If you’re considering joining a sorority, you should know all your options for sorority membership. There are different types of social sororities, under multiple councils, as well as some sororities that operate independently. While all of these organizations work toward a common mission and seek to foster a sense of community among members, every council’s member sororities will offer a slightly different membership experience from the sororities in another council.
We want to help you find the sorority that is the right fit for you and knowing the difference between the various councils can help with that decision. We encourage you to learn more about each council and keep an open mind about what you’re looking for in a sorority as you begin your membership journey.
National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA)
The National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) is an association of 20 collegiate member fraternities and sororities (listed below) with an interest in culture and serving the APIDA community. Founded in 2004, NAPA provides a forum to share ideas and resources within its members and supports the development of positive relations through open communication with interfraternal partners.
NAPA member organizations:
- Alpha Kapp Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.
- Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
- Alpha Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc.
- Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc.
- Chi Sigma Tau National Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Epsilon Psi National Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Kappa Delta National Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Phi Lambda National Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Phi Omega National Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Iota National Fraternity, Inc.
- Iota Nu Delta National Fraternity, Inc.
- Kappa Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
- Kappa Phi Lambda National Sorority, Inc.
- Kappa Pi Beta National Fraternity, Inc.
- Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.
- Pi Alpha Phi National Fraternity, Inc.
- Pi Delta Psi National Fraternity, Inc.
- Sigma Beta Rho National Fraternity, Inc.
- Sigma Psi Zeta National Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Sigma Rho National Sorority, Inc.
National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Inc. (NALFO)
The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations Inc. (NALFO) is an umbrella organization for Latino Greek-letter organizations. It was established in 1998 to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education. Today, NALFO’s 16 fraternities and sororities (listed below) are bound by a shared commitment to fraternal unity, family values and empowering Latino and under-served communities.
NALFO member organizations:
- Alpha Phi Sigma Sorority, Inc.
- Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc.
- Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.
- Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
- Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
- Latino America Unida Lambda Alpha Upsilon
- Latinas Promviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi
- Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Incorporated
- Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc.
- Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.
- La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
- Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
- Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
- Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC)
After multicultural organizations saw a serge of growth in the ‘80s and ‘90s, there was a clear need to create a platform where multicultural fraternities and sororities could work together. The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) was established in 1998 to bring these fraternal organizations together. Today, the 10 NMGC organizations (listed below) work to strengthen their presence on college and university campuses while meeting the NMGC mission to promote multiculturalism by advocating for justice and equity, cultivating interfraternal relationships and empowering its member organizations.
NMGC member organizations:
- Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
- Theta Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
- Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc.
- Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.
- Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc.
- Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
- Phi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity Incorporated (Men’s organization)
- Phi Sigma Chi Multicultural Fraternity, Inc. (Men’s organization)
- Gamma Eta Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Xi Nu Sorority, Inc.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, women attending colleges/universities found they were facing unequal social customs and the underlying presumption they were less able than men and decided to ban together, forming social sororities for women. Having a strong belief in the power of women’s friendship, they came together to form the National Panhellenic Conference on May 24, 1902, in an effort to begin fostering interfraternal relationships. Today, NPC is made up of 26 inter/national women’s-only social sororities (listed below) and is the largest organization advocating for the sorority experience. NPC’s values of friendship, leadership, service, knowledge, integrity and community guide the organization to fulfill its mission to be the premier advocacy and support organization for the advancement of the sorority experience.
NPC member organizations:
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Alpha Delta Pi
- Alpha Epsilon Phi
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Alpha Omicron Pi
- Alpha Phi
- Alpha Sigma Alpha
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Chi Omega
- Delta Delta Delta
- Delta Gamma
- Delta Phi Epsilon
- Delta Zeta
- Gamma Phi Beta
- Kappa Alpha Theta
- Kappa Delta
- Kappa Kappa Gamma
- Phi Mu
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Pi Beta Phi
- Sigma Delta Tau
- Sigma Kappa
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Theta Phi Alpha
- Zeta Tau Alpha
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded on May 10, 1930, at Howard University. The organizations of NPHC came together when African Americans were not being provided the same opportunity as their white peers, creating a need for African Americans to have a space to gather and share in their common goals and ideals. NPHC groups came together to foster brotherhood and sisterhood while bringing about social change through social programs that would being positive change for Black people and the country. Today, there are nine NPHC organizations (listed below) that uphold the purpose of the NPHC to foster relationships between members, develop local NPHC councils and offer leadership training. All NPHC member organizations remain focused on community awareness and action through educational, economic and cultural service activities.
NPHC member organizations:
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
If have questions about the councils or member organizations listed above, we encourage you to reach out to the councils on your campus to learn more.