Gettysburg punches far above its weight. Greek life dominates the campus with an attested ~35% involvement rate, but it's really more like 50%.
It used to be a miracle of liberal arts schools: 10 active fraternities, all with big houses, all rushing huge classes and throwing daily parties. Things have changed a bit in the past 15 years. TKE was booted off, Phi Psi lost their house, Phi Sig lost their house and was later booted, AXP lost their house, and now FIJI is on suspension and may not recover. Phi Psi and Phi Sig are likely to vanish since they both only have a handful of brothers remaining. Still, even with all this weighing it down, Gburg is a really fun school with large and tight brotherhoods.
Every org here is respectable and you can't go wrong rushing any of them. Top tier houses over the past few years are generally considered to be ATO, SAE, PSK, and PDT. PSK/Phi Sig will disappear soon due to losing their house. ATO has always been the undisputed king of campus.
Fraternities are not exclusive and you should have no problem getting a few bids, just gotta fit in with the brothers.
In a nutshell, it's bizarrely Greek and very lively for a small school. It's like if PSU just lost 90% of its student body and continued partying as normal.
Greek life is big since what else to do in Gettysburg Pennsylvania besides partying in a hot basement? Greek life is trying to gain more diversity but it’s not far from the white trash trying to say “I’m not racist because I have a black friend”. Everyone is competing with one another by the social status, looks, and money; not too far from high school vibes. Join if you will and hopefully you’ll find genuine people because they’re like little unicorns here.
Gettysburg is a very greek school for its size. I would recommend joining a fraternity or sorority or sports team if you want to be apart of the weekend social life. Aside from that Gettysburg is very well-rounded
Frats haze a lot but the girls don't really anymore because too many of them got in trouble. Greek life runs the weekend social scene so rushing is kind of necessary if you want things to do. The organizations vary from being super uninvolved and problematic to super overachieving and extra. Getting bids from frats is much easier than getting bids from sororities, girls are very selective and competitive in recruitment
Gettysburg is a very fratty school. You might not guess it, what with being a small liberal arts college, but this school holds its own in the frategory.
There is a good bit of hazing going on in fraternities (normal), but soroities haze too which is pretty different from a lot of other greek systems.
Gettysburg's greek life is campus social life. The school touts a greek life involvement number to prospective students far below(<35%) what the actual number is far (>50%).
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