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GREEK COMMUNITY MISSION STATEMENT The students of the Greek community at Iowa State University strive to enrich the lives of its members and affected communities by maintaining scholastic achievement, fostering friendships, enhancing leadership and promoting service. We are committed to developing exceptional citizens who will make a positive impact on the world.

WELCOME TO IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY AND GREETINGS FROM THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS! When you join Iowa State University’s Greek community, we know that you will have one of the most memorable and exciting opportunities the university offers. As Greek students, you can engage in activities that include all aspects of a successful experience at Iowa State thanks to the Greek community’s focus on academic achievement, civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. These areas of focus will impact not only your academic success, but will also have a significant impact on the well-being of our communities. One shining example is the raising of over $280,000 for Special Olympics Iowa last year. Student Success is our top priority in student affairs and we develop and build programs and communities on campus to help you during your time at Iowa State. I joined the Greek community as an undergraduate years ago and I can speak from my personal experience that students involved in the Greek community enjoy their experience and tend to graduate at high rates. With the Greek community doubling in size within the last four years, we know that the word is getting out and students are excited and aware of this tremendous opportunity. If you choose to “Go Greek,” I am confident that you will succeed as Cyclones and as future alums.


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Martino Harmon, Ph.D. Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Iowa State University



The Greek community prides itself on holding high academic standards for its members. The Greek community consistently holds a higher GPA (3.16 fall 2016) than the all-university undergraduate average (3.03 fall 2016). Student retention is also stronger among the Greek community than with non-Greek students.

Joining a Greek organization provides students endless leadership opportunities. Leadership opportunities could arguably be the most beneficial component of going Greek. Through these experiences students will manage executive teams, manage budgets, educate and develop new members and network with other students and alumni.

Individual Greek chapters have academic programs that include academic advising, tutoring programs, collaborations with the Iowa State University Academic Success Center, individual study plans, and mentoring groups. Inter/national organizations also provide resources to their members for academic success.

There are many ways students can get involved as a Greek leader. The first is through chapter leadership, where students can serve in a leadership role internally to support the vision and mission of their organization. Leadership positions could include president, philanthropy chair, and house manager. The students in these leadership roles are supported by the local and national advisers and university resources. Greek leaders can also get involved with Greek community leadership, which includes serving on one of the four Greek governing councils, the Emerging Greek Leadership Council (EGLC), and many others! You can check out pages three and four of this booklet for more information.

The four Greek governing councils offer many opportunities for Greek chapters and members to improve academic skills, including seminars and workshops, time management resources, test taking preparation, and study space. The Greek Academic Achievement Plan (GAAP) was developed between the Academic Success Center and the Office of Greek Affairs to support chapters looking to enhance their academic achievement. Chapters collaborate with the Academic Success Center to provide effective scholarship programs, study skills, and individual academic planning. Academic reports for each chapter can be found at

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT The Iowa State Greek students donate countess hours to community service initiatives and raise money for local and national charitable organizations. By participating in philanthropic events and community service projects, students apply classroom education to real-world experiences such as tutoring, public speaking, mentoring and coaching. Greek students also play a significant role in community activities through the City of Ames. Each semester, chapters participate and conduct fundraisers for charitable organizations of their choice. The Greek community raises over $490,000 annually for local and national organizations. Some organizations include the Special Olympics of Iowa, Children’s Miracle Network, local shelters, emergency residence projects, and many more. The community hosts and provides opportunities for community service events including the annual Greek Trick-or-Treat event, community clean up, visiting local schools and many other opportunities. The community donates over 60,000 hours annually to community service initiatives.

Greek students also play a significant role in campus organizations including: Student Government, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Student Union Board, Blood Drive, Cyclone Alley, Homecoming, Dance Marathon, Fashion Show, Black Student Alliance and Mexican-American Young Achievers Society (MAYAS). In fact, in 2016, 280 of the 850 clubs on campus were led by Greek students. Greek students also play a significant role in campus organizations and community activities through the city of Ames.

SOCIAL JUSTICE Iowa State University Greek chapters offer diverse experiences for members. Chapters engage in critical conversations about inclusion, diversity and challenging inequalities by exposing members to opportunities they may not otherwise experience. By partnering with campus departments including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services (LGBTSS), Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, Student Disability Services, and more, chapters learn about differences and similarities between and among the community. Some of the Greek community leadership groups also promote social justice through education including Greeks Ending Violence Now (GEVN) and Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE). To learn more about these organizations, visit page three and four of this booklet. Additionally, the Greek community welcomes all students to join our variety of chapters which provide a vast array of opportunities to help each individual student succeed at Iowa State University.

