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.
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.