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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 4,000+ 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.


IFC virtual recruitment will now begin February 15, 2021. This information has been emailed to all registered participants. The detailed schedule is available to view

Spring Recruitment & New Member Intake

If Panhellenic (PHC) Recruitment is something that interests you, the primary recruitment process takes place throughout the month of February. 2021 formal recruitment begins on February 18th ends February 28th with bid day! Recruitment is a values based, mutually selective process aimed to maximize the opportunity that both potential new members and chapters have in selecting a sorority experience/individual that matches their values. In order to participate in Panhellenic recruitment, you must also attend one of the Virtual Panhellenic Experience Workshops taking place via Zoom.

Please visit the Panhellenic Recruitment site for further information regarding Spring 2021.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority in the Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council (MGFC)? MGFC fraternities and sororities are culturally based (but not culturally exclusive) groups that range from historically Latinx, Black/African/African-American, and Asian-interest. Most MGFC organizations are continuously recruiting members all year round. Asian-interest groups hold Rush at the beginning of each semester and dates are announced once students return from summer and winter break. There are various opportunities throughout the academic year to find your home in the council. For more information, visit please visit our website or contact Ricky Boche, the MGFC advisor via email at

If IFC Recruitment is something that interests you, the process kicks off registration on November 6, 2020. Furthermore before you participate in recruitment, you are required to participate in a IFC 101 and Intervene Training. Dates for these trainings will be released when available. These sessions will be held via Zoom. Please reach out to if you have any questions regarding the process.

Students seeking to join a sorority or fraternity at Cornell University should be aware of Unrecognized Groups on our campus. These groups have lost their recognition status due to a breach of the recognition policy. Groups that are not recognized can be found on our Organization Scorecard website. The scorecards contain chapter judicial reports, grade point average, philanthropic contributions, number of members and other important information. 

For general questions about sorority and fraternity life or our office, please our office at or visit our website at

Fall/Winter Break Planning

Cornell University shared the Campus Residential Plan for the end of term on October 21, 2020. Most important is that students SHOULD NOT leave Ithaca for Thanksgiving and expect to return to the house for finals due to COVID-19 spread and transmission concern outside the area.

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

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.