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)