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Greek Life Sorority Question?

fresh2deathfresh2death 1 replies1 threads New Member
edited October 2013 in Northwestern University
Hi I'm an incoming freshman at NU. I was wondering what the best and worst sororities are. Also, what are their reputations? I am just genuinely curious and want to get a better feel for what greek life may be like. Thank you, I would appreciate your opinions.
edited October 2013
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
    Make those determinations for yourself and don't be influenced by other's perceptions.
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  • WCASParentWCASParent 2095 replies16 threads Senior Member
    As usual, arbiter is giving good advice.
    From a parent's perspective i would only point out that (i) the rushing system at NU is designed to give you time to get adjusted to NU before you have to even think about whether to go Greek or which sororities to shoot for, because there is no rushing until the winter term, and (ii) the rushing system all but assures that you will see all or almost all of the sororities and meet some of their members before the mutual narrowing and selection process begins.
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  • MomCaresMomCares 3058 replies90 threads Senior Member
    As arbiter213 says, opinions about sororities are very subjective. D and many of her friends rushed, and they each liked very different things about different houses. My impression is that none were "bad", just that some fit certain people better then others. Her friends landed in a variety of houses and all seem to be in great situations.

    Enjoy your upcoming life as a Wildcat!!
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  • fresh2deathfresh2death 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Thank you all for your advice, but can anyone answer my question?
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  • PizzagirlPizzagirl 40174 replies320 threads Senior Member
    No. You should not go into rush with a pre-determination that these are the "best" sororities and these are not. There is a reason NU sorority rush is set up so that you have to meet and spend time with girls in all the houses. Because you need to go in and give every house a fair chance, and then after meeting them, decide which ones you like and which ones you don't. There is no "best." There is only the "best for you." It doesn't matter as long as you're happy with the girls in the house and feel a friendship.

    FYI for the OP, I'm a parent who was in a sorority at NU (was a rush director and a rush counselor) and have a son who is in the fraternity system there.
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
    I'll add that going in trying to get the "best" house is setting yourself up for disaster. This is a group of friends, people to whom you will grow extremely close. Do you pick your friends based on who the "best" friends will be? As in, oh, Tina will attract all the hot guys over, or Julia makes the best cosmos? Generally, I hope, you pick your friends based on who you have common interests, values, and personalities with, and with whom you enjoy spending time.
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  • MomCaresMomCares 3058 replies90 threads Senior Member
    This thread may also be indicating something about the culture at NU where, in D's experience, the students quickly figure out that EVERY student has extraordinary qualities and deserves your respect and attention. I assume the same is true of the sororities.
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  • RustlerJRustlerJ 1 replies0 threads New Member
    By the time they do recruitment (not until winter quarter), you'll know the reputations but I feel this is the pretty general stereotype consensus

    Most attractive (in no particular order)
    Theta
    Kappa
    Tri Delt

    Not necessarily in the top, but close
    A Phi
    Gamma Phi

    Middle of the Road (no real strong reputation as good or bad)
    Zeta
    KD
    DG
    DZ

    Bad Reputation/considered unattractive
    ChiO
    Alpha Chi Omega (refereed to as achio or alpha chi)

    I think this is the answer you probably wanted, but I agree with the earlier comments. I know plenty of nice and pretty girls that aren't in the "top" houses. In addition, how the recruitment system is set up, you have a chance to meet sisters from every house to see which girls you probably would best get along with. Generally, I find that most people are happy wherever they end up, regardless of the reputation.
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  • illinoisgirl324illinoisgirl324 233 replies10 threads Junior Member
    No offense to the above poster, but OP, I would not pay any attention to that. Different people consider different things when ranking "top" and "bottom" sororities. As someone who is currently in the Greek system at NU, I would strongly urge you to base your opinions of different chapters on your experiences with them, and your relationships with chapter members, rather than what someone "ranks" them on some forum. Those who have the best recruitment experiences are usually those who go in with good attitudes and who give ALL of the chapters a fair shake.
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  • gocats2gocats2 1 replies0 threads New Member
    RustlerJ, I think you're a little off, especially considering that you forgot Pi Phi, which would be grouped with A Phi/Gamma Phi. And DG would definitely be in that group too, not middle of the road. I don't agree with the hierarchy of the greek system, and I think it's sooo high school that people buy into it, but it's mostly based around what the frats say. Completely objectively, from what I've heard from my friends in frats, this is where sororities tend to stand:

