We are Penn Greeks!
With nearly 40 organizations and 3,000 members, our community offers a wide range of sororities, fraternities, and co-ed organizations to join.
We believe that when we work together, fraternities and sororities have the power to catalyze change and give voice to students. We uphold high standards of integrity and respect, promote inclusion, and provide service to make a difference in the community.
Greek Life Calendar of Events
This initiative connects fraternities and sororities on campus to our colleagues at Penn. By volunteering for this opportunity, you will work closely with a specific fraternity or sorority for the academic year.
Please contact Jánae Tucker for more information and/or to express your interest in this program.
We are the forward-thinking leaders of the fraternity and sorority community at Penn, and we’re here to reinvent the meaning of Greek. Our maverick approach to a centuries-old tradition heralds a new age of progressive thought– and action– on campus.
The first Greek organization at Penn was established in 1849. Sororities and fraternities everywhere are steeped in the rituals from their origins, the architecture for their traditions and present-day structure . Our organizations provide a foundation of transformational leadership that today centers on holistic education and experiential learning.
We’re guided from foundation to the forefront by our values and ethics. When we take the helm, we aim our sights high and map out our goals. We navigate the challenges that cross our path, and if we don’t make it to our destination, we take our bearings, and choose a new direction.
From the start, we were designed to forge strong and authentic relationships. Today those connections span beyond our brothers and sisters, to the campus community to provide a supportive network of resources. The importance we place on these relationships, and the accessible, inclusive spaces those partnerships create, are what make us grow– together.
We are a community with a cause, motivating our members to take the reins and implement change through service and philanthropy. Each year we welcome a new class of students to our Greek community, where we encourage them to harness their energy and passion, and provide them with the support system they need to positively influence the campus culture and local community.
Statement of Philosophy
Our philosophy for an optimal fraternal experience is through an active, four-way partnership with:
- Each chapter and its leadership;
- Alumni/ae members through advisory boards and house corporations;
- Inter/national headquarters;
- The University of Pennsylvania, through collaboration with its many offices and resources
This network is essential in providing maximum support to the undergraduate chapter members and leaders, and provides a strong, consistent message for all involved.
What is Hazing?
There are many different definitions of hazing which exist within the Penn community. Many people assume that if an activity has willing participants and will not be fatal that it does not count as hazing. That is incorrect. Much of hazing comes down to issues of power and exploiting that dynamic within a student organization.
The University of Pennsylvania is an inclusive community in which we learn from the research, ideas, and experiences of other people on campus and around the world. We value open expression and the learning that comes from civil and rigorous debate. We also value and respect the dignity and worth of all members of our community. At times individuals or groups may believe they have experienced discrimination or bias or were negatively impacted by the actions of another member of the Penn community.