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Greek Life at Cornell?

mrose225mrose225 1 replies2 threads New Member
edited September 13 in Cornell University
Does Greek Life dominate the social scene at Cornell?
edited September 13
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 11055 replies137 threads Senior Member
    Not at all. The vast majority of students are not in Greek houses. Cornell is only 30% Greek.

    I'll flag this to be moved out of the Dartmouth forum.
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  • monydadmonydad 8061 replies161 threads Senior Member
    #1 above is the answer, simply put.
    But at times it can appear by some to be more "dominant" than it really is.

    This all pertains to pre-COVID and many other changes, definitely not current FWIW.

    But back then, anyway:
    The frats "rush" freshmen to fill their houses. so there were many events, parties, etc, towards that end. And freshmen mostly don't have cars, and to an extent may not have completed their own social circles yet. So to freshmen the frats may seem like a bigger deal than they are later.

    "Regular" non-frat upperclassmen have parties too. Lots of them. But they are smaller, less advertised, and they certainly aren't trying to entice freshmen they don't know to go to them.

    Once that's done, if you are actually a frat member then of course it can be quite important. If you are not, you may continue to have doings with the frats if you have friends who are in frats. Otherwise you may have virtually nothing to do with them for the remainder of your tenure. Though you will see frat members around doing frat things, and frat members may be in your classes.


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  • gobigred2025gobigred2025 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Rush isn't until second semester for freshmen. It is not the be all to end all. It may seem like a lot of kids are in them, but plenty are not. There is something for everyone.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 25361 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Cornell is only 30% Greek

    That's really a very high percentage.

    Even at schools with a much smaller percentage, the greeks tend to participate in college activities at a higher rate than other clubs. They organize homecoming events, participate in the parades, make floats, attend the activities. They have a presence on campus.

    But that doesn't mean there is no social life without the Greeks. There are plenty of opportunities through clubs, organization, academic fraternities, dorms, the band, sports (intramurals or teams). The Greeks may make it easier to participate because they have the structure to put together a team or build a float.

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