FRIENDSHIP Joining a Greek organization provides members an opportunity to foster lifelong friendships and countless memories through a “home away from home” environment. Chapters participate in many social events within the chapter, exchanges with other Greek organizations, and connections with other on-campus student groups. Through events such as Homecoming and Greek Week, chapters interact with peers to create siblinghood among members. The friendships built through a fraternity and sorority experience extend beyond college and serve as a foundation and network for your future. Mentoring opportunities after graduation with chapter alumni, advisers, inter/national staff, and representatives provide members networking opportunities for many years.

GREEK COMMUNITY HISTORY The Greek community has a long, proud tradition at Iowa State. Many organizations are recognized nationally for their work toward academics, friendship, civic engagement, leadership and social justice. The opportunity to become part of this extraordinary community and its rich history can be an extremely valuable asset to your Iowa State experience! The first fraternity at Iowa State was founded in 1875, with the first sorority in 1877. Today, there are more than 60 fraternities and sororities at Iowa State, which represent 16% of the undergraduate student population.



The Emerging Greek Leadership Council (EGLC) serves as a stimulating environment for new members of the Greek community. The council works to build a strong foundation for future Greek involvement by encouraging the development of leadership skills, citizenship, character, and camaraderie. Students who are in their first year of Greek membership serve on this council and are paired up with a mentor, an older member of the Greek community to aid in their leadership journey.

During spring break, a team of fraternity and sorority members travel to Indiana to serve nonprofit organizations in the Indianapolis community that focus on issues and services addressing urban poverty. The fraternal relevance experience combines leadership and service, which are the fundamentals of fraternity and sorority membership. Participants volunteer at local human service agencies, tour inter/national fraternity and sorority headquarters, and reflect on their experiences.



Outstanding Greek leaders are chosen to serve as change agents and create values-driven initiatives and goals for the Greek community. The vision of the Fraternal Values Society is to change the conversation on fraternities and sororities through action. This is done through providing resources and support to the community and Greek members to incorporate values into the fraternity and sorority experience. Members of the Fraternal Values Society strive to focus on actions through central values.

Greek Community Ambassadors is a volunteer program designed for current Greek members to create awareness, positively promote, stimulate interest, and represent the Iowa State University Greek community with prospective students, families, community members, and stakeholders. Greek Community Ambassadors communicate a comprehensive view of student life at Iowa State University, while focusing on various aspects of the Greek community including academics, civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice.

GAMMA SIGMA ALPHA Gamma Sigma Alpha exists to recognize and advance academic excellence as a core value of fraternities and sororities. This honor society was developed by students and offers members the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills through officer positions, event planning, and gives the chance for creative thinkers to assist with expansion of the organization. Members receive the unique opportunity to network with university faculty, staff, and administration and other outstanding Greek students through the Society’s goals and activities. This personal development based organization provides members with access to scholarships and receive recognition for their academic achievements.

GREEK COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COURSE The Greek community leadership class is a three-credit academic course offered to current leaders in the Greek community. Applications are available during the fall semester and around 25 students are accepted for the course. The goal of the course is to provide student leaders who possess membership in a social Greek-letter organization with the skills, knowledge and resources to allow them to reach their potential as leaders and council/chapter officers. This course focuses significantly on the practical side of being an organizational leader and is balanced with the understanding of how to create a stronger fraternity and sorority community.



Greek Week is a 60+ year tradition at Iowa State. The goal of Greek Week is to unite the Greek community under a common bond of fraternal friendship. There are activities to help the community, to foster friendship and, of course, to have some fun along the way.


Members dance and compete in lip sync contests, race and play in the Greek Olympics and tournaments, and participate in the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. In 2016, members of the Greek community raised over $284,000 for the Special Olympics of Iowa.

Iowa State University Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that raises money and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Through this 24-hour event in 2017, Dance Marathon raised over $293,000 for the kids. The Greek community first started Dance Marathon in 1998 and it has grown each year since.



The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosts an annual celebration of the history of NPHC, annually. This competitive step show highlights their skills in the art of stepping and helps showcase NPHC to the Iowa State University community.

