About Fraternity and Sorority Life

NIU is home to 41 social fraternities and sororities. There are more than 1,600 members in our Greek community. Fraternities and sororities are often referred to as "Greek Life" on college campuses.

  • The use of Greek letters by organizations dates back to the founding of the first fraternities in the 1700s.
  • Each letter stands for a part of an organization's motto.
  • The meanings of the mottos are revealed when you join an organization.

Our Values

Our fraternity/sorority community prioritizes the following:

  • Service
  • Scholarship
  • Siblinghood
  • Leadership
  • Cultural awareness

We work to uphold these values by keeping students accountable for academics, encouraging them to go to other chapters' events and requiring 80% of a chapter's members to attend diversity/equity training.