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Sorority & Fraternity Life

Three students walking in Arts Quad wearing Greek letter clothing

The Cornell Sorority & Fraternity community dates to the first months of University operation during the autumn of 1868. Cornell's co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White, was a strong promoter of fraternal organizations as a means of teaching self-governance to students. Today, we strive to continue that ethos.

Our office provides support and resources to the self-governed Cornell sorority and fraternity community. Sororities and fraternities are values-based social organizations, providing members with a community of peers, and personal growth opportunities through leadership development and service projects. Many of the organizations also offer a small residential living experience.

Currently, one-third of the undergraduate student body (approximately 4,500+ students) belongs to one of the over 50 recognized fraternities or sororities that make up the sorority and fraternity community. Individually these organizations present members with unique personal development opportunities. Collectively, the sorority and fraternity community provides thousands of students the platform from which they contribute to the local, regional and global communities.


Orientation Information 

Join the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life to learn more about involvement in social Greek letter organizations at Cornell University. We will discuss recruitment and intake processes and when students are eligible to join our organizations, as well as the current programming and educational initiatives in our community. Student leaders from across the Greek community will answer questions and share their perspectives on the benefits of sorority and fraternity life at Cornell.

Aug. 27 :  5PM - 6PM : For Parents 

Parent Orientation PPT

Sept. 03 :  4:30PM - 5:30PM : Upper class students or transfers who want to join in the fall

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 652 7158
Password: 423810

Sept. 17 : 6PM - 7PM : New students or those wanting to join in the spring

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 652 7158
Password: 423810

Resources for Action, Donation, and Education Regarding Anti-Racism 

Anti-Racism Resources

Virtual Resources for Chapter Leaders

During this time, more than ever, we are seeking ways to keep meaningful connection with each other. It is important for us to check in and engage with our brothers and sisters as we know camaraderie is such an important piece of our sororities and fraternities. OSFL has pulled together many great resources to give you ideas of what chapter operations -and brotherhood and sisterhood- can look like remotely.

Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for the most current campus updates and FAQs.

This FAQ list is updated multiple times daily and is the most reliable resource for questions regarding next steps as we move toward Spring Break. The university is working to make this site more robust each day, including housing all of the university statements in one place (as well as emails sent to students from Administration).