Welcome to Fraternity & Sorority Life at Cornell University. Our office provides support resources to the self-governed Cornell fraternity and sorority community. Fraternities and sororities are values based social organizations, providing members with a tight-knit community of peers, and personal growth opportunities through leadership development and service projects. Many of the organizations also offer a small residential living experience.
The Cornell fraternity and sorority community dates to the first months of University operation during the autumn of 1868. Cornell's co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White, was a strong promoter of fraternal organizations as a means of teaching self-governance to students. Today, we strive to continue that ethos.
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity have been working to raise awareness of mental illness on campus following the recent death of member Jeremy Ojalehto, who sustained a serious brain injury after tripping during a jog in 2013. He died in January 2016. A memorial 5k run and walk took place on Sunday, April 17 on the trails of the Cornell Plantations, where he suffered his injury. The proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.
The original home of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at 421 North Albany Street, Ithaca, NY has been added to the list of historical places by the Preservation League of New York State. The list is meant to raise the awareness of endangered historic places so that they can be appreciated and revitalized. The property was recognized by the City of Ithaca as a historic landmark in April 2015. Norman Dennis, an African American mason, built the house in 1868.
Alpha Phi Alpha is the first African-American fraternity in the United States. In 1906, Charles Cardoza Poindexter started a literary social group of African American students and rented the space as a social space before developing into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha wants to claim, restore and revive this building that was essential to their founding.