College of William & Mary fraternity and sorority system
The College of William & Mary fraternity and sorority system recognizes chapters of national organizations belonging to the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and also recognizes one local fraternity without Greek letters (Queens' Guard) and the local chapter of one national fraternity (Kappa Sigma) that abandoned membership in an inter-Greek consortium. The school also offers a variety of honor and co-ed service fraternities as well. The United States' first known collegiate fraternity was founded at the College of William & Mary on December 5, 1776. Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society which is still the highest academic honor a college student can be awarded. Some fraternities and/or sororities are limited to graduate students at William & Mary, while others may only be joined at the undergraduate level. Other Greek-letter organizations operate without recognition or approval from college administrators.
Six on-campus fraternity houses are located in the same complex of interconnected buildings known as "The Units". Each house, which can hold up to 36 occupants, has access to a patio area as well as a large social room for official fraternity events. One on-campus fraternity, AEΠ, is located in the lodges, while the Delta Phi fraternity has its own house on Armistead Ave., adjacent to sorority court. Additionally, beginning in the fall of 2010, four fraternities relocated to the college's slightly off-campus complex, known as the Ludwell Apartments. Each organization shall occupy a single building, consisting of a number of apartments.
Beginning in the Fall of 2013, 11 new fraternity houses and a Greek community center will be built. Each of these buildings will house 17 men.
All sororities are located off-campus in a complex known as "Sorority Court" on Richmond Road directly across from the Wren Building and the President's House. There are twelve individual houses in the area with eleven of them used by sororities (the other is a fraternity). Sorority Court is within walking distance of Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg and the campus quad, the Sunken Garden.
As of the end of the 2007–08 academic calendar year, 25% of undergraduate men and 27% of undergraduate women participated in the Greek system. The average fraternity size was 38 while the average sorority size was 70.
- Note: Numbers after the dashes indicate the fraternity's or sorority's year of its national founding.
- 1 IFC social fraternities
- 2 Suspended or inactive fraternities
- 3 Panhellenic social sororities
- 4 Suspended or inactive sororities
- 5 National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities
- 6 Non-affiliated social fraternities
- 7 Honor and service fraternities and sororities
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- Alpha Epsilon Pi (ΑΕΠ) – 1913
- Alpha Tau Omega (ΑΤΏ) – 1865
- Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) – 1839
- Chi Phi (ΧΦ) – 1824
- Delta Chi (ΔΧ) – 1890
- Delta Phi (ΔΦ) – 1827
- Kappa Alpha Order (ΚΑ) – 1865
- Kappa Delta Rho (ΚΔΡ) – 1905
- Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ) - 1869
- Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ) – 1868
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ) – 1856
- Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) – 1855
- Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ) – 1901
- Sigma Pi (ΣΠ) – 1897
Suspended or inactive fraternities
- Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ) – 1909 (Suspended since 2013)
- Theta Delta Chi - 1847 (ΘΔΧ) (Inactive since 2012)
- Phi Kappa Tau (ΦΚΤ) (2012)
- Sigma Nu (ΣΝ)
- Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ)
- Psi Upsilon (ΨΥ)
- Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΏ) – 1885
- Chi Omega (ΧΏ) – 1895
- Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ) – 1888
- Delta Gamma (ΔΓ) – 1873
- Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) – 1874
- Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ) – 1870
- Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) – 1897
- Kappa Kappa Gamma (ΚΚΓ) – 1870
- Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) – 1867
Suspended or inactive sororities
- Phi Mu (ΦΜ) – 1852 (Inactive since 2012 as a result of low membership)
National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities
- Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) – 1906
- Delta Sigma Theta (ΔΣΘ) – 1913
- Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚAΨ) – 1911
- Phi Beta Sigma (ΦΒΣ) – 1914
- Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ) – 1922
- Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) – 1920
- Queens' Guard – 1961; the only non-Greek social fraternity at William & Mary; not a national organization as its only chapter exists at the College
Honor and service fraternities and sororities
- Alpha Kappa Psi (ΑΚΨ) – 1904; co-ed professional business fraternity
- Alpha Lambda Delta (ΑΓΔ) – 1924; co-ed freshman year honor society
- Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΏ) – 1925; co-ed service fraternity
- Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΏ) – 1925; co-ed theatre fraternity
- Beta Gamma Sigma (ΒΓΣ) – 1913; co-ed business fraternity
- Delta Omicron (ΔΟ) – 1909; co-ed music fraternity
- Eta Sigma Phi (ΗΣΦ) – 1924; co-ed classical honor society
- Kappa Delta Pi (ΚΔΠ) – 1911; co-ed international education honor society
- Nu Kappa Epsilon (NKE) – 1994; female-only music sorority*
- Phi Alpha Delta (ΦΑΔ) – 1902; co-ed professional law fraternity
- Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) – 1921; co-ed history honor society
- Phi Beta Delta Society (ΦΒΔ) – 1986; co-ed international studies honor society
- Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦΒΚ) – 1776; co-ed academic honor society*
- Phi Eta Sigma (ΦHΣ) – 1923; co-ed freshman honor society
- Phi Mu Alpha (ΦMΑ) – 1898; male-only musical social fraternity
- Phi Sigma Pi (ΦΣΠ) – 1916; co-ed academic honor society
- Pi Delta Phi (ΠΔΦ) – 1967; co-ed French honor society
- Pi Gamma Mu (ΠΓΜ) – 1924; co-ed social sciences honor society*
- Pi Sigma Alpha (ΦΣΑ) – 1920; co-ed political science honor society
- Psi Chi (ΨX) – 1929; co-ed psychology honor society
- Sigma Gamma Epsilon (ΣΓΕ) – 1915; co-ed earth sciences honor society
- *Original charter founded at the College of William & Mary
- The College of William & Mary Fraternity/Sorority Life – Greek Chapters. Accessed September 30, 2008.
- Information on "Omega Beta Delta" from the Office of Greek Life. (PDF) 20 August 2008. Retrieved on 17 February 2010.
- Fraternity Council. The College of William & Mary. Retrieved on 17 February 2010.
- . The Flat Hat. Retrieved on 31 July 2010.
- on New Fraternity Housing. Retrieved on 5 May 2013.