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Northwestern Greek Life

UndecidedStudentUndecidedStudent Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
edited October 2013 in Northwestern University
I am strongly considering Northwestern and have some questions about Greek life. (I'm male.)
Basically would a guy feel left out if he did not pledge a fraternity?
How much time does the pledging process take and how are grades affected?
How many of the fraternities haze and how severely? Is it generally alcohol, physical beatings, exercise, harmless pranks or being made to do publicly embarrassing stunts?
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Replies to: Northwestern Greek Life

  • cubeculcubecul Registered User Posts: 270 Junior Member
    Depends on how many of your friends end up in the Greek system. Winter quarter tends to suck pledges away simply because pledging requires a lot of time spent at the respective houses.

    Pledging processes vary across houses. My house required a meal plan switch (from 13 to 6 meals a week at the university, rest at the house) and a weekly meeting, along with assignments and 1-2 events. That wasn't much compared to other fraternities. Grades can change depending on how you handle it. I know one fraternity forced their pledges to drop one class for the quarter.

    3 fraternities are currently not on probation. Take from that what you will.

    I cannot know for sure, but I expect that most houses will haze. There are at least three houses (the ones not on probation) that do not haze. Alcohol hazing is common.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Registered User Posts: 3,572 Senior Member
    I was in AEPi (I'm far enough removed I don't care anymore). They didn't haze at all. Pledging was easy and fun. It did not hamper my grades (but AEPi has by FAR the highest GPA on campus so make of that what you will).
  • MidwestMom17MidwestMom17 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    My son's frat pledging was time consuming but there was absolutely no alcohol or other hazing of any type. In retrospect he should've taken just 3 classes that quarter, not 4. Generally, though, Greek chapter GPAs are above the campus average, and my son has given and rec'd lots of academic help from his frat bros.
    He initially did not plan on pledging, but went for a few of the free Sunday night dinners in the fall of his freshmen year and changed his mind -- and is very glad he did. Go with an open mind...
  • libs4everlibs4ever Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    As for now,

    Pike ZBT
    Sigma Chi
    Phi Psi
    DTD Delta Chi
    Lambda Chi
    Sig Ep
    Theta Chi

    these usually fluctuate each year based on pledge class and rush
  • Crimsonstained7Crimsonstained7 Registered User Posts: 1,300 Senior Member
    No one asked for a ranking, and your rankings are pointless.
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