Minority Serving Institutions with Highly Active Greek Life

Greek life can be a great contribution to student life on campuses. For students from underrepresented groups, greek organizations can also provide support and leadership opportunities. Fraternities and sororities also engage in service and philanthropic work on their campuses and surrounding communities. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up focuses on MSIs that have active greek life on campus.

UMD  1.) University of Maryland, College Park – ANNAPISI

The University of Maryland College Park’s Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s (DFLS)mission is to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders (students, administrators, alumni, parents, nationals, etc.) in order to foster, promote and support the development of a community made up of values-based organizations. Through initiatives such as the 6 pillar/ Guiding Philosophy, Foundations for the Future, Ten Men Plan/Ten Woman Plan, and the New Member Convocation, the DFLS attempts to further its mission and vision as well as those of its chapters. There are 33 Fraternities and 25 sororities housed under 4 councils: The Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (PHA), National PanHellenic Council (NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

FAMU2.) Florida A & M University (FAMU) – HBCU

Florida A&M University has a robust Greek life consisting of Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities as well as local social organizations, honor societies and professional organizations. Of the “Divine 9” organizations of the NPHC, there are 8 active chapters. Also active on campus is Sigma Gamma Lambda National Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc.

Howard3.) Howard University – HBCU

The birthplace for a majority of Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs), Howard University’s Greek life is not only rich in activity but also in legacy. Housed under the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) of the university, the university has 8 chapters of the “Divine 9.” Five of these chapters are the founding chapters for their organizations. To add to that rich history, the NPHC also found its birthplace on the campus of Howard University. The stated purpose and mission of the organization in 1930 was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organization.”

fiu4.) Florida International University (FIU) – HSI

The FIU sororities and fraternities are committed to providing a space for members to live their values through diverse programming, education and engagement while building affinity to Florida International University. FIU has 18 fraternities and 11 sororities housed under four councils: IFC, NPHC, Multicultural Greek Council, and the PanHellenic Council.

NCAT5.) North Carolina A&T University (NC A&T) -HBCU

Greek Life at NC A&T provides for the needs of the current and prospective fraternity and sorority membership through effective management, leadership and educational and social programming. NC A&T, which claims to have the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” (#GHOE), finds that their Greek Life aids in the community feel and the strong alumni connection and tradition found at the university. The campus has 12 Greek organizations which consists of the “Divine 9” organizations, a nursing sorority, and a band sorority and fraternity.

USC6.) University of Southern California – ANNAPISI

With over 4,000 members and over 60 chapters organized in six councils, greek community at the University of Southern California a community that has espoused integrity, tradition, honor and character for over 120 years. Every chapter is required to hold a hazing prevention workshop, a workshop with the Center for Women and Men, and a workshop with the Department of Safety Greek Liaisons. The six councils that comprise USC greek life are: the Asian Greek Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Professional Fraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Council.

unlv7.) University of Nevada Las Vegas – ANNAPISI

UNLV has 19 fraternities and 17 sororities, each offering students the chance to get involved and become a part of a larger network of brothers and sisters. Throughout the year, Greek chapters participate in many events including: Homecoming Week, Greek Week, Greek 101, GreekFest, Greek Leadership Day, community service and philanthropy projects, intramural sports, and leadership programs. The four governing councils that oversee the operations of the individual Greek chapters and work closely with the university to promote the ideals of fraternity and sorority membership are: Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council.

UIC8.) University of Illinois at Chicago – ANNAPISI

The UIC Greek community represents hundreds of students from all walks of life united by behind the values of scholarship, service and fellowship. Fraternities and sororities have historically been a large part of campus life at the university by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties, and performing community service. Organizations are a part of 5 umbrella councils: InterFraternity Council (IFC), Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Latino Greek Council (LGC), and the Greeks of the Pan-Asian American Council (GPAAC).

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