Fraternities & Sororities

Belonging Get Involved Student Organizations Fraternities & Sororities

Fraternities & sororities have been part of the University’s history dating back to the time of Trinity College. Today, about 10% of the undergraduate population finds their home in the fraternity and sorority community. Through the development of partnerships, student advocacy, and educational programming, fraternities & sororities at Duke aim to be a place where students can develop leadership skills, gain cultural competency, enhance personal wellness, and think critically – all while making an impact on their greater communities.

Councils & Chapters

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is home to organizations (one all-men's fraternity and one co-ed fraternity) that provide opportunities for students to create lifelong bonds through social, academic, and personal growth.

IFC Chapters

Delta Kappa Epsilon - ΔΚΕ
Common Name: Deke
Chapter Website: http://epsilonrhodke.dekeunited.org
Headquarters Website: www.dke.org
Local Founding Date: April 17, 1983
National Founding Date: June 22, 1844  

Psi Upsilon - ΨΥ
Common Name: Psi U
Chapter Website: www.dukepsiu.org/
Headquarters Website: www.psiu.org
Local Founding Date: 1973
National Founding Date: November 4, 1833
Co-Ed membership

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing body for multicultural, identity-based fraternities and sororities at Duke. Current MGC groups include identities for Latinx, Asian-interest, and Native American students.

MGC Chapters

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. - αΚΔΦ
Common Name: aKDPhi
Chapter Website: www.dukeakdphi.com
Headquarters Website: www.akdphi.org
Local Founding Date: May 25, 2006
National Founding Date: February 7, 1990

Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc. - ΑΠΩ
Common Name: APiO
Headquarters Website: www.alphapiomega.org
Local Founding Date: Fall 2017
National Founding Date: September 1, 1994

Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraterinty, Inc. - ΛΦΕ
Common Name: Lambdas, LPhiE
Chapter Website: http://duke.lambdaphiepsilon.com
Headquarters Website: www.lambdaphiepsilon.com
Local Founding Date: November 23, 2003
National Founding Date: February 25, 1981

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. - ΛΘΑ
Common Name: LTA
Headquarters Website: http://lta.orgsync.com/
Local Founding Date: April 17, 2015
National Founding Date: December, 1975

La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. - ΛΥΛ
Common Name: LUL
Headquarters Website: www.launidadlatina.org
Colors: Brown, Gold, Red, & White
Local Founding Date: 1995
National Founding Date: February 19, 1982

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for Duke’s historically black fraternities and sororities. NPHC organizes council events to build a sense of community and showcase that to the campus, and advocate for the needs of chapters in the council.

NPHC Chapters

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - AKA
Common Name: AKA
Chapter Website: www.akaiotamu.com
Headquarters Website: www.aka1908.com
Local Founding Date: April 21, 1975
National Founding Date: January 15, 1908

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - ΑΦΑ
Common Name: Alpha
Headquarters Website: www.alpha-phi-alpha.com
Local Founding Date: December 7, 1975
National Founding Date: December 4, 1906

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - ΔΣΘ
Common Name: Deltas
Chapter Website: http://lambdaomegadst.com/
Headquarters Website: http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/
Local Founding Date: April 5, 1975
National Founding Date: January 13, 1913

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - ΚΑΨ
Common Name: Kappas
Chapter Website: http://dukenupes.com
Headquarters Website: www.kappaalphapsi1911.com
Local Founding Date:
National Founding Date: January 5, 1911

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - ΩΨΦ
Common Name: Omegas, Ques      
Headquarters Website: http://oppf.org
Local Founding Date: April 12, 1974
National Founding Date: November 17, 1911

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - ΦΒΣ
Common Name: Sigmas
Chapter Website: www.duke.edu/web/pbsigma
Headquarters Website: www.pbs1914.org
Local Founding Date: October 24, 1993
National Founding Date: January 9, 1914

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - ΖΦΒ
Common Name: Zetas
Chapter Website: http://www.dukezetas.com
Headquarters Website: www.zphib1920.org
Local Founding Date: September 22, 1993
National Founding Date: January 16, 1920


Potential Members

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Duke is home to four organizations (three all-men's fraternities, and one co-ed fraternity) that provide opportunities for students to create life-long bonds through social, academic, and personal growth.

All fraternities & sororities at Duke operate on a deferred recruitment system, meaning that students may join during their sophomore year. IFC recruitment is open to sophomore students and above.

IFC chapters conduct recruitment on an individual basis. Check out chapter websites or social media for information about recruitment events and process.

If you know members in an IFC organization you are interested in, you can contact one of their members about more information regarding the chapter's recruitment during the fall semester.

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing body for multicultural, identity-based fraternities and sororities at Duke. Current MGC groups include identities for Latinx, Asian-interest, and Native American students.

Intake for MGC groups is determined and conducted by each chapter. This can happen in both Fall and Spring semesters, but students must wait until the second semester of their first year to be eligible to join. After this time, they are eligible no matter their class year.

A specific intake timeline is required by the office of Student Involvement & Leadership: All intake activities in the Fall semester should be concluded by Thanksgiving break and in the Spring semester by the last week of March. For more details about these specific dates each year, please see the Intake Guidelines in Forms.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for Duke’s eight historically black fraternities and sororities. NPHC organizes council events to build a sense of community and showcase that to the campus, and advocate for the needs of chapters in the council.

Intake for NPHC groups is determined and conducted by each chapter. This can happen in both Fall and Spring semesters, but students must wait until the second semester of their first year to be eligible to join. After this time, they are eligible no matter their class year.

A specific intake timeline is required by the office of Student Involvement & Leadership: All intake activities in the Fall semester should be concluded by Thanksgiving break and in the Spring semester by the last week of March. For more details about these specific dates each year, please see the Intake Guidelines in Forms.

 

For all fraternities & sororities, New Member Education provides the opportunity for new members to learn the responsibilities and privileges that come from being a member of the organization. The New Member Education period varies in length, but it is a policy at Duke that it does not last more than 6 weeks. During this time, new members will have planned activities that allow them to get to know each other, get to know the active membership, learn about the history of their organization, and much more.

Duke has strict policies against hazing of any kind. If at any point, activities that claim to be part of New Member Education make a student feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, we urge anyone with information regarding the situation to come forward. Find more information on Duke’s Hazing policies and how to report on the Duke Policies page.