The National Panhellenic Council, founded in 1902, is an umbrella organization for twenty-six international women’s fraternities and sororities. Each member group is autonomous as a Greek-letter society of collegiate members and alumnae members. Members are represented in over 620 university campuses in the United States and Canada. There are over 5,300 alumnae associations making up over 2.5 million sorority women in the world.

Sororities exist because they:

  • Provide a good democratic social experience
  • Create a home away from home during the college years
  • Provide leadership opportunities
  • Give value beyond college years
  • Provide ample networking opportunity
  • Create, through their ideals, an ever-widening circle of service beyond the membership
  • Develop the individual’s potential through leadership opportunities and group effort
  • Allow one to get involved in their community
  • Fill the need of belonging
  • Develop friendships that will last long past the college years