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History of UNC Greeks

1795: Admission of Undergraduate Men to Carolina.

1851: Delta Kappa Epsilon charters as the first fraternity on campus.  Phi Gamma Delta fraternity colonizes.

1852: Beta Theta Pi colonizes.

1854: Delta Psi (St. Anthony Hall) forms as an all-men’s fraternity.

1855: Chi Psi and Delta Phi fraternities colonize.  Delta Phi closes 6 years later in 1861.

1856: Phi Kappa Sigma and Theta Delta Chi fraternities colonize.  Theta Delt closes in 1860.

1857: Sigma Alpha Epsilon colonizes.

1858: Chi Phi & Zeta Psi colonize.

1861: Most fraternities disband due to the Civil War. St. Anthony Hall disbands until 1926.

1875: Di and Phi Societies formed.

1879: Alpha Tau Omega colonize.

1881: Kappa Alpha Order colonizes.

1885: University officially recognizes fraternities as student organizations.

1885: Phi Delta Theta charters.

1888: Sigma Nu charters.

1889: Sigma Chi charters.

1893: Kappa Sigma charters.

1895: Pi Kappa Alpha charters.

1914: Pi Kappa Phi charters.

1917: Admission of Undergraduate Women to Carolina.

1920: Delta Sigma Phi & Theta Chi charter.

1921: Sigma Phi Epsilon & Delta Tau Delta charter.  Delt closes in 1935.

1923: Acacia fraternity charters and closes in 1932.

1923: The first sororities Pi Beta Phi and Chi Omega charter at Carolina in the same year.

1924: Tau Epsilon Phi charters.

1926: Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternities charter.  St. Anthony Hall is revived.

1927: Zeta Beta Tau fraternity charters as the first Jewish fraternity, and closes in the 1985.

1933: Delta Sigma Phi closes.

1935: Phi Sigma Kappa closes.

1937: Alpha Epsilon Pi charters as the second Jewish fraternity at Carolina, but closes in the 1960s.

1938: Theta Chi closes and recharters in 1949.

1939: Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

1940: Pi Lambda Phi fraternity charters

1943: Delta Delta Delta sorority charters.

1945: Alpha Gamma Delta sorority charters, but closes in 1965.

1949: Theta Chi recharters but closes in 1963.

1951: Kappa Delta sorority charters.

1953: Delta Upsilon charters.

1955: Admission of students of color into Carolina.

1958: Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority charters.

1963: Theta Chi closes but recharters in 1986.

1964: Phi Mu sorority charters.

1966: Kappa Alpha Theta charters.

1970: Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority charters.

1972: Delta Tau Delta recharters.

1973:  First black Greek organizations:  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., & Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. charter.

1974: Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. charter.

1976: Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities charter.

1977: Alpha Chi Omega sorority charters.

1978: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. charters.

1979: Zeta Tau Alpha sorority charters.

1980s: Number of students from non-black minority groups significantly increases.

1982: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. colonizes.

1984: Pi Lambda Phi fraternity closes.

1986: Delta Sigma Phi recolonizes in a new house on Finlay Golf Course Road.  Theta Chi recharters.

1988: Delta Zeta sorority charters.

1989: Sigma Sigma Sigma closes.

1989: IFC adopts Dry Rush Policy.

1990: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. colonizes.

1990: Sigma Alpha Epsilon closes.

1990: IFC passes policy requiring closed parties and security guards at all social events.

1991: Kappa Alpha Theta closes due to low numbers.

1991: IFC rejected proposal to ban kegs and common source alcohol and the collection of

money for alcohol at fraternity functions.

1994: Board of Trustees hold national search for advisor to fraternities and sororities.  Ron

Binder hired as Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Affairs.

1994: The first Native American sorority in the nation, Alpha Pi Omega, forms at UNC-Chapel Hill.

1994: Chi Alpha Omega Christian fraternity becomes a recognized student organization.

1995: Office of Greek Affairs established to bring Greeks more closely in line with University mission and goals. 

Ron Binder named director.

1995: Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha charter as national honorary societies for fraternity and sorority

members only.

