Since 1872, Michigan State University students have had the choice of participating in a nationally affiliated Greek letter organization. Today, the Greek community is comprised of more than 60 internationally affiliated social Greek letter organizations with a combined membership of over 4,000 students. Greek letter organizations merge almost every segment of the campus community into their chapters-leadership development, community service, athletics, social life, housing, management and business functions, alumni relations, accountability, and responsibility. Through quality educational experiences, fraternities and sororities support the Guiding Principles of the institution, as well as provide an avenue whereby all students experience active learning through self-governance.
The 62 fraternities and sororities are governed by governing councils responsible for representing constituents to the greater campus and East Lansing communities, providing programs and services to chapters and their members, and creating and enforcing standards and policies throughout the Greek community. Through mutual interdependence, the governing councils assist all 62 member organizations in providing a quality Greek experience for their members. The governing councils include:
- Interfraternity Council (IFC), governing 31 internationally affiliated men's Greek letter organizations.
- Panhellenic Council (Panhell), governing 14 National Panhellenic Council Greek letter organizations
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), governing 9 historically African-American men's and women's Greek letter organizations.
- Multicultural Greek Council, governing 8 multicultural men’s and women’s Greek letter organizations.
Other community-wide organizations that are collaboratively coordinated by the governing councils include Greek Week and the Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honorary.
For more information on the Greek community, contact the Department of Student Life, 101 Student Services Building, 1-517-355-8286 or www.greeklife.msu.edu.