Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life at Cornell University.  Our office provides support resources to the self-governed Cornell fraternity and sorority community. Fraternities and sororities are values based social organizations, providing members with a tight-knit community of peers, and personal growth opportunities through leadership development and service projects. Many of the organizations also offer a small residential living experience.

The Cornell fraternity and sorority community dates to the first months of University operation during the autumn of 1868.  Cornell's co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White, was a strong promoter of fraternal organizations as a means of teaching self-governance to students. Today, we strive to continue that ethos.

News & Announcements

Spring 2017 Recruitment Dates

January 18-23 Panhellenic Recruitment begins
January 24 Panhellenic Bid Day
For more information on Panhellenic Recruitment

January 18-25 Interfraternity Recruitment begins
January 25 Interfraternity Bid Day
For more information on Interfraternity Recruitment

Initation Deadline February 26, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I write today to share the news that Travis Apgar, Robert G. Engel senior associate director of Campus & Community Engagement for Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, will be leaving Cornell on January 9, 2017. Travis has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he will provide leadership for a comprehensive portfolio of Student Life programs including Student Living and Learning, Student Activities, and Student Rights, Responsibilities and Judicial Affairs. As Dean of Students he will oversee policy, procedures, and support systems that contribute to the well-being of students and the campus community.

Since Travis’s arrival in 2006, student involvement in Cornell’s Greek system has expanded from approximately 25% of undergraduate students to about 34% participating today. During his tenure, the system responded to former President Skorton’s 2011 challenge to “end pledging as we know it” by transitioning from a pledge model to an orientation model, based on mutual respect, equal treatment, and ongoing education of all members. Travis has also led the areas of Off-Campus Living and Cooperative Living, which support the nearly 52% of undergraduate students and 91% of graduate students who live off-campus. His staff led the creation of the annual BEAR Walk (Being Engaged And Responsible) in 2014 to proactively build positive relationships between Cornell students, Collegetown residents, City of Ithaca officials and the university.

Please join me in thanking Travis for his decade of leadership and dedication to promoting the wellbeing and personal growth of our students. We wish Travis all the best in his new endeavors at RPI!

Ryan Lombardi, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student & Campus Life

Kara Miller (Associate Director) to assume the leadership responsibilities for Greek Life. Kara presently serves as the president of AFA and is quite knowledgeable and is highly respected nationally within Greek Life. We are fortunate that she is willing to take on this role and are confident in her ability to provide the necessary leadership for the area. Kara will serve in the role as interim director through the end of the Spring Semester. We intend to conduct a national search Spring Semester to fill the role of director.

Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment and Intake Webinar

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm 

CornellCast:  https://www.cornell.edu/video/greek-recruitment-spring-2017

GREEKS GIVE BACK (formally Day of Demeter)

There were nearly 400 students contributed a combined 730 hours of service to the local community.

“Greeks Give Back, at its core, was about various organizations uniting together over a common goal — to care for our surrounding community.” — Shelby Holland ’18

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is raising awareness of mental illness to honor the life of a fellow member.

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity have been working to raise awareness of mental illness on campus following the recent death of member Jeremy Ojalehto, who sustained a serious brain injury after tripping during a jog in 2013. He died in January 2016. A memorial 5k run and walk took place on Sunday, April 17 on the trails of the Cornell Plantations, where he suffered his injury. The proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.