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Greek Life

More than 30 percent of students join a fraternity or sorority to enhance their feeling of community and build ongoing connections. With more than 50 to choose from, it's easy to find one that matches your interests or goals.

Greek life students pose for a group photo at the Orange Grove in autumn

Students join a fraternity or sorority for a variety of reasons:

  • to develop leadership skills
  • to find opportunities for service
  • to enjoy the camaraderie of brotherhood or sisterhood
  • to bond with others through shared interests, goals, or identities

Our long history of Greek-lettered organizations began in 1871, when Delta Kappa Epsilon became Syracuse University’s first fraternity. Our first sorority, Alpha Phi followed in 1872, and our multicultural chapters are some of the oldest in New York State. Today, over 50 organizations make up the Greek community on our campus, and they are as diverse as its members.

As a member of a sorority or fraternity, you’ll join a group that values leadership, diversity, growth, and scholarship. You’ll help sponsor activities for members, contribute to community service projects, and live by a set of values set forth by your organization.


To join a fraternity or sorority, you must:

  • Be a current, full-time student in good standing with the University
  • Have earned at least 12 Syracuse University credits
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA