Greeks are all the same right? They all fall under the same council, have the same rules, follow the same traditions. WRONG.
On Purdue’s campus there are 4 separate Greek councils. This differs from school to school, however most schools with a large Greek population are comprised of all 4 councils.
These councils are:
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Panhellenic Association (PHA)
- National-Panhellenic Council (NPHC)
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has been host to fraternities and sororities since 1875. Today, Purdue has one of the nation’s largest Communities for Sororities and Fraternities. It is made up of over 80 organizations. These 80 organizations are made up of over 5,000 students which is about 20% of Purdue’s undergraduate students.
The Interfraternity Council at Purdue is home to 42 chapters. Many IFC chapters have houses of their own on campus. Some do not, however this does not mean they are any less of a chapter.
The Panhellenic Association at Purdue is represented by 21 women’s sororities. Also known as Panhel this association holds recruitment events, formal rush, and a number of other events as a council. Each chapter hosts their own events. Some chapters do have houses on campus while others do not.
The National Panhellenic Council is made up of 9 sororities and fraternities, also known as the Divine Nine. Currently 7 out of the 9 are active on Purdue’s campus. The organizations that make up the Divine Nine are historically black organizations. At Purdue these organizations do not have designated houses. NPHC is VERY different from IFC and PHA. They differ in many ways. One being that they appreciate discretion before, and during the membership process.
The Multicultural Geek council was established at Purdue University in 2003. These chapters are centered around cultural aspects. Some are centered around Asian culture, Latino culture and many others. This council like NPHC is made up of both Fraternities and Sororities, and like NPHC they are very different from IFC and PHA.