“You’ll have no social life unless you go Greek.” Sound familiar? Roll your eyes at the warnings all you want, but some college towns would be nothing without their beloved frat parties and Greek life traditions. With all those foreign letters, Greek life can get pretty confusing. Luckily, CM is here to help you sort it all out. We took a look at the places with the highest participation, the best parties and most effective philanthropies. Here are the schools where this caution is worth listening to.
WE ARE…miracle-workers. Penn State boasts the honor of hosting Thon (short for Dance Marathon), an event where students stand on their feet for 46 hours to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The Lions aren’t the only ones to host a Dance Marathon event, but theirs is by far the largest; last year the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council raised $13.34 million, all for the kids. When they’re not being philanthropic, they’re celebrating at crazy football games or out on the bar scene. “Greek life is doing things at least Wednesday through Saturday night,” said Penn State sophomore Max Winn. Penn State’s most notable party is State Patty’s Day, a fake holiday for students to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at school because the holiday used to fall over a break. Police have tried everything to shut State Patty’s Day Down, but their spirit just can’t be diminished.