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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 60 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.


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.

COVID-19 Update:

Cornell University is suspending classes on its Ithaca campus as of 5pm, March 13.  More Info -

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).

President Pollack Announces Additional Reforms for Greek Letter Organizations

December 18, 2019 | In response to recent campus events, President Pollack initiates a series of new sorority and fraternity life reforms to provide a safe environment for all Cornell students while ushering in positive change for the Cornell Greek letter community. Read the recommendations outlining a change in expectations and accountability for the Greek Life and Cornell community.

Dr. Susan H. Murphy, Sorority & Fraternity Life Awards

August 26, 2019 | The annual awards ceremony was held at 4:00pm in Klarman Hall at the conclusion of the 2019 Leaders Retreat. You can read the list of Award Winners online.