SJSU Fraternity and Sorority Life Timeline

Long and Varied History

Fraternity and sorority life at San José State University has a long and varied history. In 1896, several young women came together to organize the first literary society (precursor of fraternities and sororities), named the Allenian Rhetorical Society. In 1948, the members of the Allenian Rhetorical Society voted to became a local chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a member organization of the National Panhellenic Conference. The transition was complete in 1949. Since then, 77 fraternities and sororities have called SJSU home.



First sorority at SJSU and any California Normal School.



First men’s social fraternity at SJSU. In the early 1900s and 1910s, several literary societies form that would later become fraternities and sororities.



Local sororities organize the Intersociety Council, with National Panhellenic Conference guidance in 1947.



Men’s social fraternities formed into precursors for current groups.



Local fraternities recognized by SJSU. SJSUs Interfraternity Council forms in 1935, with NIC guidance in 1946.



National groups allowed to be recognized on campus. Local groups become National. SJSU’s IFC Council forms in 1946 and Panhellenic Council forms in 1947.



First fraternity founded at SJSU for a specific cultural interest with the first historically African-American fraternity.



Vietnam War. Greek membership drops. Chapters close, vacating large houses around campus. First sorority founded at SJSU for a specific cultural interest with the first historically African-American sorority.

Late 1980s


First Asian-American interest, Latino/a interest, and multicultural interest groups form. The SJSU Greek community grows.



Period of development and education for the trend-setting SJSU Greek community. First all-Greek lettered organization meetings. SJSU’s National Pan-Hellenic Council forms in 1998.



We currently have 43 recognized social Greek letter organizations at SJSU. We are among the most diverse and unique Greek communities in the nation. SJSU’s United Sorority and Fraternity Council forms in 2003.