Greek Life

Greek Life

History

Fraternity and Sorority Life has a long history of tradition and excellence at the University of Cincinnati, since 1840. UC has been home to over 50 national fraternities and sororities, and more than 22,000 alumni have passed through our community. (Some estimates are that as many as 50,000 alumni have passed through our community.)

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Shortly after Beta Theta Pi's birth at Miami of Ohio in 1839, it established a second chapter at the University of Cincinnati (then the Cincinnati College) which thus established in 1840 the first fraternity at what is now the University of Cincinnati. Sigma Chi was founded in 1882, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon shortly after in 1889. Beta Theta Pi was revived in 1890, and Phi Delta Theta was the last men's fraternity to be founded before the turn of the century.

The first sorority founded at the University of Cincinnati was Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1885. However, they relinquished their charter shortly thereafter, and three of the four members became founders of a local group until 1913 when it chartered as Kappa Alpha Theta. Delta Delta Delta was the second women's fraternity founded at our university in 1892.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta were the first historically African-American fraternity and sorority (respectively) founded at the University of Cincinnati, both in 1920.

Click the above image to go to the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library "Going Greek: Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati" exhibit.

The exhibit includes a history of our Greek community as traced through UC Library records, with house pictures, other photos, and Greek terminology through the years.

This exhibit was compiled and is updated by Archives and Rare Books, not Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Archives and Rare Books holds only two small collections from UC Greek organizations, a collection of early minutes and financial records of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and a collection of financials and newsletters from Trianon sorority. If any fraternity or sorority wishes to have their historical materials considered for placement in the University Archives, please contact the Archives and Rare Books Library.