Phi Beta Kappa, the first American college fraternity, was organized on the campus of the College of William and Mary in 1776. Men and women are members of this college honorary scholarship society.
Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities have played a major role in American college life since 1776. Black college fraternities and sororities did not emerge until the early 1900s. Till this day black fraternities and sororities have remained very active at the graduate level. Since their founding, these groups have played a major role in the cultural, social and civic life of their communities.
Listed are the nine member organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the university and year in which they were founded:
Historically Black Fraternities:
•Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Cornell University, 1906
•Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, 1911
•Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Howard University, 1911
•Phi Beta Sigma, Howard University, 1914
•Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Morgan State University, 1963
Historically Black Sororities:
•Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Howard University, 1908
•Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Howard University, 1913
•Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Howard University, 1920
•Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Butler University, 1922