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. Often dubbed “social” organizations, 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, more than 70 social sororities and fraternities have recruited members from our student population. 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.After 141 years of existence, on November 19th 2013, the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, National Pan-Hellenic and Independent Greek Councils officially became recognized by Michigan State University.
Now organized into four separate governing bodies, or “Councils,” at MSU, Greek Life can offer a home to nearly anyone. There are currently 52 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).