Greek Life

The popularity of the Greek system at Washington and Lee is a testament to both the camaraderie that the students find within their organizations and the breadth of opportunities that they provide.

Fraternities and sororities exist for the personal and professional development of their members and their community. Greek life is typically founded on principles of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service that are taught internally by a national ritual to the members who strive to exhibit those principles in their daily lives.

W&L students pride themselves on being well-rounded, whether they're members of the Greek system or not. Artsy or outdoorsy, activist or introvert, your Greek affiliation is just one more aspect of your experience.

Greek Housing

Starting sophomore year, members of sororities and fraternities are allowed to live in their chapter's house. Each house has its own amenities and living arrangements. All houses have a house director who helps to manage the day-to-day affairs of the house as well as provide support to chapter members.

Leadership Councils

W&L students participate on the Panhellenic Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Interfraterniy Council. These councils promote active engagement in Greek Life at W&L, opportunities for personal development, and encourages good scholarship.


All of our Greek organizations make community service a priority throughout the year. These range from fundraising, issue awareness, and on-site volunteer activities. Each Greek organization on campus has its own annual issues and service events they focus on.

Greek Organizations at W&L

Washington and Lee has 11 national fraternities:  9 are part of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and 2 part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). NPHC is comprised of historically African American fraternities and sororities, also referred to as Black Greek Letter Organizations or the Divine Nine.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha *
  • Chi Psi
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma*
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Chi

* Denotes NPHC Fraternities.

Washington and Lee has 8 sororities:  5 of the sororities are part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), 2 of the sororities are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) which is comprised of historically African American fraternities and sororities, also referred to as Black Greek Letter Organizations or the Devine Nine, and 1 is a local organization.

  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha *
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta *
  • Delta Society
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi

* Denotes NPCH Sororities.
Denotes student-governed local organization.

"There are no restrictions in regards to how involved one can or cannot be on campus. For instance, you can be an athlete, active in the Greek system, involved in student government, clubs, etc. It is not hard to see how incredibly unique Washington and Lee truly is, as it allows students to explore so many different avenues and find success in so many ways."

~ Mary Virginia Long