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.
The Kappa Alpha Society was originally founded in 1825 at Union College. Today, KA is an international community with a robust program and nine active chapters. KA is a literary society that focuses on the development of its undergraduate members and nurtures life-long friendships among its vibrant alumni network. The only fraternity that has maintained a continuous existence since its foundation, making it the oldest undergraduate fraternity that exists today
Phi Gamma Delta
The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji or Phi Gam, has 126 chapters and 18 colonies at the foremost colleges and universities of the United States and Canada. Phi Gamma Delta offers much to our members through leadership development, educational programs, and lifelong friendships. Phi Gamma Delta is dedicated to developing men of character within the academic setting, with the aim that they will become fully contributing members of society. In pursuit of this mission, the Fraternity promotes five core values: Friendship, which brings us together and is the basis of our brotherhood. Knowledge, the primary reason our members attend college and the key to a fuller, richer life. Service, in recognition of our obligation to give back to the campus and community that foster our growth. Morality, our commitment to do what is right in all our relationships. Excellence, the achievement of the full potential of the chapter and the individual members.
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.
"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."