Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital
We’re excited about your interest in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital University. Our community is comprised of 12 organizations within the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Association. Each of these organizations offers a transformative and enriching experience for their members. Our community consists of a multitude of student leaders who share their experiences, perspectives, and passions from every aspect of the CapFam.
Fraternity and Sorority Life is part of the Office of Student and Community Engagement. As an office, we strive to provide an inclusive environment for growth and development through extra and co-curricular learning experiences, both on campus and in the community, for all students.
Fraternity and Sorority Life strives to offer a values-based experience that will allow community members to develop into agents of change in their present and future communities. The foundation of our community is academic success, community engagement, philanthropy and service, and a shared sense of siblinghood. Through our collective efforts, we hope to create an inclusive and open community, challenge the boundaries of what is possible, and authentically contribute to our shared success.
Number of Chapters at Capital University
Capital’s Undergraduate Student Population in Fraternities and Sororities
All-FSL Grade Point Average
Joining a Fraternity or Sorority at Capital is an opportunity available to all students. Recruitment/Intake activities will vary based upon council and the time of year. Our Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association (PHA) typically hold a formal recruitment period in the fall and an informal recruitment period in the spring. Both IFC & PHA participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) which takes place outside of formal recruitment. Our National Pan-Hellenic Conference chapters (NPHC) will hold their intake processes at various points of the academic year.
Potential New Member (PNM) Information Booklet:
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Capital University is the coordinating body for four of the social fraternities on campus (Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Psi, and Sigma Alpha Beta). Consisting of five elected executive officers, two representatives from each fraternity, the council establishes and coordinates all recruitment activities, motivates and supervises academic achievement, governs the actions of its member chapters, and promotes community service projects throughout the year.
Interfraternity Council - Social Fraternities
Alpha Sigma Phi is currently the fastest growing fraternity in the nation, and we strive to be a positive presence on campus. Alpha Sigma Phi was founded at Yale University on December 6th, 1845. We are primarily a social fraternity, but our service work is really what defines our organization. We have 5 philanthropic partners that we work closely with to make change both in our local community and nationally: Active Minds for mental health, Aware Awake Alive for alcohol abuse, Home For Our Troops for veterans, Shatterproof for drug abuse, and Rainn for sexual assault/domestic abuse. Our chapter at Capital University is one of more than 140 across the country, and the leadership experiences you can gain by being part of our fraternity are incredibly valuable. For more information about us and what we do, check out our social media!
Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma is the largest social fraternity in the world. We stand by our four pillars: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. The Tau Mu chapter of Kappa Sigma was chartered in the spring of 2015. Annually, our chapter participates in the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, as well as host several formal events. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity will better your college experience and opens the door for opportunities, unlike and any other organization.
Colors: Scarlet, White, Emerald Green
Sigma Alpha Beta Fraternity is a Co-ed Fraternity founded at Capital University in 2007 on the values of Christianity with an acceptance of people of all walks of Faith, Service, Brotherhood and Sisterhood. The purpose of this Fraternity is to deepen the lives of the members and the surrounding community through service, fellowship, and fraternal love.
Sigma Alpha Beta is currently inactive. For more information, please email email@example.com.
The Ohio Xi chapter of Phi Kappa Psi. We are a national fraternity centered around a strong code of ethics, morals, and values. Phi Kappa Psi was founded at Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) on February 19th, 1852. Together as a brotherhood we aim to build and evolve our brothers individual strengths and weaknesses through professional development and a strong system of camaraderie. Phi Kappa Psi is founded on the great joy of serving others, highlighting the great rewards that come with being selfless.
National Pan-Hellenic Association
The National Pan-Hellenic Association at Capital University collaborates with several city-wide and graduate chapters to provide our students with opportunities to participate in a historically-Black fraternity or sorority. We currently have affiliations with the following organizations:
National Pan-Hellenic Fraternities
The first historically-Black fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1906 at Cornell University. The Omicron Rho city-wide chapter has a history of membership that includes men from many of the Columbus-area colleges & universities. The fraternity supports several initiatives such as a Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Project Alpha, and Go to High School Go to College.
Learn More About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The first historically-Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University in 1908. The Precious Pi Gamma city-wide chapter has an affiliation with many Columbus-area colleges and universities. The sorority supports several initiatives which may be highlighted during their Skee Week. These include support of physical and mental wellness, financial literacy, and supporting historically-black colleges and universities.
The sorority was founded at Howard University in 1913. The Nu-Phi city-wide chapter has an affiliation with several Columbus-area colleges and Universities. The organization supports several programs through their Delta Week, such as: health and wellness programming, human trafficking awareness, and voter registration/census awareness programs.
