Greek Life Does Not Officially Exist at Princeton:
Princeton University does not officially recognize the myriad fraternities and sororities that exist on campus. University administrators have been pondering for years whether to merge Princeton's existing unofficial Greek system into campus life or entirely expunge the campus' Greek life.
Fraternities originally started to form at Princeton in the 1840s. However, things changed when, fearing the deterioration of Princeton's famed debate societies, the administration forbade any Greek presence on campus. Today, without houses and recognition from the University, Princeton's Greek system does not have much of a presence on campus and most students are disinterested in the system.
What exists of Greek life is somewhat intertwined with the eating club system, particularly in the bicker clubs.
While men choose to rush only one fraternity, women rush all sororities and are certain to get a bid from at least one.
The pledge process for women is tame, whereas, for the majority of fraternities, the pledge process is more involved.
Greek organizations offer freshmen and sophomores social options apart from their residential colleges.
Because no fraternity or sorority houses on or near campus, the system relies upon room parties and off-campus events, such as formals and tailgates.
Greek life in no way limits one's group of friends. In fact, it often can serve as a way for normally shy students to open up and meet people outside of their residential college before making the decision sophomore year regarding their eating options.
Insider Detail: Greek life can pave the way into selective bicker clubs for some students.
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