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Message from Associate Dean of Students Travis Apgar

"Cornell's Greek community is among the best in the nation. There is no better example of student organizations that work to enhance their members collegiate experience. The leadership, self-governance, integrity, and interpersonal skills that are developed, combined with the outside of the classroom educational experiences such as community service opportunities is what makes belonging so special. We will continue to strive towards becoming an example of excellence, and play our part in defining the next evolution of Greek life." 


Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment and Intake Webinar

Learn about the processes by which students join the Cornell Greek Community. Student representatives from the fraternity and sorority councils explain the timeline and day-to-day experience of this mutual selection process, and answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Travis Apgar, Associate Dean of Students for the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living. Recorded live Jan. 7, 2015.

Spring 2015 recruitment timeline:
- Interfraternity Council (fraternities) will host formal recruitment events Jan. 14-21. IFC registration >
- Panhellenic Councils (sororities) will host formal recruitment events Jan. 14-20. Panhellenic registration >
- Asian-interest organizations will host their formal recruitment Jan. 26-Feb. 6. MGLC recruitment >
- Historically black and Latin based organizations will host events throughout spring semester. MGLC recruitment >


Cornell's Interfraternity Council unites against sexual violence
In their own words, fraternity presidents from Cornell's Interfraternity Council (IFC) speak about why their organizations stand firmly against sexual assault. The Greek community has undertaken a multi-pronged approach to make progress on this complex topic.


In 2011 President David Skorton issued a challenge to "end pledging as we know it." Since then, much progress has been made to ensure that Greek life continues to be a valued tradition at Cornell and an important part of the student experience. Oct. 10, 2014, a webinar with President Skorton and Vice President Murphy about the state of the Greek System at Cornell:


Moving Into Greek Housing: Live webinar with Q&A - July 31, 2014
Are you a Cornell student moving into Greek housing in August?  Are you the parent of such a student?  Join staff from Cornell’s Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living for a live webinar all about living in the Greek system.  A short presentation will cover 

  • the philosophy of Greek housing
  • what to expect upon arrival
  • how to get your questions answered after this session

If you have any additional questions about the move in process please contact us at 607-255-2310 or


MEETING THE CHALLENGE - November 28, 2012

Below is a link where you can access information for meeting the challenge to “end pledging as we know it”, issued by President Skorton in August of 2011.  Many students, alumni, and other stakeholders have contributed to this work.