While the love, loyalty, and dedication that sorority and fraternity brothers and sisters demonstrate towards their organizations could never be measured, rankings of these institutions have abounded over the years. Through taking a look at the number of members, financial support, social media following, and reputation, here are the 10 Top Sororities and Fraternities in America.
Fraternity: Sigma Chi
With over 246 collegiate chapters, Sigma Chi stands out among other organizations for its incredibly prestigious alumnae roster. Over 10 congressmen and all-star athletes, like Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, are former members of Sigma Chi. Founded in 1855 at the University of Miami in Ohio, the loyalty of the organization’s member shines through with over $1 million in donations to the Sigma Chi Foundation. Notable alumnae include ESPN host Steve Weissman, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, actors Woody Harrelson, Brad Pitt and John Wayne, and CEO of Kroger, David Dillon.
Sorority: Chi Omega
Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is now the largest member of the National Panhellenic Conference, with over 170 chapters throughout North America. Committed to friendship, personal integrity, and service to others, Chi Omega members are encouraged to display their passions and aspirations. Notable alumnae include United States House of Representatives members Marsha Blackburn, Patricia Schroeder and Virginia Smith, as well as actresses Lucy Liu and The Office’s Angela Kinsey.
Fraternity: Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Over 300,000 young men have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon since its founding in 1885. Individuals throughout the United States are members of over 241 chapters. Emphasizing a zero-tolerance policy on hazing and other risky activities, Sigma Alpha Epsilon focuses on brotherhood, loyalty, and professionalism. Notable alumnae include the Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner and the actor David Spade.
Sorority: Kappa Alpha Theta
Founded in 1870 at what is now called DePauw University, Theta was the first Greek-letter fraternity established as a support group for women. Today, over 130 chapters and over 200 alumnae chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta exist across North America. Members work to support CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, as well as an internal support fund called The Friendship Fund. Notable alumnae include musicians Sheryl Crow and Amy Grant, actress Rue McClanahan and businesswomen Tory Burch and Melinda Gates.
Fraternity: Delta Tau Delta
Founded with a firm commitment to their values, Delta Tau Delta members are required to participate in a variety of programs to encourage maturity, leadership, and personal growth. This includes a detailed new member program called The Road, as well as a variety of leadership immersion opportunities. With over 200 chapters throughout America and numerous charitable causes, it seems their focus on member education has paid off! Notable alumnae include U.S. Vice Presidents Henry Agard Wallace and Alben William Barkley, comedian and actors Will Ferrell and Drew Carey, musician John Denver, and football star John Elway.
Sorority: Delta Gamma
With thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers as well as over 140 chapters across the country, Delta Gamma is one of the premier sorority organizations in the United States. The motto, “Do Good” permeates everything members do, including service for children, soldiers, and senior citizens. Hope is also an important value in the community, as members are provided with numerous support services after they graduate. Notable alumnae include actress Patricia Heaton and first female federal judge Sarah Tilghman Hughes.
Fraternity: Theta Chi
One of the oldest fraternities in North America, Theta Chi was founded in 1856 and has installed over 200 chapters since then. There are a number of highlighted charities this fraternity works with, including the USO, the National Bone Marrow Registry, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Notable alumnae include the Academy Award-winning director Stephen Spielberg, co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning Mike Greenberg, and ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff.
Sorority: Kappa Kappa Gamma
For over 143 years, Kappa Kappa Gamma members have forged a special bond of sisterhood that spans over 141 active chapters. Philanthropy is a cornerstone of their organization. Special attention is paid to Reading is Fundamental, which helps children learn how to appreciate books and reading. Their foundation also receives plentiful donations, with close to $1 million donated so far. Notable alumnae include designer Kate Spade, and actresses Ashley Judd and Sophia Bush.
Fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta
Also known as FIJI, Phi Gamma Delta has over 130 chapters across the United States. The values of this fraternity include friendship, knowledge, service, morality, and excellence. There are a wide variety of accomplished alumnae hailing from this organization, including 80 competitors in the Olympic Games, two Nobel Prize winners, and six billionaires. Notable alumnae include Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and thirtieth President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge.
Sorority: Alpha Omicron Pi
191 collegiate chapters and over 150,000 initiated members make Alpha Omicron Pi easily one of the most popular sororities in the country. With the mission of enriching women through lifelong friendship, the organization sponsors a number of support groups and activities to assist alumnae and members. Philanthropic causes, scholarships, and grants are their most popular causes. Notable alumnae include 2008 Olympic swimmer Mercedes Farhat, and two-time Emmy Award winner and the first woman to solely anchor an evening network newscast on a regular basis, Catherine “Cassie” Mackin.