Guide to Greek at Loyola

With recruitment right around the corner, fraternities and sororities on campus will soon be vying for the attention of new students looking to “go Greek.” This weekend, however, almost all of Loyola’s chapters are getting together to celebrate unity within the Greek tradition with the Second Annual Greek Weekend. According to Senior Riley Meskill, a member of the planning committee, Greek sisters and brothers will get together in eight teams of about 30 members each and compete in friendly events on Friday and Saturday. After the fun and games, there will be a Grand Chapter and Awards ceremony to close out the weekend, where special guest speaker David Stollman will address students about the importance of leadership.

For those of you who are thinking about “going Greek,” but are unsure of which organization to join, we’ve done some of the homework for you in our Rambler Buzz Guide to Greek.


Panhellenic Council Sororities:

Alpha Chi Omega

  • Number of Members on Campus: 81
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 135
  • Philanthropy: Between Friends
  • Motto: “Together, let us seek the heights”
  • Famous Alumni: Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state; Aubrey O’Day, singer and former member of Danity Kane; Melissa Rycroft, reality television star (The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars)

Alpha Delta Pi

  • Number of Members on Campus: 100
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 142
  • Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Motto: “We Live For Each Other”          
  • Famous Alumni: Nancy Grace, HLN network news host; Karen Fairchild, country singer and member of Little Big Town; Danica McKellar, actress (The Wonder Years)

Alpha Sigma Alpha

  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 150
  • Philanthropy: Special Olympics
  • Motto: “Aspire, Seek, Attain”    
  • Famous Alumni: Freida Riley, teacher and inspiration for the movie October Sky; Denise Swanson, New York Times best-selling author; Christina Lukasiak, reality television star (Dance Moms)

Chi Omega 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 90
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 174
  • Philanthropy: Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Motto: “Hellenic Culture & Christian Ideals”
  • Famous Alumni: Harper Lee, author; Catt Sadler, E! News host; Lucy Liu, actress

Kappa Kappa Gamma 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 80
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 140
  • Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental
  • Motto: “Aspire to Be”   
  • Famous Alumni: Kate Spade, fashion designer; Nancy O’Dell, Entertainment Tonight host; Lo Bosworth, reality television star (Laguna Beach, The Hills)

Phi Sigma Sigma 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 73
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 115
  • Philanthropy: Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
  • Motto: “Diokete Hupsala” (“Aim High”)              
  • Famous Alumni: Andrea Kremer, NFL Network correspondent; Irna Phillips, “mother” of the modern soap opera; Nancy Pimental, actress and screenwriter (Shameless, South Park, The Sweetest Thing)


Multicultural Greek Council Sororities:

Delta Phi Lambda 

  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 15
  • Philanthropy: Best Bones Forever!
  • Motto: “Let our light shine forth...”

Lambda Theta Alpha 



Interfraternity Council Fraternities: 

Alpha Epsilon Pi 

  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 143
  • Philanthropy: Sharsheret, Save A Child's Heart, Keshet, Elem, Leket Israel, Friends of the IDF, JNF
  • Motto: “Commitment for a lifetime.”   
  • Famous Alumni: Steve Goldman, executive vice president, