Fraternity and Sorority Life
Mission: In the spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood, Allegheny College Fraternity and Sorority Life upholds a commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service while maintaining pride and respect between its members, the College, and local communities.
Chapters: There are a total of ten nationally affiliated social Greek-letter organizations active on campus and approximately thirty percent of Allegheny students are members of a fraternity or sorority. The fraternities recognized on campus are Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Theta Chi. The sororities recognized on campus are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The community will welcome Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity to campus in fall 2012 as they begin the recolonization process!
Eligibility: Students are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority after completing one semester at Allegheny and earning a GPA that meets the requirement of the chapter they wish to join (GPA requirements vary for each chapter, but no student may join a fraternity or sorority if his/her cumulative GPA is below a 2.25). Fraternities hold recruitment events during the fall semester to meet interested potential new members, and women wishing to join a sorority participate in the formal recruitment process that begins at the beginning of the spring semester.
Involvement: Members of fraternities and sororities are extremely active in their chapters and in other organizations on campus. Chapters typically complete over 7,000 hours of community service each year. Academically, members of fraternities and sororities perform at or above the all-College GPA average. The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council work together to plan annual events including Greek Week, Greek Sing, and SAMS (Students for the Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis) to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Traditions: The fraternity and sorority community at Allegheny represents over 150 years of leadership, campus involvement, academic excellence, community service and social development. While each chapter has its own unique history and traditions, our community shares Allegheny-specific traditions such as Run-Out (where each chapter introduces its new members to the campus) and pinnings on Brooks balcony (where a chapter member gives his/her badge to a significant other during a chapter ceremony).
Housing: The sororities have chapter suites on the fourth floor of Brooks residence hall. These suites serve as large meeting and programming spaces and are used for various sorority activities. Four of the five fraternities have houses, and men may choose to live in their respective fraternity house after completing their first year at Allegheny to fulfill the on-campus residency requirement.