Fraternity and Sorority Life

Welcome to Fraternity and Sorority Life at Northern Illinois University!

Mission: The mission of Fraternity and 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 and 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. 






NIU is home to 45 social fraternities and sororities, with more than 1,600 members in our Greek community. 

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 through brotherhood or sisterhood


Interfraternity Council (IFC)

  • Home to 14 men's fraternities
  • Organizations range in size from 15 - 110 members


National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

  • Known as the Divine Nine
  • Home to 3 women's sororities and 5 men's fraternities
  • Groups range in size from 3 - 25 members

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 groupUnited 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




Quick Links




Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment is in September, register for 2018 recruitment now!

Panhellenic Recruitment Registration

Interfraternity Council Fraternity Recruitment is the second week of class in the fall semester. Click below to register!

IFC Recruitment Registration

NPHC "Divine Nine" recruitment varies by organization - contact chapters for meeting dates.

United Greek Council recruitment varies by organization - contact chapters for meeting dates.

NPHC Yard Project

Move-in Day Volunteer Sign Up

Organizations not recognized by NIU:

  • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity