Since CCNY is a commuter college, Greek life has less meaning here than at traditional schools. Still, sororities and fraternities are on campus, and they do serve a purpose. For many young freshmen who enter City, Greek life offers an opportunity to have a support system that might be missing at home. Many students' parents work long hours to put their children through school, and this leaves a void at home that the Greeks are able to fill. Unlike other colleges where hazing and other roughhousing are the Greek life norm, the City chapters are interested in breaking free from that image. Instead of humiliating acts to gain membership, the potential fraternity brothers are asked to present a rose to the girls around campus. The gesture is sweet and shows chivalry that is missing in today's world.
Greek life fosters a communal environment that is otherwise lacking at City College. With people constantly on the move, it is nice to know that there are people who care about your well being and who are interested in your success. This kind of community helps prepare students for success in school and provides assistance if there are school troubles. Ultimately, Greek life is not just a college thing; it allows for the development of lifelong bonds.