The Frattiest Colleges in America

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There are plenty of stereotypes attached to Greek life on college campuses. Some believe fraternities and sororities are nothing more than social clubs that drink their weekends away, with the obligatory community service event squeezed into the schedule on occasion. Horror stories of hazing and embarrassing scandals paint fraternities in a bad light to outsiders as well.

While these instances are undoubtedly troubling, a clearer depiction of normal fraternity life is much more tame. Fraternities raise millions of dollars in philanthropic endeavors, and qualitative aspects of going Greek - such as job connections and developing early college friendships - are hard to deny. When evaluating whether Greek life is right for you, it's important to weigh both sides of the coin.

Using 2015 data from Wintergreen college surveys, StartClass found the colleges with the highest percentage of involvement in social fraternities among male students. In all, 892 schools responded to the Wintergreen survey. We wanted to focus on larger colleges, so we only included schools with at least 5,000 students for this list. Colleges are ranked by the percentage of male students that are in social fraternities.

#25. Washington University in St. Louis

Percentage of male students in fraternities: 25 percent
Number of fraternities: 10
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 9

#24. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Percent of male students in fraternities: 26 percent
Number of fraternities: 29
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 17

#23. The University of Alabama

Percent of male students in fraternities: 26 percent
Number of fraternities: 38
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 29

#22. Cornell University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 27 percent
Number of fraternities: 42
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 34

#21. College of William and Mary

Percent of male students in fraternities: 27 percent
Number of fraternities: 17
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 12

#20. Emory University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 28 percent
Number of fraternities: 17
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 11

#19. Chapman University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 28 percent
Number of fraternities: 9
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 0

#18. Creighton University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 28 percent
Number of fraternities: 5
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 0

#17. Northwestern University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 29 percent
Number of fraternities: 23
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 17

#16. Duke University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 29 percent
Number of fraternities: 15
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 0

#15. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Percent of male students in fraternities: 30 percent
Number of fraternities: 29
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 25

#14. University of Pennsylvania

Percent of male students in fraternities: 30 percent
Number of fraternities: 32
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 26

#13. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Percent of male students in fraternities: 30 percent
Number of fraternities: 13
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 13

#12. Tulane University of Louisiana

Percent of male students in fraternities: 31 percent
Number of fraternities: 12
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 9

#11. Bradley University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 32 percent
Number of fraternities: 17
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 15

#10. Vanderbilt University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 32 percent
Number of fraternities: 17
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: Did not report

#9. University of Mississippi

Percent of male students in fraternities: 33 percent
Number of fraternities: 16
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 16

#8. Southern Methodist University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 33 percent
Number of fraternities: 13
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 10

#7. Case Western Reserve University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 34 percent
Number of fraternities: 17
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 14

#6. Wake Forest University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 39 percent
Number of fraternities: 14
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 0

#5. Lehigh University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 40 percent
Number of fraternities: 20
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 17

#4. Texas Christian University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 41 percent
Number of fraternities: 20
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 10

#3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Percent of male students in fraternities: 39 percent
Number of fraternities: 27
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 26

#2. Harding University

Percent of male students in fraternities: 50 percent
Number of fraternities: 14
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 0

#1. Dartmouth College

Percent of male students in fraternities: 61 percent
Number of fraternities: 15
Number of fraternities with chapter houses: 15


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