The fraternity and sorority community at the University of Michigan was founded in 1845 when two national fraternities established chapters in Ann Arbor. Thirty-four years later, the first sorority received its charter, recognizing the importance, values and principles of fraternal organizations for both men and women. In 1909, the community expanded with the chartering of the first traditionally African-American fraternity.
In future years, the addition of several multicultural fraternities and sororities made Michigan's fraternity & sorority community the unique and culturally diverse student experience it is today. Our community has grown to close to 6,000 students within 4 councils. The Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Association (Panhel) pride themselves on individuality, while recognizing common values and principles.