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History & Future

Being a member of fraternity or sorority is a long-standing college tradition that is a unique part of higher education in the United States. Dating back to 1776 when Phi Beta Kappa -- originally founded as a means of providing something to augment the academic lives of young men -- began at the College of William and Mary, Greek Life offers a storied past that spans many generations. Our organizations were founded as a means of providing structure to the out-of-class experiences of collegians and a means of connecting to other through networks of peers. 

Greek Life at Michigan State dates back to 1872 when Delta Tau Delta developed a local chapter of their fraternity on our campus. Since then, Michigan State has welcomed over 70 social sororities and fraternities. Our oldest active chapters on campus date back to 1922 when Alpha Gamma Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Alpha Phi first colonized chapters in East Lansing. On November 19th 2013, the Interfraternity Council (IFC),Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council officially became recognized by Michigan State University. Michigan State University has a thriving fraternity/sorority community that has positively impacted the student experience for nearly 145 years!

Our four governing councils of student leaders work hard to support our community and providing its members a sense of community and belonging on campus. There are currently 62 sorority or fraternity chapters at Michigan State that belong to one of the four councils. Each chapter and council has its own distinct personality and offers a different twist on the common values of scholarship, leadership, service, philanthropy, and fraternity (more commonly referred to as brotherhood or sisterhood).