Fraternity & Sorority Life
Denison’s fraternity and sorority community strives to be a model of excellence through individuals, chapters, and councils that perpetually strives for congruence in word and deed with the prescribed and shared principles of fraternity. It is Denison’s vision that individuals, chapters, and councils demonstrate all of the values to which they pledged.
Today our community has grown to over 34% of Denison students, within 21 greek-lettered organizations, and 4 governing councils. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), Panhellenic Council (PHC), and the interfraternity Council (IFC) pride themselves on individuality, while recognizing common values and principles.
Scholarship, leadership, civic responsibility, and friendship are the community values that guide fraternity and sorority life.
- Chapter Advisors — are alumni/ae of each organization who are appointed by an inter/national officer to supervise and support the programming and operations of each undergraduate chapter
- Advisory Teams — are composed of additional advisors, often in specific operational areas, that form a committee chaired by the chapter advisor
- Faculty Advisors — are Denison faculty or staff members who volunteer their time to guide and mentor a chapter. Every campus organization is required to have at least one Denison advisor.
Families- Welcome to Fraternity and Sorority Life at Denison University!
Fraternity and sorority life plays a critical role in a vibrant campus community at Denison— it prepares our graduates with the knowledge, skills, and cultural and social competencies to lead and succeed in a rapidly changing world. At Denison, we welcome your role as a partner in your student’s educational experience. Your support is essential in helping your student tap into resources across the University.
There are many ways that you as a parent or family member can get involved in your student’s fraternity or sorority experience. We encourage you to research each chapter to learn more about membership requirements and financial obligations. Here, you will also find information about each chapter at Denison, with links to their National Organization as well.
Students affiliated with fraternities and sororities have pledged to live up to the shared values of the organization and the fraternity and sorority community— Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Friendship. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events and programs that directly connect to these values. Whether they are building essential leadership skills in the Emerging Leaders Program, or hosting a social event with their organization, we aim to provide a learning environment for your students. We know that fraternity and sorority membership provides a home away from home, and life-long friendships.
At Denison, we welcome the opportunity for students to join recognized greek-letter organizations. If you believe that your student has been recruited or is a member of an unrecognized organization, please contact the Fraternity and Sorority Life or Student Development staff. Read our statements on unrecognized organizations and view a list of unrecognized organizations at Denison.
Students will have opportunities to get to know all of Denison’s 21 greek-letter organizations in the fall semester, including at the Campus Organization Involvement Fair, Fraternity & Sorority Life pre-recruitment events, and through events hosted by the organizations. We encourage your students to get to know the organization, their values, and how their personal values align with the organization and its members.
We look forward to meeting your student!
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What is Fraternity & Sorority Life?
“Fraternity/Sorority Life” is typically a commonly used term to describe the community of fraternities and sororities on a college campus. Sororities represent female members of the Greek community and Fraternities refer to male organizations. Fraternity/Sorority Life as a whole involves the furthering of principles such as sisterhood/brotherhood, service, scholarship, and leadership.
Members of the Fraternity/Sorority Life community are exposed to a support network that provides them with life skills, social experiences, and the opportunity for growth in their college careers. Each sorority and fraternity on campus represents an individual chapter of a larger national organization, and brings these national ideals to campus. Every chapter is unique in the values they hold most dear and the individuals they encompass.
The fraternity and sorority community operates in a self-governance model, led by four governing councils. The councils exist to govern and program for the fraternity/sorority organizations and their members. The goal of the councils is development, structure, continued improvement, and enhancement for approximately 700 affiliated students on campus. The official councils and chapters at Denison University are listed below.
Denison University’s programs, offerings, events and arrangements are subject to change in the event of exigent circumstances, including the ongoing COVID-19 situation.