There is an extensive history of Greek letter organizations at Franklin College starting with the first fraternity founded on campus, Phi Delta Theta, in 1860. The founding of this fraternity established the beginning of a one hundred and fifty-two year relationship between Franklin College and Greek letter student organizations. Sororities first established themselves on campus in 1878.
One of the cornerstones of fraternity/sorority life is a commitment to helping others. Members of fraternities and sororities spend many hours each year providing service to those who are less fortunate. In addition, Greek organizations sponsor events which raise money for many worthwhile agencies including the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin, First Book, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Within each chapter there is a close friendship, often described as a brotherhood or sisterhood, which only the fraternity or sorority atmosphere can foster. Also, recent studies indicate that Franklin College Greeks have higher grade point averages and graduation rates than their unaffiliated peers.
How to Join?
Membership recruitment is a time set aside for current fraternity and sorority members and new students to become better acquainted. At Franklin College sorority formal recruitment takes place in early October while the fraternities have an open recruitment system where they may extend membership throughout the academic year. All new students are encouraged to participate in recruitment events-- there is no obligation to join an organization at the end of the process, it is just a great way to meet a lot of new people! To learn more about the recruitment process for men and women, check out the links in the menu.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body of the five Inter/National fraternities represented on our campus. IFC exists to promote the most complete personal, intellectual, physical and social development of its members. Keep in touch with IFC by becoming a fan of us on Facebook.
The Panhellenic Association is the governing body for the National Panhellenic Conference sororities on college campuses. "Panhel" helps Franklin's three sororities realize their individual goals while uniting them under the overall Greek tradition. Two delegates from each chapter represent their individual sororities and help keep inter-Greek relations strong. Keep in touch with Panhel by becoming a fan of us on Facebook.