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Most college fraternities require members to take an oath of secrecy. Most also have lots of symbols and insignia which carry greater significance. Usually, they advocate generic principles of good character.
This seems to be similar in format to Masonic societies.
[Note: I am not asking about external temptations resulting from Greek societies, like drinking and sex. **I am asking whether or not it is intrinsically harmful for a Catholic to take an oath in one of these societies.
It seems to me as long as you're not pledging anything that supercedes obeying your Faith it's relatively harmless.
What about joining the College Campus Catholic Ministry? FOCUS could help steer you there. Is there a Newman Association? How about starting one? I'm not trying to place a damper on your social life. If you're a serious student, I doubt you have much time to play around anyway. If you're active in the Campus Chapel/Catholic Association, I can't imagine you having any time for a fraternity besides. I guess it depends on how seriously you take your identity as a Catholic? Christ said the world would hate us as it hated Him.
If there is no Catholic presence on campus, a local parish could have a youth group where you could help out/participate in.
My best advice: Do whatever you need to to preserve your faith in four years. Losing it negates any gain from attending college. Blessings!