Our History

The story of the University of Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Community started in 1866 when the first fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, was established on campus. Almost 15 years later, the first women's chapter, Kappa Kappa Gamma, received their charter at Iowa. From the beginning, both fraternities and sororities recognized the value that brotherhood and sisterhood could bring to the college experience.

The University of Iowa is proud to have been the starting place for two Latino/a-based chapters, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. in 1990, and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. in 1986. Both of these Alpha chapters are still active at Iowa. 

The Panhellenic Council was excited to welcome an Associate Member organization to campus in 2008. Phi Beta Chi, a faith-based sorority, is the Chi chapter at Iowa. 

In 2009, the Iowa FSL Community welcomed its first interest group of the Asian-interest sorority, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. The interest group was known as E.I.G.H.T. In 2010, the Iowa Community welcomed the first interest group of the Asian-interest fraternity, Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2011, the community began an interest fraternity group of gay, bi-sexual and progressive men, known as Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity. 

The year 2009 also saw the creation of the fourth governing council: the Multicultural Greek Council, or MGC. Together with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Council (PHC), the MGC helps make up the FSL Community at Iowa.

One hundred and forty-nine years later, we are a community of over 3,600 students who are members of one of our 53 fraternities and sororities. This includes 23 Interfraternity Council chapters, 7 National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters, 9 Multicultural Greek Council chapters, and 15 Panhellenic Council chapters.