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Greek Life

Gentlemen, Start Your Chariots

As you mount your two-wheeled chariot, you can feel your opponents’ presence next to you on the starting line. The arena is filling with spectators and their cries grow louder, chanting a familiar battle cry. But you’re only focused on one thing—winning.

The trumpets sound, the flags are waved, and you’re jolted ahead in a flash.

No, this isn’t Ancient Rome. It’s Hampton Drive.

Every Homecoming, hundreds of Butler students and alumni gather to watch fraternities compete in the high-stakes Chariot Races. It’s one of Butler’s oldest traditions and just one of the many Greek Life events happening all year round.

Starting spring semester of your freshman year, you have the option of joining and living in one of the five fraternities or seven sororities on campus. It’s a good way to meet new people, build lasting relationships, develop leadership skills, and participate in philanthropic, academic, and social activities.

 

Greek Organizations at Butler

Panhellenic Sororities

Sororities have long history at Butler, with the first chapter established in 1874. The primary focus of Panhel is to foster unity and encourage high standards among all sorority women and to work for the good of Butler University and its women students. 

Interfraternity Council Chapters

Representatives of our five fraternities comprise the membership of the Interfraternity Council (IFC). IFC coordinates men’s recruitment, provides service to the campus and community, and works with the sorority Panhellenic council to plan all-campus events.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Butler and its students have a long history with chapters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities. In joining an NPHC organization, you become more than a member of one chapter—you also join a self-supporting organization that will guide you throughout the remainder of your years at Butler, and for life