25 fraternities and sororities on campus from which students experience relationships, community service, leadership development, networking, and personal growth. Our community includes organizations that are community service based, culturally focused, social, and everything between so there’s a place for everyone in our growing community! See the pages below to learn more about our community, it’s members, opportunities, and events. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @calstatelagreeks.
Friendship: The Greek Community provides a home-away-from-home environment you can proudly come back to after graduation. Being part of the Greek Community is a chance to be a part of something greater than yourself. You will also gain lifelong friendships, memories, and a strong sense of belonging. Leadership: The Greek Community offers endless opportunities for developing leadership skills in its members. Members hold positions within their chapter, ranging from chapter president to committee chair. Today, it takes more than a college degree to be successful. Employers want college graduates who have demonstrated leadership abilities and aren’t afraid to get involved. The Greek Community is able to provide its members with these opportunities.
Philanthropy and Service: Greeks take pride in community service and philanthropy. Each chapter has a foundation or charity they sponsor through philanthropic events. Sororities and fraternities sponsor a multitude of activities each year to impact the local community and raise money.
Scholarship: Fraternities and sororities strive for high scholarship and developing academic excellence among their chapter members. Fraternities and sororities offer time management, study skills, and other programming to help members be successful in the classroom.
Contact InformationPhone: 323-343-5110
Send message to Alpha Phi Omega
|Values:||Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Community Service, Scholarship|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||May 6, 2005|
|Community service initiative:||Heart Cancer Toy Drive, Relay for Life|
|Colors:||Red, Black, Gold|
Send message to Delta Sigma Chi Co-Ed Fraternity
Send message to Gamma Zeta Alpha
|Values:||Unity, Respect, Brotherhood, Culture, and Pride|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||Nov 3, 2001|
|Community service initiative:||Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute|
|Colors:||Brown and White|
Send message to Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
|Values:||Brotherhood, Scholarship, Character|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||April 1, 1962|
|Community service initiative:||Special Olympics|
Send message to Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity
Send message to Zeta Beta Tau
|Values:||Intellect, Excellence, Graciousness, Respect, and Connections|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||September 25, 1993|
|Community service initiative:||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Habitat for Humanity|
|Colors:||Emerald Green, Gold|
Send message to Alpha Sigma Tau
Send message to Alpha Theta Pi
Send message to Delta Phi Epsilon
Send message to Delta Sigma Theta
|Values:||Sisterhood, Philanthropy, Scholarship|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||April 30, 1966|
|Community service initiative:||Painted Turtle Camp, Starkey Hearing Foundation|
Send message to Delta Zeta
|Values:||Unity, Love, Respect|
|Founding at Cal State LA:||April 10, 2004|
|Community service initiative:||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Symbol:||La perla, La dama, La conca, La luna y La palma|
Send message to Lambda Theta Alpha
Send message to Lambda Theta Nu
Send message to Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Send message to Sigma Lambda Gamma
Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life at Cal State LA!
California State University, Los Angeles. Your student has many opportunities ahead of them while at Cal State LA. By joining a fraternity or sorority, they are joining a number of other new members in their search for a sense of community at the university. Being in a new environment can cause students to feel overwhelmed. and for many parents, the Greek community conjures up images of Animal House. That’s simply not the reality! There are many myths about the Greek community, but the reality is that men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and form a campus network with other Greeks. Our Greek community consists of over 20 different organizations and over 500 students. As the Center for Student Involvement staff, we work closely with the recognized organizations to enhance the overall Greek experience by upholding their values, community standards and university Policies. Learn more about how to join a Greek organization
Keep an open mind. Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for your student and vice versa. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Groups that may have been strong on the campus where you attended school or that you’ve experienced may not have the same reputation at Cal State LA. Let your student choose the group that they feel the most comfortable joining.
Talk to your student beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
You do not want to become too involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process - this is your student’s decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend once your student joins one of our organizations.
Too often, parents do not give their students the autonomy to navigate their own experience as a college student. It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when they feel the need to call various offices with questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
If you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life on Cal State LA’s campus,
please contact us!
Contact InformationPhone: 323-343-5110
The dues that are paid cover a wide range of areas to keep the organizations in existence. These dues are used to pay for community service and philanthropic projects, social events, parent and alumni events, insurance and national fees as well as general chapter expenses. We encourage students who are interested in joining to ask questions to clarify what is expected of them before they join.
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- Offers a home-away-from-home environment.
- Enhances education that happens in the classroom through academic achievement & plans to support members as well as hold them accountable.
