Princeton Bans Frosh From Fraternity and Sorority Rush

August 24, 2011

Princeton University announced Tuesday that it is banning freshmen from participating in rush for fraternities and sororities. Princeton's Greek system is not recognized by the university, and students live in campus housing. Eating clubs (to which students belong as juniors and seniors) have been the source of much debate at Princeton over the years, but fraternities have gained popularity recently. President Shirley M. Tilghman, in a letter to new students, explained the rationale for the new policy. "[T]he decision to prohibit freshman year affiliation and recruitment is driven primarily by a conviction that social and residential life at Princeton should continue to revolve around the residential colleges, the eating clubs, and the shared experience of essentially all undergraduates living and dining on campus."

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