The week concludes with Vespers, a Greek leadership recognition night. Individual chapter members are recognized with Greek Community Member of the Year, Chapter President of the Year and others. Alumni and key stakeholders are also recognized for their contribution to the Iowa State University Greek community. Vespers is a night when all chapters are recognized for their success and achievements from the past year. _ L ip Sync: performances put on by Greek teams where students lip sync a complete skit about Greek traditions and values.



Every fall, more than 20 Greek students are selected to be part of the Greek Week Central Committee. This committee coordinates all the events for Greek Week, which includes lip sync contests, Greek Olympics, tournaments, BBQs, service projects, and many other fun activities. The committee is selected in the fall and spends nearly six months planning for Greek Week, which occurs every spring.

The Office of Greek Affairs Study Abroad Trip provides students the opportunity to engage in global service while deeply exploring social issues and building lasting relationships. Students will have the opportunity to focus on fraternal values while turning servant leadership theory into practice by rebuilding schools throughout Jamaica during spring break.



This peer group educates and spreads awareness of sexual assault and violence to members of the Iowa State University Greek community. Education for these students is hands on and interactive. Discussions include consent education, sexual assault among college students, cultural influence of sexual assault and violence, victim blaming, bystander intervention, and resources at Iowa State University and in the Ames community.


GREEKS GO GREEN This group provides the students of Iowa State University the opportunity to get involved in sustainable practices, service events, and spread awareness throughout the university, with an emphasis on the Greek community along with the Ames community. Greeks Go Green serves as a group to help other groups promote their sustainability events and philanthropies, work with the university to help the Greek community reach sustainability goals, as well as host events.

ORDER OF OMEGA Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of fraternities and sororities. Order of Omega recognizes Greek juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their respective organization as well as within the Greek, campus and local community. Members are selected from the top 3% of students. To date, over 500 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.

GREEK VISIT DAY The Greek community hosts an experience for prospective students and families to learn firsthand what the Iowa State Greek community has to offer. Prospective students engage with Greek members, learn about the Greek community values, and tour chapter houses. Students have a chance to be Greek for a day!

HOMECOMING Each year, Iowa State University celebrates homecoming with an annual week of events leading up to the Cyclone football game. Greek students participate in intramurals, community service projects, skits on their front lawn, and Yell Like Hell. The Ames community is painted cardinal and gold for the week. _ Y  ell Like Hell: a competition where students perform short skits about Iowa State University and show their school spirit through painting their bodies from head to toe in cardinal and gold. _ G reek Alumni Alliance: an alumni body created to provide support to current undergraduates, alumni, housing corporations, and advisers of the ISU Greek chapters. GAA hosts an annual celebration each homecoming.

The Collegiate Panhellenic Council selects up to 50 upper-class Panhellenic women to serve in a year-round leadership role to help prospective women find the best sorority for them. They are often called Rho Gammas. Women are chosen through an application and interview process each fall in preparation for the annual Greek Visit Day.

The Greek letters Rho Lambda stand for Panhellenic leadership. Although membership was originally intended for women whose organizations belonged to campus Panhellenics, any sorority woman is now eligible for membership as long as she meets the membership selection criteria. The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor women within the sorority community who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to their Greek community and their sorority. They are women who have furthered the ideals and principles of the Greek community throughout their years of sorority affiliation.

SAFE LIAISONS Students Advocating For Everyone (SAFE) Liaisons are student leaders in the Greek community who provide awareness, knowledge, and skills to fraternity and sorority members to create positive and sustainable change within the Iowa State Greek community. The purpose of the SAFE Liaisons at Iowa State University is to educate our fraternity and sorority community on issues affecting LGBTQQIAA+ students to create a more welcoming and accepting environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. These issues include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, masculinity, femininity, heterosexism, homophobia, mental health, anti-hazing, and sexual assault.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY BLOOD DRIVE Iowa State is home to one of the largest student-run Blood Drives in the nation. Each fall and spring, the Blood Drive brings thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members together to save hundreds of lives. Greek students are an integral part of the Blood Drive’s planning and success.

MEET THE GREEKS The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council host promotional opportunities for students interested in joining one of their organizations each semester. Students can learn more about the history and values of these organizations and find out more information about next steps to join.

VARIETIES Sponsored through the Student Union Board, Greek students participate in this annual show to showcase their talents. Greek students serve in leadership positions to plan and implement the Varieties event.




