About Fraternities and Sororities

The UMass Amherst campus provides a wide range of academic, social, and community service activities for students. Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a good first step toward enjoying all the benefits that college life has to offer. A fraternity or sorority chapter is also a way to make the campus feel more like a home.

Collectively, fraternities and sororities constitute one of the largest student groups on campus, and membership makes up about  8.5 % of the undergraduate population. Fraternities and sororities are about friendships, scholarship, community service, philanthropy, advocacy, brotherhood, sisterhood and leadership. It's about bettering the UMass Amherst community and the Town of Amherst through service and social functions. It's about traditions, learning valuable lessons, and establishing life-long friendships. It's about shaping the identity of one of the nation's most prestigious campuses with a continuing fraternity presence since 1869.

Each fraternity and sorority chapter at UMass Amherst and across the nation was founded on the ideals of friendship, love, service, and scholarship. The bond of brother/sisterhood is one rooted in shared values, respect, and friendship. The journey to brother/sisterhood is unique to every individual; just as every person in the UMass Amherst fraternity and sorority system is a unique individual. The results, however, are the same for us all; lifelong friendships with people who share in our beliefs and ideals of what are right, good, and true.

Equally important, fraternities and sororities offer the opportunity for leadership experiences that can enrich a life on campus and beyond. Many of the University's faculty and staff are members of fraternities and sororities. Fraternity and sorority members are found in all facets of today's society, from government to business to the arts and service agencies.

The University encourages students to fully explore the opportunity offered by the 40+ fraternities and sororities on the campus.