Learn More About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in 1914. The fraternity has focused on improving the global community through dedicated service. The fraternity has four main programs: supporting minority-owned businesses, social action programs, a national education program, and the Sigma Beta Club which is a youth auxiliary group.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1922 at Butler University. The Iota Nu Sigma Alumnae chapter is available for women in the Columbus-area to join, including undergraduate women at Capital University. Some of the sorority’s key programs are Project BigBookBag, Women’s Wellness Initiative, and Project Cradle Care.
The Panhellenic Association (PHA) at Capital University is the coordinating body for four of the social fraternities on campus (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Pi Phi Epsilon). Consisting of four elected executive officers, one representative from each sorority, PHA is responsible for promoting positive relations between sororities, coordinating council-wide activities, formal recruitment, informal recruitment, and upholding academic achievement.
Panhellenic Association Sororities
Alpha Sigma Alpha is a national women’s sorority that was originally founded at Longwood University in 1901. Brought to Capital’s campus in 2012, Alpha Sigma Alpha has thrived as a sorority that aims to develop women of poise and purpose. With three national philanthropies, Alpha Sigma Alpha members love to give back to their community through service and charitable giving. Some of our favorite events that we hold on campus include the ASA/Phi Psi volleyball tournament in the fall, Special Olympics Polar Plunge in the winter, and our annual Dessert Auction in the spring.
Learn More About Alpha Sigma Alpha
Delta Phi Epsilon was founded in 1917 on the values of justice, sisterhood, and love at the New York University School of Law. This is an organization that works continuously to uphold these values in everyday life. We are passionate about our philanthropies and host events every semester in order to raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), the Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the Delta Phi Epsilon Education Foundation. Our sisters believe in bonding through their similarities, while teaching and learning about their difference but most importantly accepting and celebrating them. Delta Phi Epsilon believes in diversity and inclusion, and it is of the utmost importance that each sister embraces her uniqueness and finds a home on campus. We support ourselves, each other, and the community through strengthening their bonds of sisterhood and offering lifelong support. This is a sisterhood that lasts a lifetime where anyone can find the love they deserve!
Pi Phi Epsilon was founded as a sorority in 1963 and is the only local sorority at Capital University. Our sorority mascot is the Panda Bear, and our colors are green and white. Living by the motto of Love and Service, we focus on the uniqueness and individuality of each sorority member. The purpose of Pi Phi Epsilon is to promote sisterhood and unity among its members, to foster friendship, to strive for higher ideals, to help others through service, to further social development and leadership, to create and maintain a sense of community with all Greek organizations, and, above all, to uphold the standards of Capital University.
Phi Sigma Sigma is a national social sorority which was founded in 1913. Phi Sigma Sigma's open moto is Diokete Hupsala which in Greek translates to "aim high". Members in this Greek organization strive to aim high in all endeavors. Our main philanthropy is the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation which is a philanthropy all chapters of Phi Sigma Sigma support. This philanthropy is for school and college readiness and we hold many events like school supply drives, Mr. Capital, and more to raise money and awareness. Our other philanthropy is a local philanthropy that only our chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma has and it is the Alexandria Leigh Goodwin Angel Foundation (ALGA Foundation). This philanthropy was adopted after a sister, Alexandria passed away suddenly. This foundation was made in her honor and we hold events like a 5K to raise awareness as well as kindness week on campus to continue her kind legacy she left behind. When we are not holding events for our philanthropies, we are doing sisterhood events to help strengthen our sisterhood and "home away from home" feeling we hope to establish within the sorority. We offer many leadership opportunities and are always excited to expand our sisterhood and welcome new members.
As you learn more about fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to get acquainted with these frequently used terms.
As you learn more about fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to get acquainted with these frequently used terms.
Active: A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.
Alumni/Alumnae: Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.
Badge or Pin: The pin of an initiated member.
Bid: A formal invitation to membership in a particular fraternity or sorority.
Big Brother or Big Sister (Big): An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding him or her through the new member education program and initiation.
Call/Chant: Audible sounds used by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members. Calls may vary regionally within organizations, and some organizations may use more than one call.
Chapter: A local group of the larger (inter)national organization, designated by a special Greek name.
City-wide Chapters: Similar to the definition of “Chapter”. Some NPHC organizations may have a city-wide chapters comprised of several local colleges and universities.
Community Service or Public Service: Time and effort donated toward a charitable cause or community institution to benefit the public. (Please note the difference between community service and philanthropy).
Crossed: the same as being initiated. The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being non-affiliated to being an initiated member. Most groups record this time to the second. Term also refers to "Crossing the Burning Sands"
DOP/DP: the membership educator in a NPHC or Multicultural organization. Short for Dean of Pledges an old term that the groups still use. ADOP/ADP would be the assistant dean.
Drop: the term used to refer to someone who de-pledged, or stopped pledging.
Financial: term used to refer to an active member. (ie. Someone paying dues.)