- Provides opportunities to give back to the surrounding community, help others & raise awareness to causes through hands-on service & philanthropic donations.
- Increases the student’s involvement on-campus & within the community.
- Provides leadership skills, activities and experiences that aren’t available to non-affiliated students.
- Gives members an advantage of networking with distinguished alumni.
- Develop lifelong friendships, memories and a strong sense of accomplishment.
- Allow students to be part of something greater than themselves.
day-to-day operations, have alumni advisors, and are responsible to report to a(n) (inter)national headquarters.
Hazing is not permitted on Cal State LA’s campus.This is in accordance with California law; the policies of California State University, Los Angeles, including the By-laws of all inter/national organizations represented on our campus, hazing is not permitted. All acts of hazing by any organization, member, and/or alumni are specifically forbidden. Refer to the Student Handbook for information concerning Cal State LA’s definition of hazing, California State law, and possible sanctions.
At Cal State LA, the sanctions for hazing include:
Individual – no less than disciplinary probation for one academic year, no more than permanent separation from the university. In addition, the individual(s) including officers of the chapter could face criminal charges.
Organizations – no less than suspension of privileges for one academic year, no more than indefinite disbanding of the organization.
Hazing: California Penal Code §245.6 states the following:
any method of initiative or preinitiation into a student body or organization, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any current, former, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or educational institution in the state. This law applies to any student body or school-related organization regardless of whether it is officially recognized by an educational institution.
- National or International fraternity and sorority headquarters may not solicit or recruit Cal State LA students to establish new chapters without informing the appropriate umbrella organization and the Center for Student Involvement.
- New fraternities and sororities must be approved for expansion by the appropriate governing council in accordance with established expansion policies or, in the absence of a governing council, the Center for Student Involvement.
- Once a group has membership and is granted permission to expand from the appropriate governing council and/or Cal State LA, a new fraternity or sorority must register as a student organization with the Center for Student Involvement, provide contact information for chapter officers and advisors(s), and submit a roster of members to the Fraternity & Sorority Life Coordinator.
- Expansion for Interfraternity Council fraternities must be in accordance with the standards of the North American Interfraternity conference. Expansion for Panhellenic Conference sororities must be in accordance with the National Panhellenic Conference.
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Alpha Theta Pi
Kappa Delta Chi
Lambda Theta Alpha
Sigma Lambda Gamma
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The University Academic Advisement Center serves as a great source of information for general education and course selection. There you can get help regarding university policies and procedures, transfer credits, and general education petitions.Admissions
Through this office, you can get expert advice and information specifically targeted for students interested in being admitted to Cal State LA and those who were recently admitted.Bookstore
The university bookstore is a great place to begin searching for course materials that you will need including textbooks.Career Center
At the Career Center, they will help you establish goals, plan for your future career and aid in getting and keeping a job.Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS offers professional and non-judgmental help with your personal growth and psychological wellness. They specialize in mental health services which can help you express thoughts and feelings, gain perspective, alleviate emotional symptoms, improving coping skills, and make healthy changes in your life.Financial Aid
At the Center for Financial Aid, you can receive help finding available federal, state, and institutional sources for financing your education.Health Center
The Student Health Center serves as the primary health resource for the campus community. Here you can find high-quality health care and health education in order to maximize your potential for academic success and personal development.Housing Services
Housing Services serves as a source of comfortable living for many Cal State LA students. Here you can find applications, deadlines, and services offered for students that live on campus.Tutoring Services
At the University Tutorial Center you can benefit from different services such as subject-area appointment tutoring, math walk-in tutoring, study skills presentations, and coaching projects.Writing Center
At the writing center they aim to help students become better writers by helping you understand assignments, organize, and revise your paper at any stage of the writing process. This can be best accomplished by having a one-on-one appointment.Veteran's Resource Center
This center is aimed to help veteran and active duty students navigate the certification and application processes, make the transition to university life easier, and prepare them to reach their career and life goals. Through this program one can find help begging the enrollment process, applying for educational benefits, and completing the enrollment certification process.
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- Keep an open mind . . . Greek life is not for everyone. Just because you may have been a fraternity or sorority member doesn't mean that it is the right choice for your son or daughter.
- To encourage your son or daughter to keep an open mind about each organization that they come into contact with. Fraternities and sororities are different on every campus. Let your son or daughter choose the group that he or she feels the most comfortable joining.
- Talk to your son or daughter beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Understand that the fraternity/sorority recruitment at Cal State L.A. is competitive, and not everyone who wants to be Greek will find a chapter that fits them.
