RIT is one of those schools that really doesn't fit with greek life. The majority of the students here don't have to time to put into a greek organization - especially considering the amount of partying they do. At first glance, RIT's greek life looks amazing. It seems to break the stereotype. Once you're involved though, it is very obvious that the top priority for all of these groups is partying and pretending to have huge circles of friends. On top of that, hazing is a huge problem that nobody wants to admit. Would not recommend.
Despite of the housing quality, the amount of the on-campus Greek houses are very low than the amount of the active fraternities and sororities. There are 6 (official & legitimate) Greek houses at Greek Circle and 1 fraternity own dorm building and two sororities own another dorm building.
I feel the housing for Greek life are very limited for all other fraternities and sororities that doesn't get any on-campus, forcing us to appoint a weekly meeting at an building on campus. We don't show much of the excitement when we don't have a chapter house. Parties and alcohol are banned on campus so we party off-campus instead and rent cheap houses for FEW of us to live in together.
The selection is surprisingly very easy, I got into fraternity without knowing a single of them, I would just say "I'm very interested in that fraternity" and I got a bid soon after. This should have made a little more competitive instead of being more open to join.
Other than that, Greek life is decent. Just not that great.
Greek mansions aren't make or break at RIT since you can't throw parties in them anyway. A few organizations haze but if you find out they do, just quit and repledge someone who aligns with your values. No one's got time for that garbage. If you want to grow by surrounding yourself with good people, get involved on campus, or just have a good time - you'll find your organization. Greek life is by far your best bet.
Only 7% of RIT students are involved in Greek life. This is not necessarily a bad thing because once you become a part of Greek life, you will know mostly everyone whose is in it.
Below average becuase there are only 6 mansions and three fraternity/sorority dorms. This sucks because we have a total of 28 fraternity/sororities where only 9 of them can get Greek housing. However, most fraternities and sororities would rent houses off campus (try to rent many houses close to each other) and fill them with their brothers/sisters. The upside is that’s extremely cheap and parties can be hosted if the house is suitable to do so.
Above average. When you are part of Greek life, there’s a lot of leadership positions that you will be able to take ahold of internally and externally. Such examples I can give you is student govement, student ambassador, orientation assistant, RA, and major student organizations positions.
If I was to compare a party hosted by an RIT student (someone who lives in like park point or UC) to one hosted by a fraternity. I would say that the fraternity party would be way more lit. Fraternities know how to start a party
I hate to be bias but an adverage RIT student is a someone who wears cargo shorts or plain colored jeans, long white socks, strange t shirts with logos of video game characters or anime, and has some messy hair with knots in it. If I was to compare an adverage RIT guy to fraternity guys, I say that fraternity guys dress more casual and look more clean.
It’s mostly guys because there are 18 fraternities and 8 sororities total.
I’m not going to lie about this but some fraternitie/sororities haze and most don’t. What I heard is that these hazing incidents are rather minor and nothing too serious.
Greek selection difficulty:
There’s a lot of great fraternities and sororities at RIT. The only way you can determine what’s really for you is to rush every single one of them and see which one you fit best to. If you still can’t decide which one to join, take a semester learning more about fraternity brothers or sorority sisters.
Greek life is a fun community to be apart of. Everyone is involved in a lot of stuff on campus so if you think about joining be prepared to be an overachiever in some regard.
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