Advancing sorority together

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the 13 National Panhellenic Council sororities at Cornell University. Panhellenic's mission is to foster supportive environment, which values scholarship, philanthropy, leadership, and personal growth through a unified sisterhood.  Our 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. 

The Cornell Sorority and Fraternity 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. 

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Panhellenic creed

We, as undergraduate members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.

We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

NPC was established in 1902 to assist collegiate and alumnae chapters of the NPC member organizations in cooperating with colleges and universities and to foster interfraternal relationships. Click the logo to learn more.


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