Being a member of fraternity or sorority is a long-standing college tradition that is a unique part of higher education in the United States. Dating back to 1776 when Phi Beta Kappa -- originally founded as a means of providing something to augment the academic lives of young men -- began at the College of William and Mary, Greek Life offers a storied past that spans many generations. Often dubbed “social” organizations, our organizations were founded as a means of providing structure to the out-of-class experiences of collegians and a means of connecting to other through networks of peers.
Greek Life at Michigan State dates back to 1872 when Delta Tau Delta developed a local chapter of their fraternity on our campus. Since then, more than 70 social sororities and fraternities have recruited members from our student population. Our oldest active chapters on campus date back to 1922 when Alpha Gamma Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Alpha Phi first colonized chapters in East Lansing.
Now organized into four separate governing bodies, or “Councils,” at MSU, Greek Life can offer a home to nearly anyone. There are currently 52 sorority or fraternity chapters at Michigan State that belong to one of the four councils. Each chapter and council has its own distinct personality and offers a different twist on the common values of scholarship, leadership, service, philanthropy, and fraternity (more commonly referred to as brotherhood or sisterhood).
As we look forward, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils hope to continue to offer a means of improving the lives and quality of our members through our various programs and events. While doing so, we are elected to provide leadership to our interfraternal community, to serve as liaisons to our external campus and community partners, to facilitate a network of communication between our member chapters, and to provide a system of accountability through our mutually defined values and beliefs. In an era of change for colleges and universities across the United States, we hope not just to keep up, but to set the pace.