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Fraternities and Sororities 

Fraternities and sororities are part of a long-standing tradition at Colgate, dating back to the first fraternity charter adopted in 1856. Roughly a third of all Colgate students are involved in Greek life.
Members of Delta Delta Delta at Homecoming
The fraternity and sorority community at Colgate University is comprised of eight internationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Many students find that joining a fraternity or sorority provides them a home away from home and a foundation upon which to build a new and exciting future. In addition, the fraternity and sorority community opens many doors by providing leadership, academic, athletic, service and interpersonal opportunities. The decision to join a Greek letter organization is a lifelong commitment.

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising

MEET OUR TEAMOur office works to support Greek letter organizations and their membership achieve success under the Organizations of Excellence goals as outlined in the Student Organization Relationship Statement. These goals serve to enhance campus life, create opportunities for social interaction, and foster personal growth. Students must be at least a sophomore to join a fraternity or sorority at Colgate University.

Organizations of Excellence Goals

Intellectual development
Promoting reflection and making connections between academics and the broader world through dialogue, idea exchange and interactions with multiple stakeholders.
Citizenship, leadership and service
Developing a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by contributing to greater social awareness and positive social change, engaging in direct service at Colgate and in surrounding communities, facilitating opportunities to develop ethical and articulate leaders.
Diversity, access and inclusion
Treating all members of the Colgate community fairly, welcoming students of all backgrounds, collaborating with other groups, encouraging expression of various beliefs/backgrounds within group, promoting discovery of new perspectives, and organizing events with broad appeal.
Personal growth, health, and wellness
Expressing a commitment to their members’ well-being and structuring programs to support a healthy lifestyle.
Accountability
Instilling pride and responsibility for the organization’s actions, upholding a clear mission, providing high expectations and transparency, and promoting opportunities for meaningful reflection.
Lifelong connections
Encouraging social interaction among members, facilitating continuity and evolution of the organization, honoring and developing constructive traditions, fostering peer learning, and connecting with active alumni mentors and resources.