I’m worried about managing my time being a member of a fraternity or sorority. How much time does chapter membership take? Similar to other clubs and organizations, the more time you dedicate to membership, the more opportunities and adventures you will experience. The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. The first semester is generally a weekly meeting when members go through the chapter’s member education program. The majority of the chapter new member programs are six to eight weeks; these programs allow the member an opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships and become more involved. Each chapter has a weekly chapter meeting and other required events, including initiation, recruitment and philanthropic activities throughout the year.

As a family member, how can I support my student? It is important for family members to continue to be a support system for their student. One of the key components for the support is empowering students as they navigate the Greek experience. Encourage your student to gather as much information as possible before they make the decision to join a Greek organization. It is important that you discuss financial obligations and the time commitment before your student enters a recruitment or intake process with a fraternity or sorority. This will be an exciting time of new experiences in your student’s life and your support will be invaluable.



The Iowa State University Office of Greek Affairs creates opportunities to become effective citizens in a global society through collaboration and community engagement, the development of self-efficacy and leadership, and the advancement of social justice.

Why are there some things fraternity and sorority members can’t talk about? What’s the big secret? Fraternity and sorority members often participate in ceremonies while becoming an active member of that organization. These ceremonies often are referred to as rituals. Greek chapters pride themselves on the rituals that their chapters were founded upon. These rituals are full of the traditions and values that make the chapters unique, having been conducted for many years. However, these rituals should not be confused with hazing and other inappropriate activities.

What will I get from Greek life that I would not get from any other college organization? Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition easier. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in the chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the friendship, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing academics, civic engagement, leadership and social justice.

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT AND RESOURCES The Greek community is supported by Iowa State University through administrative resources and collaborative support. While each of the local chapters and governing councils are self-governing organizations, the Office of Greek Affairs serves as the link between the fraternities and sororities and Iowa State University. Staff in the Office of Greek Affairs provide resources and support for the Greek governing councils, inter/national organizations, local advisers, and prospective students. The Office of Greek Affairs staff also utilizes a liaison structure for the individual chapters, which pair up a staff member with each chapter to receive direct support concerning individual chapter needs. The Office of Greek Affairs has three full-time staff, many graduate students and one secretary, who serve over 5,000 students and stakeholders. The Office of Greek Affairs is a unit within the Dean of Students Office, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs. Many staff and faculty members serve in advisory positions to our Greek chapters.

TERMS TO KNOW Active Member _ a fully initiated undergraduate member of a fraternity/ sorority. Alumni/Alumna _ an initiated fraternity/sorority member who has completed their course of study and graduated from the university.

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) _ the governing body for fraternities and sororities at Iowa State with a diversity as a foundation for membership.

Bedroom-Style Living _ similar to the traditional residence hall.

National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) _ umbrella organization for 18 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) fraternities and sororities.

Bid _ a formal invitation given by a chapter asking a prospective member to join the chapter.

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) _ the coalition of 16 Latina/o based sororities and fraternities.

Chapter _ the local membership of an inter/national fraternal organization.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) _ an organization composed of 26 member women’s sororities.

Cold Airs _ a large, common sleeping quarter with bunked beds. Traditionally windows are kept open year-round, but recently many cold airs are heated/ cooled appropriate to the season. Chapter members have two to three people within one living quarters separate from cold airs.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) _ a national governing organization of nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Iowa State University has a local council to govern the chapters represented at Iowa State.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) _ the governing body for all Iowa State University sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference and two affiliate groups.

New Member _ a prospective member from the time the member accepts a bid to affiliate until the time the member is initiated. MGC and NPHC organizations will use a variety of terms to call their new members.

Colony _ a fraternal membership that has received approval from the University Committee on Fraternities and Sororities and recognition from one of the Greek governing councils but is in a trial period with their inter/national organization.

New Member Program _ a period of adjustment to Greek life, during which new members learn the history and values about the fraternity/sorority, its members and activities.

Continuous Open Bidding _ an informal process of recruitment that some Collegiate Panhellenic Council chapters will engage in each academic year. Fraternity _ a Greek-letter brotherhood, siblinghood or sisterhood. Greek _ the name applied to affiliated sorority and fraternity members. Interfraternity Council (IFC) _ the governing body for 31 Iowa State University fraternities; many groups are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Initiation/Activation _ the traditional ritual or formal ceremony of induction that marks the transition to full membership in a fraternity/sorority. Legacy _ a prospective member whose grandparents, mother/father or sister/ brother is an alumni of a fraternity/sorority. Member Presentation _ a presentation where new members of many MGC and NPHC organizations present themselves as initiated members of their organizations to the campus community. Membership Intake Process _ a process by which interested persons become members of most MGC and NPHC organizations. Generally characterized by an informational meeting, an application process, an interview or series of interviews and an educational process.

