Since 1852, Greek-letter fraternities have been an active part of University life. Sororities arrived at the University in 1927. Fraternities and sororities provide opportunities for leadership, self-development, friendship, philanthropy, and service to the greater community.
The fraternity and sorority community operates independently of the University. The Fraternal Organization Agreement (FOA) defines the relationship between the undergraduate chapter and the University.
Fraternity and Sorority Life, based in the Office of the Dean of Students, serves as the University's liaison to the fraternity and sorority community.
About 30 percent of the UVA student body is a part of the fraternity/sorority community. Four umbrella organizations govern and support all active fraternity and sorority chapters at the University:
- Inter-Fraternity Council
- Inter-Sorority Council
- Multicultural Greek Council
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC)
The Inter-Fraternity Council is the governing board for 32 social fraternities and approximately 1,900 men at the University. In addition to developing and enforcing all policies related to fraternity life, the IFC serves as an intermediary between fraternity members, fraternities, and the University community.
Inter-Sorority Council (ISC)
The Inter-Sorority Council is the organization that presides over the 15 inter/national sororities at the University. The goal of the Inter-Sorority Council is to promote women, leadership, academic achievement, and service in the fraternity and sorority community and in the University community.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
The Multicultural Greek Council promotes service events, leadership, and and scholarship. The MGC currently consists of Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ, and multicultural interest fraternities and sororities. Membership is open to all University students who recognize diversity as a priority.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the umbrella organization for the historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs).
BGLOs focus on community service as a primary principle. They do not have houses on Grounds, but maintain their sense of unity by relying on their founding principles and bonds they develop. Member organizations of the NPHC do not discriminate on the basis of race or any other identity.