Unlike many schools, James Madison's Greek system does not dominate the social life on campus. Yes, fraternity parties are popular among the occasional freshman crowd, but apartment parties are just as popular. However, JMU takes pride in their fraternities and sororities, even concluding each academic year with Greek Sing, an event that allows members of each organization to express themselves in both a singing and dancing format. With the Greek community including more than 1,000 students, sorority and fraternity members come for the true spirit of song and dance.
The aggressive frat boy and the stereotypical "biddie" do exist, but not in large quantities. The letters are present but not necessarily in your face. Rather, if a student chooses to be involved with Greek life or acquaint themselves with it, it’s a piece of cake. Many fraternities and sororities are partly community service organizations with their support of the Harrisonburg community. The Greek system carries integrity and honesty, and it programs many JMU activities around campus by advertising in the Commons. Co-ed fraternities, in particular, make it their mission to combat the issues of hazing that plague Greek life.