North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) _ an organization composed of more than 70 national member men’s fraternities. Paraphernalia _ articles of clothing, accessories, props, or jewelry that a member may wear or possess that shows pride in their organization. Philanthropy _ a charitable fundraiser sponsored by a fraternity or sorority. Potential Members _ undergraduate students interested in becoming a member of a fraternity/sorority. Recruitment _ the continual process of encouraging men and women to become members of the Greek community. Sorority _ a Greek-letter siblinghood or sisterhood. Suite-Style Living _ three to six people sharing a common living space. The Office of Greek Affairs _ university staff offering support and resources to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, individual chapters, Greek members and leaders and faculty and chapter advisers.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY’S ANTI-HAZING POLICY Iowa State University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. The Greek community shares the university’s definition of hazing in the Iowa State University Student Code of Conduct, which includes hazing as any intentional, knowing or reckless action, request or creation of circumstances that: Endangers the health or safety of any individual; causes or presents a substantial risk of physical injury, serious mental distress or personal humiliation to any individual, or; involves the destruction or removal of public or private property in connection with initiation or admission into, or continued membership in, any group affiliated with the university, including but not limited to, any student, campus, fraternal, academic, honorary, athletic or military organization. It is not a defense to the violation of this section that the hazing participant provided explicit or implied consent. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this section. This information was obtained through the following website: Each student will sign that they understands this policy when they sign their membership acceptance card (bid card) with the chapter that they join. Hazing may be reported to the Office of Greek Affairs, the Office of Student Conduct, Iowa State Police Department, or the Dean of Students.



COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (CPC) IS A COLLECTIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF 17 SORORITIES ON CAMPUS. Many of these organizations are inter/nationally governed by the National Panhellenic Conference, which serves as an umbrella organization for these organizations to provide support and advocacy for the advancement of the sorority experience. Fifteen of these organizations have a chapter house located south of the Iowa State University campus. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council has an executive board elected by their peers. The council acts as the central governing body for these sororities with support from the Office of Greek Affairs. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council is actively involved with chapter development, programs, and leadership opportunities for chapters and their members. The council coordinates campus and community resources, facilitates service projects, organizes Primary Recruitment and represents the Iowa State University Panhellenic community at regional and national meetings.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC) IS MADE UP OF 32 FRATERNITIES ON IOWA STATE’S CAMPUS. These 32 organizations are home to over 1,900 undergraduate men at Iowa State University. Many of these organizations are a part of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a trade association that works to ensure fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success through advocacy, collaboration and education. Rich in traditions and history, 29 of the IFC fraternities have homes located south of the Iowa State campus. Fraternity chapter sizes range from 20-120 members and house capacity ranges from 29-89 beds. The 32 Interfraternity Council chapters are governed by a peer-elected undergraduate board of 11 officers. These IFC officers serve the community through leadership workshops, chapter development, service projects, and recruitment.

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC) IS HOME TO NINE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING FOUR FRATERNITIES AND FIVE SORORITIES. The Multicultural Greek Council serves to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as a foundation to its values, including Latinx, Asian/Pacific-Islander, and LGBTQQIAA+. The Multicultural Greek Council is governed by peer-elected leaders who serve the community to create opportunities for collaboration, scholarship, community service events, promotional opportunities, and programs for cultural awareness.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY IS HOME TO SIX OF THE NINE NATIONAL PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH ARE OFTEN CALLED THE “DIVINE NINE.” This is a collaborative organization of historically African-American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Each organization was established on the tenets of brotherhood/sisterhood, high scholarship, leadership, and service to others. The Iowa State University National Pan-Hellenic Council is home to two fraternities and four sororities. Similar to the three other governing councils, the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter elects peers to serve in leadership roles to further the vision and mission of the six National Pan-Hellenic organizations. These leaders promote scholarship, leadership and service to others through collaborative events, cultural awareness, and promote organizations at chapter and university events.


