Fraternities and sororities enhance student’s lives by providing educational and social opportunities to students during their collegiate experience. The UT Fraternity and Sorority Life community consists of a diverse group of men and women from all over the country and world. Fraternities and sororities at UT offer areas of academic achievement, community service, philanthropy, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and campus involvement. Building lifelong friendships through collaborative and meaningful relationships is a key component to the fraternal experience at UT.
History at UTFraternities and sororities are an integral part of campus life and have been around since the birth of our nation. The first Greek-letter organization was formed at the College of William and Mary in 1776, and since then many other Greek-letter organizations have formed. Fraternities and sororities are active on over 800 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Greek-letter organizations have been a part of the UT campus community since 1933 where they started as local organizations and literacy clubs. In 1952, UT welcomed its first nationally recognized social sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. A year later, the community welcomed its first nationally recognized social fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Since that time, many nationally recognized social fraternities and sororities have made UT their home. We celebrate 1952 as the year the Fraternity and Sorority Life community was founded at The University of Tampa.
Educate and Empower
The University of Tampa fraternity and sorority community strives to educate and empower members through skill development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership, scholarship, social responsibility and integrity in an inclusive environment while fostering lifelong friendships.
The University of Tampa fraternity and sorority community will be a prominent component of The University of Tampa student experience by engaging in meaningful programs with various stakeholders and preparing members for life beyond their collegiate experience.
Involvement in The University of Tampa fraternity and sorority community aligns with the following values:
- Inclusion: Provides students with opportunities to learn from a wide range of individuals, develop relationships with peers of different backgrounds and increase their overall intercultural awareness.
- Integrity: Requires an understanding of the connection between individual, organizational and global accountability and an expectation of congruence between statements and actions.
- Leadership: Fosters opportunities for personal growth and development as students learn to work as a team, understand group dynamics, and identify their personal strengths and communication strategies to effectively lead an organization.
- Lifelong Friendships: Promotes the sharing of common experiences between individuals regardless of organization affiliation; this leads to stronger connections to each other, the University and their organizations long after graduation.
- Scholarship: Complements students’ academic goals and promotes a culture of increased persistence and graduation from the University.
- Social Responsibility: Encourages students to identify issues affecting themselves as well as others while offering a platform to take action and create change on multiple levels.