formal February rush, although some students wait until the fall semester, when Greek chapters hold continuous open bidding for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

  • 78 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 68 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 11 fraternities and 12 sororities at DePauw.

Website: http://www.depauw.edu/studentacademiclife/greek/

6. Bucknell University

Bucknell University

Greek life is a big part of Bucknell life, where spirited chapter members are known for their commitment to academic excellence and community service. There are no sorority houses at Bucknell, but there is a beautiful sorority dorm, with a floor for each sorority. And since students can’t rush until their sophomore year, they’re likely to maintain the friendships and interests they developed during their freshman year, whether they go Greek or not.

  • 39 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 40 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 14 fraternities and 7 sororities at Bucknell.

Website: http://www.bucknell.edu/info-about-attending-bucknell/life-at-bucknell/greek-life-at-bucknell.html

7. Union College

union college

As the home of the Union Triad, Greek life has a long, rich history at Union, which is recognized as “the Mother of All Fraternities.” Chapters at Union are ranked nationally by grade point average, and competition between houses can be fierce, particularly when it comes to intramural sports. Members of Union’s Greek community participate in and provide philanthropic and social activities for the campus community—as do Union’s seven Minerva Houses, which offer a robust alternative to Greek life, along with similarly enriched co-curricular experiences.

  • 29 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 22 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 12 fraternities and 5 sororities at Union.

Website: https://www.union.edu/offices/fraternity-sorority/

8. University Of Mississippi

University Of Mississippi

The Greek system is a way of life at Ole Miss, where Greeks are involved all over campus and throughout Oxford, in clubs and religious organizations, on governing boards and as volunteers and fundraisers. Most Greeks spend their time in meetings, committees, study hall and volunteering, and are required by their organizations to earn points by attending lectures and performing service hours. While rules vary from chapter to chapter, most chapters also require members to meet strict academic standards.

  • 32 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 34 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 19 fraternities and 13 sororities at Ole Miss.

Website: http://dos.orgsync.com/org/umgreeks/

9. University Of Georgia

University Of Georgia

Greek life is an established tradition at the University of Georgia that dates back more than 150 years. And with 59 fraternities and sororities to choose from, you can be sure there’s a chapter that will be a good fit for your child. Recently, UGA Greeks joined together to fully sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity home. From fundraising for charities to tutoring, volunteering to conducting neighborhood cleanups, to sports and social mixers, there’s something for every interest in UGA’s Greek community.

  • 20 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 25 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 34 fraternities and 25 sororities at UGA.

Website: http://greeklife.uga.edu/

10. Albion College

Albion College

Leadership, philanthropy and academic achievement are the cornerstones of Greek life at Albion College, where the Greek community has provided students with unique opportunities for personal growth, service experience and scholarship for more than 130 years. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for fun, too, including formals, theme parties, homecoming events, intramural sports and the ever-popular Anchor Splash and Greek Week. Although chapters hold recruitment events during the fall semester, rush is deferred until spring, so everyone has a chance to get to know each other before bidding begins.

  • 46 percent of undergraduate men are in fraternities.
  • 41 percent of undergraduate women are in sororities.
  • There are 6 fraternities and 7 sororities at Albion.

Website: https://www.albion.edu/student-life/campus-programs-and-organizations/greek-life