HOW TO JOIN A COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL Many women join one of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council chapters through Primary Recruitment that occurs each fall before classes begin. It is encouraged to go through this recruitment process as it is the only guaranteed opportunity to see all chapters at the same time to find the best fit for prospective members. The Collegiate Panhellenic community takes pride in academic achievement. Many chapters look for women with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from high school or a 2.5 GPA from college to join. Women will move into their assigned residence hall room a week before classes begin and join 15-20 other women who also live in residence halls or off-campus housing. An assigned Recruitment Counselor (often called a Rho Gamma) will serve as their guide through the week. Women will visit all chapters during Welcome Weekend and throughout the week. At the end of each day, women will select which chapters they would like to visit the next day. At the end of the week, women will attend events based on this mutual selection process during Preference Night. Bid Day is the following day when women are offered invitations to join one of these organizations. Many women who join one of our Collegiate Panhellenic Council organizations join through the Primary Recruitment process. Some women participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) after the Primary Recruitment period, however it is not guaranteed that COB is available for all chapters. Alpha Sigma Kappa, a sorority for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and Phi Beta Chi, a Lutheran-based sorority, are affiliate groups to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council and conduct continuous recruitment processes throughout the year. Please contact the Office of Greek Affairs for more information for more information about which chapters are participating in Continuous Open Bidding or visit

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL CHAPTERS • Alpha Chi Omega • Alpha Delta Pi • Alpha Gamma Delta • Alpha Omicron Pi • Alpha Phi • Alpha Sigma Kappa • Chi Omega • Delta Delta Delta • Delta Gamma

• Delta Zeta • Gamma Phi Beta • Kappa Alpha Theta • Kappa Delta • Kappa Kappa Gamma • Phi Beta Chi • Pi Beta Phi • Sigma Kappa

Go Greek. Expect More. A very simple slogan you will see during recruitment that sums up the entirety of my Greek community experience. We are thrilled that you are interested in joining our Greek community. For more than 150 years, fraternities have excelled in academics, leadership, philanthropy, and community service. Iowa State University is well known for its strong Greek community and commitment to excellence. If you have ambitions for academic, social, and professional success; I truly believe there is a chapter for you. Mike P_ Interfraternity Council President

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL The Interfraternity Council encourages a year-round recruitment model. Many men will join the summer before or during the first semester of their first year at Iowa State, through connections made during Greek Visit Day or throughout summer orientation. Men are welcome to join a fraternity at any time, however. Men interested in one of the Interfraternity Council chapters are encouraged to start looking at the organizations early so they can start narrowing down their search from our 31 organizations. Interested members are welcome to visit the Greek community website, chapter websites and other media sites to learn more. Throughout the summer, men can also make connections with chapters to find the best organization for them. For more information, visit

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL CHAPTERS The Collegiate Panhellenic Council is excited that you are interested in joining our community. Sorority women pride ourselves on our commitment to academics, civic engagement, friendship, leadership, and social justice. Our 17 chapters offer a diverse and welcoming experiences for women to cultivate meaningful friendships. I truly believe that this community offers so many great opportunities to grow, and I certainly hope that you find a home in one of our chapters!

K a r a R _ C o lle g i a te Pa n h e l l e n i c C ou n c i l Pre s i de n t

• ACACIA • Adelante • Alpha Gamma Rho • Alpha Kappa Lambda • Alpha Sigma Phi • Alpha Tau Omega • Beta Sigma Psi • Beta Theta Pi • Chi Phi • Delta Chi • Delta Sigma Phi • Delta Tau Delta • Delta Upsilon • FarmHouse • Kappa Sigma • Lambda Chi Alpha

• Phi Delta Theta • Phi Gamma Delta • Phi Kappa Psi • Phi Kappa Theta • Phi Kappa Tau • Pi Kappa Alpha • Pi Kappa Phi • Sigma Chi • Sigma Phi Epsilon • Sigma Pi • Sigma Tau Gamma • Tau Kappa Epsilon • Theta Chi • Theta Delta Chi • Theta Xi • Triangle

GREEK ORGANIZATION MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL The chapters within the Multicultural Greek Council vary how they welcome members to their organizations. Gamma Rho Lambda and Delta Lambda Phi recruit members through council promotional events, chapter events, and university events. Members interested in joining these groups can join at any time throughout their Iowa State experience. All other organizations conduct intake, which includes both the process of joining the organization and the new member period. Many groups only accept members who have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members do not join until the second semester of their first year at Iowa State University. The Multicultural Greek Council hosts Meet the Greeks each semester to promote their individual organizations. For more information, visit

