Most students’ involvement with Greek life doesn’t extend beyond the occasional party. There are no sorority houses, supposedly because of Massachusetts’ ancient “blue laws,” which made it illegal for more than five unrelated women to live together (these laws were actually repealed). All of the fraternities are on Mission Hill, which is about a mile away from campus.
The Greek scene is easy to get to, but when it gets cold in the winter, many students feel that it’s not worth the hike for what could very well be a mediocre party. At the beginning of each semester, there is Rush Week, when students can visit with the different houses and receive bids. Greek life seems to work for those who participate in it, but students can enjoy themselves just fine without it.