Sorority and Fraternity Life

Sororities and fraternities have played an important role for undergraduate students at Washington University in St. Louis for more than 100 years.

About 2,400 students are members of a sorority or fraternity, making up approximately 35 percent of the undergraduate student population. We currently have 26 recognized chapters: National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO), 12 Interfraternity Council (IFC) Chapters, one campus-based and three city-wide National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters, and nine Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) Chapters.

The advising, programs, and resources offered by Campus Life for sorority and fraternity members will place intentional focus on our FSL community’s six guiding values: well-being, belonging, social justice, responsibility, self-governance, and personal growth. In addition, we challenge and guide our chapters continually pursue these values in all they do.


The active pursuit of emotional, mental and physical wellness by and for the chapter and its individual members.


The establishment of close-knit community through sisterhood or brotherhood on the basis of shared values, ritual and tradition, and fun social experiences.

Social Justice

The comprehensive understanding of power, privilege, and oppression through the integration of the understanding of self with a commitment to action; part of this action includes members developing an understanding of the role their organization plays in systems of privilege and oppression.


The ownership of the sorority or fraternity membership experience in all its facets: accountability and positive conduct, scholarship and academic achievement, community service and philanthropy, membership development, and social opportunities.


The ability to independently exercise all of the necessary functions of accountability and to choose between right and wrong through knowledge of, commitment to, and willingness to accept responsibility for policies and expectations; the ability for members to autonomously identify and address key community issues in an ongoing manner.

Personal Growth

The ongoing development of individual members rooted in the cultivation of skills such as leadership, empathy, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.

Learn more about the four FSL entities at WashU


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Questions? Contact James McLendon, Assistant Director for Campus Life.