Fraternity & Sorority Life at Penn
- Welcome to the Penn Greek Community
- History and General Information
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Panhellenic Council(PHC)
- Intercultural Greek Council(IGC)
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. 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 Intercultural 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.
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 forty eight Greek social fraternity and sorority chapters, twenty seven chapters in the Interfraternity Council, eight chapters in the Panhellenic Council and eleven chapters in the Intercultural 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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
PHC Member Chapters
- 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
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.
IGC Member Chapters
- 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
- Omega Psi Phi- WYF
- Sigma Lambda Upsilon- SLU
- Sigma Beta Rho- SBR
- Sigma Psi Zeta- SYZ
- Zeta Phi Beta- ZFB
Inactive: Phi Beta Sigma- FBS