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The Greek system was a fantastic part of my college experience. It was a wonderful way for me to get involved with a smaller group at such a large school. I made lifelong friends and have amazing memories. I can't imagine my college experience without my sorority. One great thing about having such a large Greek system is that there is a place for everyone who wants it—the group is widely diverse. I can't say enough about how important the Greek system is at the UW.


The Greek system was a wonderful way to create a smaller community within the vast community that is the University of Washington. Being a new student (at the time) this was a crucial element to my success as a university student.


The Greek system was an incredible way to integrate into the huge UW community. The academic programs helped me pick classes, study well and succeed in my area. It was definitely a positive experience.


The most striking Greek phenomenon I experienced was the constant state of defense I sensed from Greek members and representatives when they discussed Greek life. I was never sure whether to pity the organizations for enduring overwhelming negative stereotypes, or to take this as a warning—that the system was so riddled with flaws that it needed defense before attacks even began.


The personal support of a small group at a large institution was a major contribution to my success ar the UW. The friendships made in the fraternity are a lasting value for more than 40 years. The teamwork and values learned there are still influencing me today.


The sad thing about group living, whether dorm or frat, is the wild parties. That said, the value of intimacy, camaraderie, positive reinforcement, cooperative learning and lifelong friendships and memories is immeasurable.


The social peer pressure exerted by members of the Greek system on incoming freshmen and sophomore members can be very detrimental and, in my particular experience, focused on developing superficial social relationships to the exclusion of more durable values.


The sorority gave me some lifelong friendships as well as teaching me some social skills that have helped me through the years.


The sorority and fraternity system had a huge impact on both my education and growth at UW, and also my later career success. In addition to providing a venue in support of education, through study tables, regular debates and discussions over different issues, and pressure to do well academically, they provided a venue for self-improvement (dress, appearance, even exercise), career skills, working as a team, leadership opportunities, and, last but definitely not least, philanthropy, through their requirements for putting in a specific amount of time doing charity work. I grew so much on a personal basis, thanks to the tremendous experience within the Greek system at UW!


The sorority experience was, and continues to be, one of the best in my life. I have made lifelong friends with interests, goals, and beliefs similar to my own; formed relationships built on education, community involvement through philanthropy, participation in UW and other Greek events and activities, and above all, we always had an overwhelming supply of trust for our fellow members and friends. We were able individually to persevere, yet we always had the reassurance that we could rely on our peers' advice, love, and support in any time of need. Three years after graduation, I continue to look to my sorority sisters for anything and everything. They are my core and I could not be the person I am without all they have given to me. I only hope the next "17% of incoming women" can attain the type of experience that I feel so privileged to have had.


The sorority helped me find a smaller community on an overwhelmingly large campus. It was also a lot less expensive than the dorms and more private since men weren't allowed past the first floor.


The sorority was an excellent opportunity to build a lasting and fruitful community.


The sorority was definitely a home away from home for me. Not only did it provide a great way to make the campus feel smaller, but it gave me the opportunity to get involved in the community, leadership opportunities, social activities, clubs, IMA sports teams and instant study groups. Our sorority prides itself on high academic standards, so for me it was a great place to grow academically and a wonderful stepping stone for achieving college and career goals. My closest friends from the UW today are still my sisters and others who I met through the UW Greek System!


The University of Washington Greek system was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I not only had an instant organization of wonderful girls that I lived with for four years, it also allowed me to get involved in numerous aspects of campus life that you would not be a part of if not in the Greek system. The Greek system not only promotes academic excellence, but it is a place where you can truly enjoy being a college student.


The UW has a huge campus and student body. The experience at the fraternity brought that down to a more manageable scale. The underage drinking that occurs at social functions in the Greek system also occurs elsewhere with college age men and women, whether it be in the dorms, private homes or in bars. The positive experiences definitely outweighed the negative for me.


The UW sororities and fraternities do great things to prepare their members for graduation and life after graduation. The skills learned while being a member of the Greek system can help with almost any career or future. The Greek system gives opportunities to many who might not have been able to take advantage of them otherwise. Social skills, planning skills and leadership skills are well explored during undergraduate and post-graduate with sororities and fraternities.


There is no comparison to the outstanding and positive influence of sorority life at the University of Washington. It was not only one of the reasons I chose to attend the school, but enhanced my overall experience through providing lifelong friendships, academic encouragement, school involvement, and overall school spirit.


These groups are exclusionary and therefore hurtful.


These organizations have a positive impact on school spirit at sporting events and other college functions. By building up support, the school benefits in the long run when it comes to receiving donations from alumni.


They are essential for large, public, first class institutions such as U-DUB.


They are much more than a place to live for four years. I have had countless job/networking opportunities as a result and learned many great leadership skills as an officer in my sorority. I also takes a huge school like UW and makes it seem like a much smaller school.


They are one of the best ways to get the true college experience in a huge university such as the University of Washington. The friendships I made in the fraternity are the ones I still have to this day. They are my business contacts, the people I rely upon, the people I invite to get-together's, the people I identify with. Outside of the education I can think of nothing more important to me about the University of Washington other than my experience in my fraternity.


They are positive in the sense that they can build lifelong communities; they become negative when those communities are based on and perpetuate inherited power, privilege, and prestige. With that in mind, fraternities and sororities embrace a range of positive and negative aspects, which can and should be moderated by the larger university community.


They are such a great environment to live in and to receive unconditional support from so many people when it comes to school and personal life. Not only are you gaining an excellent education, you are making lifelong friends and having a wonderful time.


They detract from the learning experience. Immaturity is tolerated and the individuals can't take care of themselves.


They get an unfounded bad reputation. Just as much partying goes on in the dorms. The Greeks contribute to philanthropies and have higher GPA's on average. Living in a fraternity or sorority gives you a sense of family away from home.


They provide an overall positive experience by providing an instant home and community in the midst of an overwhelmingly large university.


They should be phased out.