The Greek community would like to welcome the newest members of the Gettysburg College community! We are thrilled to have you in the greater Gettysburg College family, and are excited that you are interested in learning more about joining a fraternity or sorority. Gettysburg College is home to 16 fraternities and sororities with nearly 900 current members and thousands of alumni members. The proud tradition of our fraternities and sororities dates back almost as far as the founding of the College in 1832. Gettysburg’s first fraternity arrived only 23 years later in 1855. That means that students at Gettysburg have been pledging their support for ideals such as sound learning, life-long friendship, patriotism, morality and service since before the battle of Gettysburg!
The decision to join a fraternity or sorority is not one that should be made lightly or hastily. That choice signifies a commitment to high ideals, fulfilling financial obligations and active participation in a variety of chapter activities. When utilized to its fullest, the Greek experience can be one of the most positive, impactful opportunities a student has during their collegiate years.
All of the fraternities and sororities at Gettysburg are part of national or international organizations. This means that there are shared expectations, rituals and missions for the chapters at Gettysburg and many other institutions around the country. There will be opportunities for students to participate in programs and utilize resources from their inter/national organizations and it is important to know what each organization represents and offers its members.
Gettysburg College recognizes the importance of allowing students time to acclimate to both academic and co-curricular aspects of the College before deciding if Greek Life is right for them, and so restricts membership to students that have achieved sophomore academic standing. Similarly, there are specific minimum grade requirements for each organization, as well as an overall minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA, and students must have no more than 4 judicial points in order to be eligible to join a fraternity or sorority.
Our organizations fall under 3 national umbrella associations, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). There are also 2 fraternities that are independent of these umbrella organizations. On campus, the fraternities fall under the governance of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), and the sororities fall under the Panhellenic Council (CPA). Each of these governing bodies has very different procedures for joining, and we encourage you to learn more about those processes by visiting the tab that applies to you on the left-hand side of this page.
There will be opportunities for first-year students to learn about these organizations and register for recruitment for the Panhellenic sororities and IFC fraternities around Spring Break. More information about these opportunities will be communicated throughout the spring semester. We wish you the best in the completion of your first year at Gettysburg and are happy to answer any questions you may have as you consider this decision.