- Do not become overly involved in the sorority and fraternity recruitment/intake process; this is your son or daughter's decision. There will be plenty of activities and events for you to attend or even help plan once your student joins one of our organizations.
- Too often, parents do not allow their students to "fight their own battles." It helps the student mature and gain some assertiveness when allowed to call various offices if they have questions or concerns about their decision to go Greek.
- Keep the Center for Student Involvement contact information on hand. If you have any questions or concerns about Greek Life at Cal State L.A. feel encouraged to contact our office.
- Each advisor perceives his or her responsibilities to a fraternity or sorority differently. Some advisors play very active roles. They attend meetings, work directly with the student officers, and assist in program planning and development. Others chose a less involved role with the chapter.
- A chapter advisor should be accessible, interested, and provide counsel to the chapter and individual members.
- A chapter advisor should meet with the chapter president regularly to discuss chapter activities, goals, and organizational challenges. They provide continuity and assist during officer transition periods.
- We have found that the more successful fraternities and sororities have advisors that maintain regular contact with the chapter. Those advisors keep informed about chapter activities and advise officers on the appropriateness of policies and activities.
- The advisor should assist in holding students accountable for their actions in accordance with the organization’s and University policies.
- The importance of a faculty/staff advisor is that he or she can
provide academic mentorship to a fraternity or sorority and connect
the chapter with University resources to improve individual
member’s scholarship. To be most effective, a faculty/staff
- Meet regularly with the chapter’s scholarship chair and/or president to talk about scholarship related issues
- Attend at least one chapter meeting each semester to emphasize academics
- Be available to meet with individual members who need academic guidance
- Attend scholarship banquets or receptions hosted by the fraternity or sorority
- Attend advisor trainings or meetings hosted by the Center for Student Involvement
- Help the chapter formulate academic incentives to reward members who do well academically
- Review the scholastic achievement of the chapter in accordance with the national organization’s expectations
- Attend one chapter event (other than a chapter meeting) each quarter At a minimum, a fraternity or sorority advisor must be available to communicate with chapter members to complete necessary Greek Life forms. Completing the forms can require conversations about the academic growth of the chapter and event planning for philanthropy and social events.
- Before making a selection, keep in mind that a good potential
advisor needs to have:
- Sufficient time to devote to your organization.
- The willingness to take the role seriously and thoughtfully.
- The skillset to contribute to the continued success of your organization and meet your chapter members’ individual needs.
- When approaching your potential advisor for the first time, make certain that he/she has a clear understanding of your organization's purpose as well as what would be required of him/her, his or her duties and the time commitment involved. Please refer them to the guide linked at the bottom of this page.
- If possible, choose someone who shares some of the same interests of your organization, and someone with whom the chapter has made contact with in the past.
- A potential advisor does not need to be a member of your particular chapter or any Greek organization in order to be successful in this role.
- It is best to meet with your advisor at least twice a semester to go over your chapter's academic program and progress of the chapter's academic goals, and to maintain contact via email or phone every two weeks. Good times to do so are the week before and immediately following chair meetings.
- Be open to suggestions and criticisms from your advisor. His/her knowledge and experience will help with solutions and organizational procedures.
- Take advantage of their experience and insight. Ask questions.
- Make sure that you give your advisor frequent (ideally bi-weekly) updates so that they can better serve your chapter's needs. This will keep them abreast of ongoing issues.
- Be sure to provide your new advisor will all documentation they might need. This includes chapter constitution and bylaws with academic standards highlighted, university GPA requirements outlined in the Cal State L.A. policy, contact information for the fraternity and sorority Life Coordinator, and any other relevant information.
What is an Advisor?
The faculty advisors here at Cal State L.A. are full-time professional staff. They come from a variety of departments on campus. We have faculty advisors that work in Admissions, EOP, Residence Life, and a variety of Academic Departments.
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How to Find the Right Advisor
The Interfraternity Council at Cal State L.A. is composed of 7 executive board members, 5 committees, one Justice, a general body and an advisor. This council is the governing body of the nationally recognized Fraternity chapters at California State University, Los Angeles.
"To cause closer working relationships and coordination among its member Fraternities and California State University of Los Angeles, in accordance with the policies and standards established by the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007 as "Greek Council" or Winter 2014 as "Interfraternity Council"
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of California State University, Los Angeles is composed of five executive board members, five committees, and an advisor. This council is the governing body of the current four International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities at Cal State L.A.
