Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. For hundreds of years, fraternities and sororities have brought college students together under a common purpose. In 1776, the first fraternity was founded and many fraternal organizations for men were founded thereafter. As women were admitted into higher education, women created separate organizations to provide similar experiences. Black Greek Letter Organizations emerged in the early 1900s creating a space for Black students to find community and resources to pursue higher education. Black Greek Letter Organizations are important part of Black history. In the decades that followed, organizations with a cultural or multicultural focus began to emerge.
While the Interfraterinty Council governs 28 fraternities at UW – Madison, the National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC), comprised of Black Greek Letter Organizations, has 3 active fraternities and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), comprised on cultural or multicultural organizations has, 4 active fraternities.
You can learn more about NPHC’s or MGC’s recruitment/intake process on the FSL Website.