Fraternity & Sorority Life

Duke Greek History

Fraternities and sororities have historically been a large part of campus life at Duke University by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties, and performing community service. They are known for providing leadership opportunities and fostering a sense of belonging among a large student body. The first fraternities and sororities on campus were a part of Trinity College (1859-1924), the precursor to Duke University. The earliest fraternity chapter on campus was the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Nu, chartered in 1871(at Trinity College, then located in Randolph County, N.C.). The earliest sorority chapter on campus (then Trinity College) was the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, chartered in 1911.

Fraternities and sororities at Duke are governed by the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association. The Interfraternity Council at Duke University is the local umbrella organization for fraternities of the North American Interfraternity Conference at Duke University. The Multicultural Greek Council is the governing body for special interest or culturally-based fraternities and sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the governing body for historically African American fraternities and sororities at Duke University. The Duke Panhellenic Association is the organizing body of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus.

This information was taken from the Duke University Archives.