1995: Delta Phi Epsilon sorority closes due to low numbers.

1996: Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority recolonizes at Carolina.

1996: Pi Lambda Phi begins recolonization effort.

1996: Phi Gamma Delta house fire on graduation day causes 5 student deaths.

1996: Chancellor’s Committee on Greek Affairs is created.

1996: Chancellor approves recommendations by the Committee on Greek Affairs to:

  • establish a minimum chapter grade point average (2.5) to maintain social privileges
  • implement fire safety standards for inspections and chapter fire marshals
  • maintain first semester freshmen recruitment
  • create a 8-week new member period for all groups by Fall 2000

1997: Theta Nu Xi, the first multicultural sorority in the nation, forms at UNC-Chapel Hill.

1997: Phi Beta Chi Christian social sorority forms; Sigma Alpha Epsilon recolonizes.

1997: Sigma Alpha Epsilon recolonizes.

1997: IFC and Panhellenic Council reaffirm Greek Alcohol Policy, which prohibited kegs and common source containers; required guest lists and security guards at social events; prohibited alcohol during rush; and prevented the collection of chapter funds for the purchase of alcohol.

1999: Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity closes and leases their house in Fraternity Court to Pi Lambda Phi. 

1999: Pi Lambda Phi fraternity recharters.

2000: Eight-week new member period and 2.5 chapter GPA rules implemented; Panhellenic Council passes

alcohol-free mixer policy in fraternity houses.

2000: Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship forms at Carolina.

2001: The second Director of Greek Affairs, Jay Anhorn, is hired.

2001: Lambda Upsilon Lambda colonizes at UNC-Chapel Hill

2001: Greek Alliance Council charters to govern religious and cultural fraternities and sororities.

2001: Pi Lambda Phi gives up its house in Big Fraternity Court due to finances.

2001: Beta Theta Pi fraternity loses its national charter.  UNC continues to recognize the fraternity for one year.

2002: Delta Sigma Phi national headquarters reorganizes the chapter and recruits new founders.

2002: Alpha Epsilon Pi recolonizes.

2002: Chapter Excellence awards are rewarded on an annual basis and monetary awards are given to chapters and


2002: Phi Mu sorority votes to close their chapter.

2002: Sigma Nu alumni vote to close the chapter.

2003: Lambda Upsilon Lambda chapter closes at UNC.

2003: Delta Zeta national closes their chapter at UNC.

2003: Chancellor’s Committee on Greek Affairs delays IFC Rush until after Labor Day.

2003: Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, Pi Alpha Phi Asian American Interest Fraternity, and Phi Sigma Nu Native

American Interest Fraternity all gain recognition.

2004: Delta Upsilon charters.

2004: Jenny levering, Assistant Director of Greek Affairs, is hired.

2005: Sigma Rho Lambda and Phi Beta Chi become Associate Members of Panhellenic, but do not

participate in their formal recruitment process.

2005: Delta Sigma Iota South Asian Cultural Fraternity charters.

2006: Pi Kappa Phi chapter and alumni give up charter to nationals.

2006: Zeta Beta Tau begins recolonization efforts.

2006: Sigma Nu begins recolonization efforts.

2007: Jenny Levering named Assistant Dean of Students, and Colleen Drazen hired as Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

2007: Delta Phi Omega colonized.

2007: Sigma Nu Colonizes and moves back into fraternity court house.

2007: Tau Kappa Epsilon: Begins colonization efforts, recognition pending.

2007: Phi Mu begins colonization efforts.

2007: Lambda Upsilon Lambda colonized.

2008: Kayte Sexton Fry hired as Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

2008: Phi Mu Charters as a chapter.

2009: Pi Kappa Phi re-colonizes.

2010: Tau Epsilon Phi Closes.

2011: Brittney Balhman hired as Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement.

2015: Alpha Phi begins colonization efforts.

2015: Audrey Walker and Cherie Michaud hired as Coordinators of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement.

2016: Alpha Phi Charters as a chapter.

2017: Carolina Greek Life reaches 21% of the UNC population. This is the largest the community has ever been at Carolina.