Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life 

Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life at Northern Illinois University!

Mission: The mission of Fraternity & Sorority Life staff is to advocate for fraternities and sororities within the Northern Illinois University community, and promote an understanding of organization and individual member responsibilities in accordance with University rules and regulations. Fraternity & Sorority Life serves as a catalyst for encouraging fraternities and sororities to provide their members with experiences that lead to enhanced personal and professional growth, development and education. 

NPHC BBQ 2013 SigEp award 2015
APhi circle 2015 Trick or Treat with the Greeks 2014

NIU is home to 45 social fraternities and sororities, with nearly 1,700 members in our Greek community - about 11% of all undergraduates. 

Fraternities and sororities are often referred to as "Greek Life" on college campuses.

  • Organizations using Greek letters date back to the founding of the first fraternities in the 1700s
  • Each letter stands for a part of an organization's motto
  • Meanings of the mottos are revealed when you join an organization

All Greek-letter organizations are founded upon three main principles to help students as they navigate through life at college:

  • Academic achievement/scholastic excellence
  • Service to the greater community
  • Bonding and lifelong friendships through brotherhood and sisterhood
IFC Tugs 2013

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

  • Home to 14 men's fraternities

  • Organizations range in size from 15 - 110 members

NPHC members 2014

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

  • Known nationally as the Divine Nine

  • Home to 4 women's sororities and 4 men's fraternities

  • Groups range in size from 3 - 25 members

Alpha Delta Pi sorority Relay for Life 2015

Panhellenic Association (PHA)

  • Home to 9 women's sororities

    • 7 national Panhellenic sororities
    • 1 local sorority
    • 1 national Latina sorority
  • Groups range in size from 15 - 95 members

UGC Presidents 2015

United Greek Council (UGC)

  • Home to 14 organizations, including:

    • men's fraternities
    • women's sororities
    • co-ed fraternities
  • Groups range in size from 3 - 40 members

  • All UGC chapters hold multiculturalism as an important organizational value