Executive Office or Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority. Often referred to as National Headquarters, International Headquarters, or just Nationals.
Formal Recruitment: The membership selection period held in August/September.
Fraternity: The name that applies to all Greek organizations characterized by a ritual, badge and strong ties to friendship and moral principles. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities.
Grad/Alumni Chapter: The graduate chapter of NPHC or Multicultural organization. Usually the local grad chapter oversees the operations of the undergraduate chapter.
Hand sign: used to identify members of the same organization. Most have a deep meaning to that organization or ritualistic symbol.
Informational or Rush: often a formal recruitment event for NPHC or Multicultural organizations.
Informal Recruitment: The membership selection period for fraternities and sororities with openings throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Initiation: The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements in order to be initiated.
Intake: The process several chapters perform to recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members. Term mainly used in NPHC or Multicultural organizations.
Interest: title of a potential new member who the group knows is interested. Sometimes these students will band together and form an interest group.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of 5 fraternities at Capital. IFC operates under the affiliation requirements of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
Legacy: The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each (inter)national organization has its own policy regarding legacies.
Line: The members of a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class.
Line Brother or Line Sister: The term used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations that refers to the other members that were in their new member class. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.
Line Jacket: Worn by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization, these lightweight windbreakers usually have the organization's name, letters, crest, crossing chapter, crossing date, line number, line name, and other graphics and information stitched onto them.
Line Name: The name given to a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class. Some groups do number their lines by Alpha, Beta, Gamma…. But also their line has a name to define them. Many times it is an acronym. Line Name(s) can also refer to the individual member’s line name which is often given by new members Big Brothers or Big Sisters.
Little Brother or Little Sister (Little): A new member of a fraternity or sorority who will be matched with a Big (Brother or Sister) to begin a mentoring relationship as they go through the New Member Education program and beyond.
Membership Recruitment: The mutual selection process that prospective members and chapter members go through during the recruitment period to get to know one another.
National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): The representative body governing historically Latino/Latina Greek Letter organizations. There are no affiliated NALFO organizations on Capital’s campus, but you may interact with members of a NALFO organization if you attend larger Greek conferences.
Neophyte (aka "Neo"): A new member of a cultural Greek organization in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.
New Member Presentation (aka Probate): a formal presentation of a new line to campus. Usually done in a public forum after members have been initiated into a NPHC or Multicultural organization.
New Member Education (NME): A period of learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation. This period varies for all groups.
New Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.
NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference): Governing body for 72 national member men's fraternities and alumni associations.
NPC (National Panhellenic Conference): The umbrella organization for 26 women's fraternities. NPC supports its chapters by promoting values, education, leadership, friendship, cooperation, and citizenship
NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council): A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American.
Number or Club: the number you are assigned based on the chronological order you are in on your initiation line (often members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization identify or relate to one another by distinguishing that they are the "same" number).
Order of Omega - National Greek Leadership Honor Society: Limited to top 3% of members in the Greek Community at Capital University. Must have a GPA at or greater then Greek GPA, junior or senior status, significant leadership and service to the campus and the Greek community.
Para (aka "Nalia"): short for paraphernalia. The different items of Greek clothing or items someone is wearing.
Panhellenic Association: The governing body of 4 sororities at Capital. PHA operates under the affiliation requirements of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).
Philanthropy: Fundraising activities or service projects for charitable institutions, or charitable aid/donations to these institutions. (Please note the difference between philanthropy and community service).
Potential New Member (PNM): A college student who is interested in joining a Greek Organization and is taking part in the recruitment process.
Preferencing: During the last part of Panhellenic sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which particular sorority she is willing to join. The potential new member lists three sororities in her order of preference.
Prophyte: term used to refer to an older brother/sister from your chapter in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.
Quota: The specified number of potential new members to which each sorority may extend a bid.
Rho Gamma or Rho Gam (aka Recruitment Guide): A Panhellenic sorority member who has disaffiliated herself from her chapter during formal membership recruitment. She is specially trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.
Sands: A member of your organization or another NPHC or Multicultural organization that was initiated during the same semester as you were. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.
Social or Mixer: A get-together event with another Greek organization.
Soror or Sawrah: term used to refer to a sister in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.
Stepping: A historically black tradition characterized by synchronized hand foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting, and acting. Many Latino/Latina and Multicultural groups participate in stepping as well.
Stroll (aka Party Walk, Party Hop): A line dance done by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organizations; usually done at a party or step show.
TeeKee: the large necklace worn with large Greek letters on them by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations. Similar to a lavaliere but much larger and often made out of wood.
Total: Total is the allowable chapter size, including both new and initiated members, as determined by the Panhellenic Council.
Yard: the term used to refer to the particular campus or university a chapter is at. This term is usually used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations.