In 1902, under the guidance of Father Matthew Cochran, a small group of students from St. Mary’s Hall (later Corr Hall) founded the first fraternity at Villanova with the purpose of studying the classics and promoting social interactions.
Today, over a century later, fraternities and sororities are thriving at Villanova with similar missions that seek to evoke leadership qualities in their members by sponsoring service, philanthropic, scholarly, and social activities.
The Fraternity and Sorority community at Villanova University has grown tremendously over the last one hundred years. Today it consists of over 1,000 diverse students in 10 Interfraternity Council fraternities, 9 Panhellenic Council sororities and 9 Multicultural Greek organizations, all with national affiliations.
Our mission is to enhance the collegiate experience for the members of our fraternal organizations. Through Augustinian principles, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will guide students in their personal growth and development, forming well-rounded, valued, community members.
Our vision is to be a welcoming, caring, and supportive environment for students participating in fraternal organizations. Through diverse programming, educational efforts, challenging experiences, and predictions of future trends, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides students the opportunity to become contributing members of the Villanova community at large.
We value education rooted in Augustinian principles. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life ensures the success of students and invested partners in fraternal organizations through scholarship, diversity, respect, community, and responsibility.
Scholarship: To encourage and provide the resources for our Fraternal members to succeed academically through continuous learning, moral development, and scholastic recognition.
Diversity: To facilitate, encourage, and support all students to experience a collaborative and socially responsible community and a safe and healthy social environment.
Respect: To enrich and enhance the lives of our Fraternal members through our fraternal community, University community, and surrounding community by meaningful practice of our ritual and values.
Community: To break down stereotypes, promote healthy relationships, and enhance partnerships with non-fraternal students, faculty, staff, clubs and organizations, the Villanova University community, and the surrounding community.
Responsibility: To empower and ensure our fraternal members to be accountable while developing leadership skills.
Hazing, in any form, is strictly prohibited by Villanova University, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, and the local and national offices of each recognized fraternity. New members should not tolerate such behavior as it does not promote friendship and trust but rather serves to break down moral and the notion of community upon which Villanova University was founded.