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What is Greek Life?

Greek life is as old as the United States Constitution. For more than 200 years, fraternities and sororities have been a part of the collegiate experience.

A fraternity is a group of men who form together to form a brotherhood. A sorority is a group of women who become like each other’s sisters. Together, they are referred to as “Greeks” because of the Greek letters that are used to identify the various groups. The men and women of fraternities and sororities are bound to each other by their common values.

Greeks strive to achieve the greatest potential from each of their members, utilizing their talents and skills. They support each other in their endeavors and open doors to new opportunities.

Being a member of a group will allow you to share your interests with other students who have your best interests at heart. The members, working together toward common goals, develop the basis for lasting and lifelong friendships.


  • Community at a Glance

    Community at a Glance

    Learn more about the students in Fraternity and Sorority Life at NKU.

  • Community Programs

    Community Programs

    When you join a fraternity or sorority at Northern Kentucky University, you benefit from the many educational programs our community offers! Learn more about those opportunities.

  • Greek Terminology

    Greek Terminology

    Joining the Fraternity and Sorority Life community can feel daunting. Learning the "language" will help interested students maximize their opportunities to get involved in a community.

  • Greek Life Q+A

    Greek Life Q+A

    Students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority may find themselves with a lot of questions. Find answers to frequently asked questions on this page.