Greek Life

Message from the Director of Greek Life

On behalf of the Greek community at Butler University, welcome! This is a very exciting and nervous time as your student begins his or her college experience. You will notice growth as your son or daughter engages in new experiences, both in and out of the classroom. Our hope is for everyone to feel a sense of belonging and to succeed academically. Fraternities and sororities can help students find their niche on campus, offer academic support, encourage involvement in student organizations, open doors of opportunity, and give students a chance to make friends who have similar interests. You may not have had experience with Greek life before, so here is an introduction to the Greek organizations at BU.

Men's and women's fraternities have long been one of the more popular student activities at Butler. In 1859, Butler's first men's fraternity chapter was chartered. Sororities arrived in 1874. In the1920s, African-American/National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Greek organizations were chartered. Today, approximately 36% of the Butler undergraduate student population holds membership in one of 15 Greek organizations. Thirteen of the organizations are housed (6 fraternities, 7 sororities). In addition, Butler students can hold membership citywide NPHC chapters, whose membership includes students from multiple campuses.

A Greek organization is comprised of individuals of similar interests bonded together by common goals and aspirations. The term Greek is used because each organizations name consists of Greek letters that serve as a reminder of the principles and values of the group. All of Butler's fraternities and sororities belong to a larger national organization that provides directives and support for our campus chapters.  Fraternity is a name applied to all Greek-letter organizations, but commonly refers mens groups. Women's fraternities are also referred to as sororities. Chapter is the term used to describe an individual Greek organization at a specific location, such as a campus or city. All of Butler's fraternities and sororities are chapters of (inter)national organizations. Alumni/ae play an active role in assisting the members in self-governance and in planning a balanced program of academic, philanthropic, individual development, and social activities.

At Butler, we observe deferred recruitment, meaning that the process of joining is delayed until the beginning of the second semester.  Interested students will need to complete at least 12 hours of college coursework (full-time status) and meet the academic minimum requirement set by the individual organizations and/or the respective governing council.

For more information on Greek life at Butler University, feel free to contact Becky Druetzler, Director of Greek Life, at (317) 940-6590.