Joining a Greek Organization

We are proud of our Greek letter organizations for the contributions they make to Dartmouth and the surrounding communities. Last year, the community donated more than $300,000 to philanthropic causes. Academics are also important, with the Greek grade point average higher than the unaffiliated student average.


Many members of the Class of 2019 will participate in the fraternity and sorority recruitment process on campus this year. The relationships developed within fraternal organizations can be a meaningful and rewarding experience both during college and after. The decision to join should be made thoughtfully and with an individual’s values in mind in order to make a choice that suits your hopes and aspirations. In order for you to be fully prepared for recruitment, we are providing all the dates and contact details, as well as more information on how recruitment works.

How to Join

Currently, there are 28 different Greek chapters active on campus: 3 gender inclusive fraternities, 10 sororities, and 15 fraternities. Most operate from residential facilities (either a free-standing house or a college-owned apartment). 

If you decide to join a Greek letter organization, you will make a commitment to the organization and participate in an orientation or intake process. This process can last no longer than six weeks and will serve as a way of familiarizing the newest members with the history, activities, governing structures and values of the organization. 

The Office of Greek Life staff review the content, activities and curriculum of every new member program for each recognized Greek letter organization. Each student participating in the recruitment process must complete a program educating them on the Dartmouth hazing policy and services available to them as new members, as well as a Dartmouth Bystander Initiative program, facilitated by staff from the Student Wellness Center.

Recognized Organizations

Dartmouth College values student leadership and learning and chooses to support organizations that promote individual growth within the overall context of the educational mission by granting College recognition. We are concerned for the well-being of all members participating in the Greek letter community and provide support and assistance in maintaining a safe environment.  Scholarship, leadership, service/philanthropy, brotherhood/sisterhood, inclusiveness and accountability are expectations of the fraternity and sorority experience at Dartmouth College. 

Dartmouth College partners with Greek chapters through our “recognition” process. As a recognized group, organizations have unanimously agreed to uphold the six principles through their activities, programs, and philosophies. These principles are: 

  1. Scholarship
  2. Leadership
  3. Service
  4. Brotherhood & Sisterhood
  5. Inclusiveness
  6. Accountability

The College supports its recognized Greek letter organizations by offering programmatic and administrative assistance, physical plant and housing support, financial training and auditing, leadership and academic development, as well as individual organization advising. 

Derecognized Organizations

Dartmouth College strongly discourages student participation in derecognized organizations. Derecognized organizations are not connected or affiliated with Dartmouth College in any way and as such, are not bound by the College’s policies and regulations, including policies relating to safety in Greek letter organization housing and activities. We strongly advise all students and parents to consider this if students are recruited by or invited to attend events planned by any of these derecognized organizations.

Dartmouth students enrolled in classes or on a leave term may not live in a Greek letter, undergraduate, or senior society facility that is not recognized by the College.

The following Greek chapters have been derecognized by Dartmouth College:

  • Alpha Delta Fraternity (removed in 2015)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (removed in 2016)

Derecognition is defined in the Dartmouth College Student Handbook as permanent revocation of recognition. We direct you to the Office of Greek Life Handbook (pdf) for a description of the privileges that recognized organizations enjoy.