"To create and maintain high standards in the life of the affiliate organizations; to perpetuate constructive fraternity and sorority relationships; to foster an understanding of the structure and methods of operation among the affiliate organizations; to address, coordinate and develop action strategies on matter of mutual concern of the affiliate organizations; and to serve as the conduit for such action plans as may be developed."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2009
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
The Multi-Cultural Greek Council at California State University, Los Angeles is composed of six executive board members, four chairs, a general body composed of ten representatives, and one advisor. This council is the governing body of ten culturally based Greek organizations currently at Cal State L.A..
"To unite Greek Organizations of California State University, Los Angeles in order to promote cultural awareness, community Service, academic excellence, campus involvement, and organizational development."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007
- Gamma Zeta Alpha
- Lambda Theta Nu
- Delta Sigma Chi
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Alpha Theta Pi
- Lambda Theta Alpha
- Sigma Lambda Beta
- Sigma Lambda Gamma
- Chi Sigma Phi
- Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
- Phi Iota Alpha
- Kappa Delta Chi
The coordinating body of the National Panhellenic Conference supports sorority chapters represented at Cal State L.A.. Panhelenic provides support and services to the Panhellenic Sorority members as well as representing sorority life to the University and the surrounding community.
"To develop and maintain women's fraternity life and interfraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment."
Founded at Cal State L.A.:
- Fall 2007 as "Greek Council" or Fall 2013 as "Panhellenic at Cal State L.A."
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Zeta
An initiated member into a fraternity or sorority affiliated with a campus or city-wide chapter
An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who has graduated from the university or transferred to another college or university
- Aspirant member
A potential member who is participating in a membership intake process for an organization in the National Pan-Hellenic Council or Multi-Cultural Greek Council
A formal invitation to join a Greek-lettered organization
- Big Brother/Sister
An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a sponsor, mentor, or special friend to a new member, guiding them through the program or initiation.
A term used by other fraternity member to refer to one another
A vocal sound, sometimes high-pitched, used by members of culturally-based Greek organizations to acknowledge one another
A term used to describe the collegiate organization, typically the local organization of a fraternity or sorority
A collegiate chapter that consists of two or more colleges/universities from which membership can be established
- College Panhellenic Council (CPC)
The governing body of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities
A term used by cultural-based organizations to indicate that an associate member has been fully initiated into the chapter
- Divine Nine
A nickname for the nine historically black Greek-lettered organizations, comprised of four sororities and five fraternities
Monthly or quarterly costs associated with being in a fraternity or sorority
Mental or physical abuse or harassment of a member to gain membership or continue membership into an organization; hazing is prohibited as a state and university
Ritual or ceremony in which a new member/neo begins active (full) membership in the organization
The membership recruitment and induction for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and some culturally-based organizations
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body for some of the fraternities; these organizations are often affiliated with the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
Someone whose mother, father, sister, brother and sometimes other close relative was a member of a particular fraternity or sorority
The members of a culturally-based Greek organization's new member class
- National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA)
An association of Asian Pacific Islander American fraternities and sororities
- National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO)
An umbrella organization of 18 Latin Greek-lettered organizations
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The governing body for the national historically black Greek-lettered organizations, both locally at colleges and on the national level
- National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
The umbrella organization for 26 national women's organizations
- Neophyte (Neo)
Means beginner, a new member of cultural-based Greek organization
- New Member
A potential member who has accepted an invitation or bid from a fraternity or sorority. May also be referred to as an associate or aspirant member
- North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
A trade association that represents 74 national men's organizations
- Multi-Cultural Greek Council (MCGC)
The governing body for the culturally focused Greek-lettered organizations, including co-ed organizations
A charitable organization for which fraternities and sororities raise money and promote awareness
- Potential New Member (PNM)
An individual interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority
Official public display of initiated members of a line, often presented in a step show
A term used be sorority members to refer to one another
A line dance done by members of cultural-based Greek organizations (usually at a step show or social event)
Cal State LA has a zero tolerance stance on hazing. Any individual found sponsoring or in any way engaging in hazing activities on or off campus may be subject to university disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Any university-registered fraternity or sorority found sponsoring or engaging in hazing activities may be subject to suspension or permanent revocation of university recognition and the accompany privileges.
The California Education Code defines hazing as: "Any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6) and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events.
"Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section."
If hazing is ever witnessed or experienced, please report it to the Center for Student Involvement at (323) 343-5110.
For more information on hazing and additional resources, please visit the links below:
Stop Hazing (www.stophazing.org)
Hazing Prevention (www.hazingprevention.org)
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