    First "tier":
    Tri Delt
    Theta
    Kappa

    Second:
    A Phi
    DG
    Pi Phi
    Gamma Phi

    Third:
    Zeta
    DZ
    KD

    Fourth:
    Chi O
    A Chi O
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  • PizzagirlPizzagirl 40174 replies320 threads Senior Member
    Ugh. (And I say this as someone whose house stacked up pretty well by the above criteria, LOL) It doesn't MATTER. If you find a house of girls that you like and who like you, it is of no consequence to anything where they "rank" in some mythical ranking. Rankings are only important to the kinds of losers who are into rankings. You have better things to do at NU than pay attention to this kind of thing. If you find a house you like, you'll have tons of fun, make great friendships that last a lifetime and it will not matter in the least whether your house is "top" or "bottom."
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  • WildCat12WildCat12 4 replies0 threads New Member
    As a current member of a sorority at Northwestern, it upsets me to see questions like this posted. However, I understand that incoming freshmen may have a skewed view of the process. The point of recruitment is for you to find a chapter that is a good fit for YOU. You should not be concerned with a sorority being "better" or "more attractive" than the others. Although you will only spend a few minutes at each chapter getting to know the active women, you will quickly find that no chapter is "better" than any other, they are simply different.
    If you are looking to join a "top" sorority because of reputation, you may find yourself dropping out of recruitment because chapters look for important values in potential new members. I am in one of the chapters that is considered to be "top tier" and I love my sorority sisters, but it was not their reputation that drew me (in fact, I was unaware of reputations before recruitment because I lived in a dorm where no one rushed), but rather their class, leadership, and scholarship.
    My advise to you is to just be yourself during recruitment. If you do that, you'll find a chapter you'll fall in love with, regardless of reputation. Thanks to our delayed recruitment, you will also make a lot of friends that will end up in other chapters. Greek life is a blast and ending up in the chapter that best fits for you will be important (Sometimes girls decide to put on an act for recruitment for "reputation" or whatever else and they end up deactivating because they figure out they don't share the values of the sorority).
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  • EnoughAlreadyEnoughAlready 227 replies10 threads Junior Member
    God knows, my daughter loves NU and her sorority, but it's discussions like these (or rather, the question that started the thread) that make me glad that my college had no sororities. When my daughter said she was rushing, I thought she was joking. Ah well.
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  • MomCaresMomCares 3058 replies90 threads Senior Member
    @EnoughAlready - we sound like kindred spirits! ;-D

    To the OP - our D rushed last year, and her list of preferred sororities going in to the process looked nothing like those posted. YOUR criteria may very well be something a bit deeper than "most attractive", and even on that score D's personal assessment was different than some frat's might be. ;-D
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  • bn12ggbn12gg 498 replies21 threads Member
    Heck, I bussed tables back in the day at "A Chi O"-- you say tier 4, what a great bunch of smart, gorgeous women. These rankings are a crock! All NU women are the Cats Meow and wicked smart!

    .02 David
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  • lagunallagunal 577 replies23 threads Member
    I would think that the "best" sororities are the ones that fit your schedule and personality best.

    If you are an engineering student and you join a sorority that plans, runs, recovers from parties Wed-Sunday, you are in the WRONG house. period.

    Find common interests and a workable schedule and build lasting friendships within that community. If they don't match, you'll end up quitting anyway.
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  • libs4everlibs4ever 2 replies0 threads New Member
    to be blunt and answer the original question:

    Kappa/TriDelt
    Theta
    PiPhi/Aphi
    GPhi
    KD/ZTA
    DG
    DZ
    AChiO
    ChiO

    at least this is what it's like right now
    but i agree with the previous replies that it's so much better when you get into a sorority that makes you feel at home rather than look at social status
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  • Crimsonstained7Crimsonstained7 1282 replies18 threads Senior Member
    This is over a year old. Give it up
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  • schoolis1225schoolis1225 15 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Wrong. G phi and KD have never been that high. Ever.

    Top: Theta Kappa Tridelt
    Upper mid: A phi DG Pi Phi
    Lower mid: G phi Zeta KD
    lower: dz chi o alpha chi
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  • SigmaAlphaEpsilonNUSigmaAlphaEpsilonNU 4 replies0 threads New Member
    I know people want to pretend that their daughters don't care about rankings, but believe me, they do. Half the girls going through recruitment drop because they're left with houses they don't want. To answer the original question, these are the unbiased rankings from 2013 - now. Apparently, some of the other posters have agendas with their ranks.


    PC 2013 (JUST BY PC)

    DDD KKG
    Theta
    A Phi
    Pi Phi
    DG
    GPhi Zeta KD DZ
    Chi O Alpha Chi

    PC '14

    KKG DDD A Phi
    Theta
    DG Pi Phi
    G Phi
    Zeta
    KD
    Chi O
    DZ
    Alpha Chi

    PC '15

    Theta DDD KKG
    A phi DG Pi Phi
    Zeta
    GPhi DZ Chi O
    KD Alpha Chi

    PC'16

    Theta KKG
    DG A Phi Pi Phi
    DDD
    Zeta
    G Phi
    DZ Chi O
    KD
    Alpha Chi
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