The Interfraternity Council is the governing body of the North-American Interfraternity Conference member fraternities. The IFC is responsible for supervising Fraternity Recruitment, approving Fraternity programming, and Adjudicating Fraternity conduct cases, and supervising Party Patrol. The IFC serves the needs of its member fraternities through advocacy, collaboration, and education. Through the enrichment of the fraternity experience; advancement and growth of the fraternity community and enhancement of the educational mission of the College works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success. The IFC is also committed to enhancing the benefits of fraternity membership.
Alpha Delta Phi
"AD" was founded in 1832 at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, by Samuel Eells, describing it as a "new association," with a true philosophical spirit, looking to the entire man, developing his whole being—moral, social and intellectual." What began as a "literary society" where students would read and discuss contemporary literature, became the first "national" fraternity when it chartered its second chapter in 1834. AD was also the first fraternity at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Amherst, and Bowdoin. Many of our alumni have gone on to prominent careers, including to who were President of the United States (Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt). AD's roots at Union began in 1833 as the Fraternal Society; in 1859 it became Alpha Delta Phi's 17th chapter. From starting its Union's first literary magazine, to building Grant Hall as its Chapter house (1892) to funding the cornerstone of Jackson's Garden to starting the Union Alumni Fund, our members have always cared deeply for Union. Today, this commitment continues by sponsoring a campus wide writing competition, the "dinner and a prof" program and various social activities. We are also proud that by avoiding cliques or groupings in our academically and geographically diverse brotherhood, we continue the spirit of the Fraternal Society. We sincerely welcome you to visit and experience this friendship and fellowship first-hand. Our door is always open.
Alpha Epsilon Pi
"AEPi" was founded in 1913 at New York University. Union College's Upsilon Sigma Chapter received its charter on May 9, 1986. Following the ideals of the International organization, "Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience." AEPi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purposes and values. During its 95-year history, AEPi has initiated over 83,000 men as 2,000 new undergraduate members join the brotherhood each year. Over the years, AEPi has helped to develop thousands of outstanding men including: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle, Wolf Blitzer, Gene Wilder, Congressman Jerrald Nadler, Sanford Weill and Mark Zuckerberg. The brothers of AEPi strive to help each student develop character, responsibility, and a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood.
Chi Psi was founded on the 20th of May, 1841, at Union College. It was the first Fraternity founded upon principles of brotherhood and as a social fraternity. The Fraternity is present at 30 prestigious colleges and universities across the country. In 2007-2008, 26 sophomores participated in recolonizing Alpha Pi. The 26 brothers are involved in an array of activities on campus and community service. Our Fraternity understands the importance of academic, social, athletic and philanthropic participation on campus. We thrive to become true gentlemen, valuing friendship, traditions, respect and our responsibility to Union College. We have a vast alumni network that has been very involved in recolonizing and supporting new brothers. Chi Psi takes pride in its alumni connections during and after college to help discover careers and build lifelong relationships. Becoming a brother will provide leadership opportunities and encourage active roles on and off campus.
Delta Kappa Epsilon
The Theta Chi Chapter of DKE (pronounced Deek) was built on strong foundations that have existed at Union College since 1893. While the chapter itself has undergone many changes in its storied history, the doctrine of its first founders still echoes in the hearts of its members. Persistence and determination have allowed DKE to become a leader on campus. DKE brothers are heavily involved in campus athletics, community service and academic endeavors. When not engaged in campus or community activities, DKE brothers can often be found engaged in fierce competition on their volleyball court.
Phi Delta Theta
"Phi Delt" was founded in 1848 at Miami University in Ohio, and Union's Beta Chapter was established at Union in 1883. Since that time, over 1150 men have lived up to their promise of friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude. They have continually shown leadership qualities as well as strong moral character. One of Union's last actual fraternity houses is located up-campus overlooking the 50 yard line of the football field. After extensive construction and renovations during most of last year, the chapter house is open again and better than ever. The enormous transformation marks a new era at Phi Delta Theta
"Psi U" was founded at Union College in 1833, and is known for its towering flag pole and distinguished alumnus including President Chester A. Arthur. Today, the tradition continues, as Psi U brothers embody the fraternity's pursuit for moral, social, and intellectual excellence on campus. Recently relocated to Fox Hall South, Psi Upsilon offers its brothers unparalleled unity, lifelong friendships and the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the Union community.
"Sig Chi" was founded in 1855 at Miami University in Ohio, and Union's Gamma Zeta Chapter was established in 1923. Sigma Chi has over 200 chapters all across the US and Canada with well over 150,000 alumni world-wide. Having so many chapters open to you with thousands of alumni ready to assist a fellow brother is quite an honor and a privilege. We are striving to become a premier college leadership organization through leadership programs for our brothers like Sigma Chi Horizons and the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop held annually to train and inspire our fraternity's future leaders. The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance, and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice and learning. We try to do this by cheering on our brothers at basketball games and intramural sports, holding philanthropy and social events for the campus to come and share our fellowship and hospitality, and striving to be successful student leaders in all aspects of campus life. Being a Sigma Chi is incredibly fun and rewarding. Being a member fosters leadership, builds character, and promotes positive relationship skills which will enable our members to become productive and caring participants in their families, colleges and communities. It is a life-long commitment and a big responsibility that few can experience.
"Sig Phi" was founded at Union College on the 4th of March, 1827. It is the second member of the Union Triad, making it the oldest national fraternity in existence. What can a young man expect from Sigma Phi beyond its core values of friendship, love and truth? He will have mentors and role models who can provide support and guidance in scholastics, social behavior, loyalty, honor and individual responsibility. None are excluded from our consideration. The only requirement for membership is that the candidate be a matriculated male in good standing with the college. Since its founding in 1827, Sigma Phi has never had any religious, racial or other barriers to membership. New members will have similar qualifications and characteristics to the graduating brothers they replace, but they have yet to experience the permanent transformation from youth to manhood that will occur in the setting Sigma Phi provides.
Theta Delta Chi
"TD CHI" was founded at Union College on October 31, 1847 (Halloween), and has since expanded to numerous other campuses. Theta Delta Chi has offered young men the opportunity to enjoy life-long friendships and develop important academic, business, and social skills that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning and success. We are an enthusiastic, well-rounded, diverse, intelligent, and athletic group of students who hold friendship, philanthropy, and leadership in high regard. We are extremely proud of our many "firsts." We were the first fraternity to: publish a magazine ("The Shield"), adopt colors (black, white, & blue), design and fly a characteristic flag, adopt a precious stone (ruby), issue a pledge pin, form an endowment fund, adopt a flower (the carnation), and adopt a patron saint (the Roman goddess Minerva, which is now accepted as the patron saint of all fraternities, and is also Union's icon). We love to celebrate our proud heritage here at Union. Our motto reflects what it is to be one of our brothers: "Our Hearts Are United."