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL CHAPTERS • Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity • Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. • Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. • Pi Alpha Phi • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

The Multicultural Greek Council is made up of nine organizations that continuously advocate for the diverse identities represented within our Council. We strive to uphold the ideals of friendship, equity, and diversity. You can find our members anywhere on campus fighting for more inclusive practices and empowering individuals within our communities. By becoming a part of Greek life, you will find your voice and be given a number of opportunities to put your passions into action. No matter your ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality, there is always a place for you within MGC! Rac he l R - M u lt icu lt u ra l Greek C o u n cil P r e sid e n t

After joining the Greek community at Iowa State University, you will be immersed into a strong and supportive network of individuals. The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Iowa State University is a very close-knit community. It is comprised of goaloriented individuals who strive to better themselves and their communities. Since their inception, organizations in the National Pan-Hellenic Council have taken an active role in supporting and uplifting the Black community. We promote sisterhood/brotherhood, scholarship, and leadership which reflects in the service we provide to our communities and respective organizations. Gaining membership within the National Pan-Hellenic Council is the first step towards a lifetime of sisterhood and brotherhood. We look forward to speaking with you soon! Ch a n d l e r W _ Na ti o n a l P a n -He l l e n i c Council Pr esident

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL Members interested in joining one of these chapters will participate in intake. Members must have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members will not join until their second semester at Iowa State University, at the earliest. Members interested in a National PanHellenic organization are encouraged to attend Meet the Greeks, held each semester for all six organizations, and/or attend an informational session for one of the organizations. students who are interested in joining an NPHC chapter can start attending the chapter’s events and engaging with their members to determine if there this chapter is right for them. For more information, visit NPHCIntake.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL CHAPTERS • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS. Every member of a fraternity or sorority agrees to be fiscally responsible as a student and a chapter member. Each chapter conducts their own billing and financial processes through online or payment plans. The chapter bills separately from the university bill. Membership fees include local and inter/ national (if applicable) membership dues, one-time fees (such as initiation or new member fees) and room and board, if the chapter has a house. Oftentimes financial aid packages can be applied to fraternity and sorority costs. As each student has an individualized award package, please check with the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information. There are many scholarships awarded to Greek members through their local chapter, inter/national organization and through Iowa State University. Members are encouraged to seek out scholarships through these resources or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at


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MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL AND NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL Each Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council organization will annually assess chapter dues, inter/national dues, joining fee and lifelong membership fees. Any questions can be directed to the local chapter.


HOUSING STYLES Many fraternity and sorority facilities are considered congregate housing. Congregate housing includes a private bedroom with one to three roommates. All residents of the house share living and activity space including dining rooms, formal living rooms, family rooms/dens, activity rooms, meeting rooms, and study rooms. Amenities include: House Director (most sororities and fraternities), meals provided by a cook or catering service, on-site laundry, wireless internet, parking (varies by chapter), study areas, computer rooms, and access to academic resources.

HOUSE DIRECTORS A house director is a live-in full-time role or graduate student employed by the chapter house corporation to oversee the daily operations of the facility. Their responsibilities vary from chapter to chapter. Typically the house director supervises staff including cooks/catering, waiters, cleaning services, and/or other contracted services. House directors are trained to manage the facility, develop mentoring relationships with chapter members and ensure rules and policies are upheld.

MEALS Catering services and chefs accommodate for any dietary needs student may require. Some chapters offer members who do not live in the chapter house the opportunity to eat meals at the house which may be included in their chapter dues. If a student is living in the residence hall and meals are not offered at the chapter house, it is recommended to purchase a meal plan to use at the ISU dining centers. Many members who live in the chapter house and have meals provided also may purchase Dining Dollars to use on campus.

THE IOWA STATE GREEK COMMUNITY HAS 44 FACILITIES THAT HOUSE APPROXIMATELY 2,000 STUDENTS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR. Each chapter house occupies between 29 and 89 students. Facilities are considered university-affiliated housing as they are owned by private nonprofit corporation boards, LLCs, or their national housing corporation. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is cost-comparable to living in the Iowa State residence halls. Individuals who join a fraternity or sorority with a house may be able to break their ISU Department of Residence contract after they join and move into the chapter house. For more information about contract breaks including the updated policy, visit

