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Fraternities and sororities are generally elitist bullies, often uninterested in the intellectual life of the campus.

Fraternities and sororities give students the opportunity to become part of a network of people that will last a lifetime in business and friendship. I firmly believe that students who were part of the Greek system are more socially skilled, adept at being a team player and driven to be the best in all their pursuits. The uniqueness of living with so many other people and learning from each other prepares students for the real world. I would be proud to have any friend or family member say that they were part of the Greek system.

Fraternities and sororities have a very positive impact at the UW. They are very valuable given the large size of the school, as the sheer volume of students and class size can make it challenging to adapt to college life. Greek life provides a chance for young people to develop lifelong friendships, gain leadership skills and have fun.

Fraternities are a good aspect of college life. While sometimes they detract from the educational side of college they allow for the student to make it through school with a friendship network. The most important part of college is not necessarily the education one receives but the ability to easily network. Being in a fraternity or sorority helps individuals come out of the shell, break away from their insecurities, and become more outgoing and personable.

Fraternities/sororities (except for professional fraternities/sororities) are not needed on a University campus. I believe they cause more problems than benefits.

Fraternity and sororities provide a learning ground for developing the necessary people networks and networking skills needed to succeed in business after graduation.

Fraternity living was high impact and very positive experience as an overall part of my University of Washington education. Highly recommended.

Fraternity/Sororities are a great addition to UW life—among other benefits, one of the greatest lessons learned is how to be social and active while addressing the responsibilities of school and life.

Frats and sororities are not a friendly place for non-Christians. Practicing religious minorities find it difficult in the UW greek system (try being kosher or eating only hal al meat there).

From my graduate school experiences on other campuses, the greek system at UW is surprisingly diverse and open. That is not to say that it is perfect; it is not. But the overall attitude (except perhaps during rush) is one of cooperation and fairness and the girls in the greek system at UW are less biased towards other sororities than on other campuses and are far less 'cookie-cutter' or stereotypically 'sorority girls'. There are always problems, mostly with people trying too hard to maintain a certain image, but overall, I think the greek system at UW is a positive institution that teaches fairness and responsibility.

Gave an opportunity to meet people in smaller settings especially helpful at a school as large as UW.

Great experience, makes a big school seem a lot smaller, and really helps keep people around on a predominantly commuter campus.

Great experience that is not for everybody, which is okay. You have to be tolerant of others and accept a view point that focuses on the collective versus personal interests. I'm not saying you loose individuality or have to give that up, in fact quite the opposite. But you do have to accept policies that you don't always agree with. You have to respect quiet hours and at the same time not get upset when there's a party the night before an exam. You might have to go to a library on some nights and likewise take the fun somewhere else if it's quiet hours. In exchange for that you'll have more fun than any other club/association available. Great networking, better friends, and a connection to the University that lasts long after graduation.

Great opportunity, but the university places too many restrictions on the greek system now.

Great social skill building experience and contacts for future long term business opportunities.

Great way to meet new, unique people. It's an organization that is made up of leaders, organizers, hardworking, dedicated men and women! The possibilities are endless in college and beyond when becoming a part of these organizations.

Greatest thing I ever decided to do in my college career. Everlasting friendships and doors opened in my life!

Greeks have higher GPA's than their undergraduate peers.

Hands down the best experience I've ever had. I believe that being in a sorority enriched my UW experience, and not one second have I regretted being a part of the Greek System. I just wish that I had another 4 years to spend there!

Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities don't seem to get the same treatment or benefits as white organizations.

I am a recent graduate of UW and feel that while there are certainly negatives in the greek system, there are also a lot of positives that NEVER make the press. UW is a huge school and the greek system provides a place to come home to when you are feeling lost in the crowd. I would recommend joining a house to almost any incoming freshman! Go Dawgs!

I am a UW alumni who left Washington State upon graduation in 1972. As my moves took me further away from campus (San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, NYC, and now Connecticut) there were fewer UW alumni. Sigma Chi fraternity gave me a second basis to develop relationships when moving to a new area. The Greek experience, as well as the UW experience, only begins on campus. It continues throughout your lifetime. 34 years later I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had these two college affiliations and the resulting friendships that have developed.

I am appalled at the level of drinking and the lack of studying in the fraternities. The sororities seem better monitored.

I am so grateful for my experience in a sorority at UW for four years (2000-2004). I will treasure the friendships and lessons I learned for the rest of my life. The networking opportunities since graduating have been beneficial as well.

I believe fraternities and sororities offer a very positive impact on students as they teach leadership and respect, as well as providing very strong friendships. I believe that more often than not colleges which have fraternities and sororities in their systems ultimately graduate a potentially more successful, more well rounded, more confident citizen than otherwise whether the graduate had joined a fraternity or sorority or not.

I belong to Phi Gamma Delta Class of 1952. Just had a reunion of the pledge class in Indianola. Fifteen still alive and twelve were there. Great experience for all including spouses. The associations have been most gratifying over the years. I have not lived anywhere near Seattle since graduation in 1953. Now live in Maine.

I came from out-of-state. They became my family. I was an only child and found I had sisters. I was shy and they provided me with social opportunities I never would have had. They taught me to balance my time. They made sure I studied. I had a home away from home.

I came to the UW in 1970 when campus unrest was at its peak and my parents required that I pledge a sorority if I came. I found it to be a very supportive experience. I had an instant group of friends, a safe home for 4 years, people who cared how I was doing, lower costs than a dorm, and high standards for academic achievement. This supported my success at UW. Plus our house had rules precluding men in upstairs rooms or alcohol in the house, so it was a healthier environment than the dorms or an apartment for a young student.

I came to UW as a grad student, living off-campus, so the Greek system had no impact on me at all. My social/academic community (complete with softball team) was the Department of Geography. Even as an undergraduate (at a different school) I paid no attention to the Greek system. It just wasn't for me. But I see nothing wrong with fraternities and sororities as long as their members are capable of partying like civilized (and potentially educated) human beings instead of like drunken hooligans. Maybe some of them could start a nice softball team?

I cannot imagine where I would be without my sorority at UW. The friendships and connections I have made will stay with me the rest of my life. It inspired me to excel in life, family, philanthropy and education.

I didn't join a sorority because I didn't want to limit myself to only a certain group of people. Plus I've always had a negative opinion of the Greek system such as partiers. So it's nice to hear when they do good things.

I don't regret joining the greek system and I would definitely rush again if I could. I miss being in school and I value all the close relationships that I made in my fraternity, other fraternities, and sororities. I still to this day keep in touch with my friends from UW.