Fraternities and sororities have been a part of Columbia University for over 175 years and have existed by virtue of the University's endorsement and support.
Joining a fraternity or sorority can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have. Membership provides opportunities to form bonds and friendships that last a lifetime. Opportunities to interact with other students and the greater community is a prominent reason members choose to join. The fraternity and sorority community at Columbia is strongly committed to civic engagement. Over the years the community has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and contirubted tens of thousands of hours of service to non-profit organizations.
Membership offers development in the areas of Citizenship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Relationship Building and Self-Awareness. Staff from various offices around campus visit chapters to conduct skill-building workshops and host dialogues around specific topcis. Additionally, throughout the year chapters host educational programs open to the entire community.
Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. As such, members are challenged to live these values every day. The Statement of Shared Values reminds members of thier collective responsibility to Columbia University, the fraternity and sorority community and inter/national organization. Self-governance is at the core of the fraternal movement and is actualized by the Governing Councils and Judicial Board.
Our membership reflects the various identities seen throughout the Columbia community. The fraternities and sororities represent five national umbrella associations and a diversity of programatic focuses. A rich and robust history of welcoming all Columbians into the community is an area of pride. All undergraduate students have the opportunity to find an organization to connect with.
Fraternity or sorority members engage in learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Members participate in educational programming within chapters and with the larger community. The Office of Residential Life-Fraternity & Sorority Life offers leadership training, member development and community-based programming.