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL LIVING Fifteen of our seventeen Collegiate Panhellenic Council chapters have houses. Chapter houses range in size from 49 to 69 beds. Typically, students who join a Collegiate Panhellenic Council organization with a house live in the residence halls their first year and then move in the following year, if space allows. Upperclassmen typically live in off-campus housing, pending facility occupancy.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL LIVING Twenty-nine of our thirty-two IFC chapters have houses south of campus. Chapter houses range in size from 29 to 89 beds. Students who join an Interfraternity Council chapter with a house have the option of moving into the chapter house before their first semester at Iowa State or any time after that point. If a member would like to move into a fraternity house for their first semester at Iowa State, they are encouraged to check out the Department of Residence and Office of Greek Affairs Contract Cancellation Policy, which can be found at contract-breaks.

SLEEPING STYLE Chapters are organized as suite-style, cold air-style, or bedroom-style living; or a combination of sleeping styles. Suite-style living is where three to six people share a common living space. Cold air-style living is where houses have large common sleeping quarters with bunked beds. Traditionally, windows are kept open year-round, but recently many cold airs are heated/cooled appropriate to the season. Chapter members have two- to three-person private living quarters separate from cold airs. Bedroom-style living is similar to a residence hall where beds and personal belongings are in one room and occupied by two to three people.



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2 . A d e la n t e _ 3 18 We l c h Av e n u e

1 7 . P hi Gam m a Del ta (F IJI) _ 3 2 5 As h Av e n ue

3 . A lp h a G a mm a R h o _ 20 1 G ray Av e n u e

1 8 . P hi Kappa Ps i _ 3 1 6 Ly n n Av e n u e

4 . A lp h a Ka p p a L a m b d a _ 2 6 3 5 K n a p p S tre e t

1 9 . P hi Kappa Theta _ 2 1 1 0 L i n c o l n Wa y

5 . A lp h a Sig ma P h i _ 22 3 Ly n n Av e n u e

2 0 . P i Kappa Al pha _ 2 1 1 2 L i n c o l n Wa y

6 . A lp h a Ta u O m e g a _ 21 2 2 L i n c o l n Wa y

2 1 . P i Kappa Phi _ 4 0 7 We l c h

7 . B e t a Sig ma P si _ 2 1 3 2 S u n s e t D ri v e

2 2 . S i gm a Chi _ 2 1 3 6 L i n c o l n Wa y

8 . B e t a T h e t a P i _ 21 2 0 L i n c o l n Wa y

2 3 . S i gm a Phi Eps i l on _ 2 2 8 Gra y Av e n u e

9 . D e lt a Ch i _ 3 25 We l c h Av e

2 4 . S i gm a Pi _ 2 1 8 As h Av e n u e

1 0 . D e lt a Ta u D e l ta _ 21 2 1 S u n s e t D ri v e

2 5 . Tau Kappa Eps i l on _ 2 2 4 As h Av e n u e

1 1 . D e lt a Sig ma P h i _ 30 7 Ly n n Av e

2 6 . T heta Del ta Chi _ 2 1 7 As h Av e n u e

1 2 . D e lt a U p s ilo n _ 1 1 7 A s h Av e n u e

2 7 . T heta Xi _ 3 1 5 We l c h Av e n u e

1 3 . F a r mH o u s e _ 31 1 A s h Av e n u e

2 8 . T heta Chi _ 2 1 9 As h Av e n u e

1 4 . K a p p a Sig ma _ 2 3 7 A s h Av e n u e

2 9 . Tri angl e _ 1 4 0 Ly n n Av e

1 5 . L a mb d a Ch i A l p h a _ 2 0 3 A s h Av e n u e

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL SORORITIES 3 0 . A lp h a Ch i O m e g a _ 30 1 Ly n n Av e n u e

3 8 . D el ta Zeta _ 2 1 3 8 Su n s e t Dri v e

3 1 . A lp h a D e lt a P i _ 2 1 2 5 G ree l ey S tre e t

3 9 . G am m a Phi Beta _ 3 1 8 P e a rs o n Av e n u e

3 2 . A lp h a G a mm a D e l ta _ 2 1 1 8 S u n s e t D ri v e

4 0 . K appa Al pha Theta _ 2 2 3 9 Kn a p p Stre e t

3 3 . A lp h a O mic ro n P i _ 20 0 7 G ree l ey S tre e t

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3 4 . A lp h a Ph i _ 3 0 7 A s h Av e

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4 3 . P i Beta Phi _ 2 0 8 As h Av e n u e

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