Welcome to the Penn Greek Community

History and General Information

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Panhellenic Council(PHC)

Intercultural Greek Council(IGC)

Welcome to the Penn Greek Community!

Greek organizations offer friendship, respect, and support to all members. Each chapter's ritual provides ideals and values which will serve as a foundation for your life. Additionally, fraternities and sororities offer leadership opportunities that can challenge and prepare you for whatever your future holds.

If you seek greater leadership opportunities outside of your chapter, you can run for office on the Multicultural Greek Council, the Interfraternity Council or the Panhellenic Council. These councils are the umbrella organizations which govern their respective member chapters. They also coordinate activities, programs, and events for the Greek community as well as the Penn and West Philadelphia communities.

The Greek community provides experiences that create well-rounded students. Being involved in one of these organizations provides you with chances to work with students from different and diverse backgrounds. It provides leadership training, social development and interaction with University alumni/ae and administrators. Greek Life offers members a place to call home, a way to give back to the community, and most importantly, a sense of belonging to the University that you can find nowhere else.  Friendship, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Memories and Experiences�. Greek life is where it all can be found.  

History and General Information


In 1849, twenty four years after the founding of Kappa Alpha Society at Union College in New York, the University of Pennsylvania's first Greek letter society, Delta Phi, was established . Within the next two years, Zeta Psi, Delta Psi, and Phi Kappa Sigma, the only national fraternity to be founded at Penn, were founded. Thus began, Penn's Greek system, a system that is now proudly 165 years strong.

Today at Penn there are fifty three Greek social fraternity and sorority chapters, thirty chapters in the Interfraternity Council, nine chapters in the Panhellenic Council and fourteen chapters in the Multicultural Greek Council. Currently, the overall number of students actively involved in our Greek system, comprises more than twenty-five percent of the total undergraduate student population at Penn

The Fraternity Sorority System provides a living/learning environment that has proven to be an integral part of the Penn collegiate experience. Many chapters have houses where members live, eat, study and build fellowship. Other chapters use meeting spaces provided by our office for group study sessions, organizational meetings and to help implement their various programming needs.

The Penn Greek System continually expands and adapts to the constantly changing University and its students. Current chapters and colonies thrive under our multi faceted advisement milieu, while new National groups continue to show strong interest in joining the system. Although nationwide constant challenges remain that at times can be very daunting to Greek chapters, the University of Pennsylvania Greek system continues to be a national model of cooperation between undergraduate leaders and Penn administrators. All signs indicate that the strength of Greek letter organizations at Penn will continue long into the next 150 years.

The Greek system at Penn is overseen by the Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity Sorority Life, a division of the Office of the Vice Provost of University Life. We have an experienced and dedicated professional staff to help manage both the programming and facilities aspects to Greek life. Our staff also serves as resources to guide students to the various support systems here at Penn designed to make their collegiate experience the best that it can be.

IFC Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council is the governing body overseeing the 28 fraternity chapters on Penn's campus.  The IFC's purpose is threefold:

First, the IFC serves as the governing body for the community.  The Council, which consists one representative from each chapter and the Executive Board, passes and enforces regulations and policies for the fraternity system.

Secondly, the IFC advocates and represents the members of the fraternity system.  The Council meets with other groups on campus and the administration to ensure the needs of fraternity members are heard on campus.

Finally, the IFC works to strengthen the fraternity community and build ties to the larger Greek community on Penn's campus.  While each chapter offers a unique and valuable experience, one of the greatest assets of Greek life at Penn is the resources and support network provided by the community as a whole.

Through these roles, the Interfraternity Council seeks to support the fraternity chapters in their quest to create a positive experience for all members during their time at Penn academically, philanthropically and socially.

For more information about IFC, click here. Please explore the site to learn about the fraternity community at Penn, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

IFC Member Chapters

Alpha Chi Rho- ACR

Alpha Delta Phi Society- ADF

Alpha Sigma Phi- ASF

Alpha Tau Omega- ATW

Beta Theta Pi- BQP

Delta Kappa Epsilon- DKE

Delta Phi--St Elmo's Club- DF

Delta Psi--St. Anthony Hall- DY

Delta Tau Delta- DTD

Kappa Alpha Society- KA

Kappa Sigma- KS

Lambda Chi Alpha- LCA

Phi Delta Theta- FDQ

Phi Gamma Delta- FGD

Phi Kappa Psi- FKY

Phi Sigma Kappa- FSK

Pi Kappa Alpha- PKA

Pi Lambda Phi- PLF

Psi Upsilon- YU

Sigma Alpha Epsilon- SAE

Sigma Alpha Mu- SAM

Sigma Chi- SC

Sigma Nu- SN

Sigma Phi Epsilon- SFE

Tau Epsilon Phi- TEF

Zeta Beta Tau- ZBT

Zeta Psi - ZY

PHC Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council serves as the umbrella organization over the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit the Panhellenic website.  
Panhellenic recruitment registration will be open from October 1, 2015 until 12am on January 1, 2016.

For more information on the Panhellenic sororities and their recruitment process, see our 2015 Panhellenic Recruitment flipbook.


Alpha Delta Pi- ADP

Alpha Phi- AF

Chi Omega- CW

Delta Delta Delta- DDD

Kappa Alpha Theta- KAQ

Sigma Delta Tau - SDT

Sigma Kappa- SK

Zeta Tau Alpha- ZTA

IGC Intercultural Greek Council

The Intercultural Greek Council is going through a rebrand! Formerly known as the Multicultural Greek Council, this council is the umbrella organization that governs the Historically African-American, Latino and Latina, and Asian Greek letter organizations at the University of Pennsylvania. The Council serves as the governing body of those organizations whose sole purpose is to promote community service, social activities, co-sponsor educational and cultural forums, and promote awareness through its involvement in the Penn and Philadelphia communities.


Alpha Kappa Alpha- AKA

alpha Kappa Delta Phi- aKDF

Alpha Phi Alpha- AFA

Kappa Alpha Psi- KAY

Lambda Phi Epsilon- LFE

Lambda Theta Alpha- LQA

Lambda Upsilon Lambda- LUL

Phi Beta Sigma- FBS

Sigma Beta Rho- SBR

Sigma Lambda Upsilon- SLU

Sigma Psi Zeta- SYZ

Zeta Phi Beta- ZFB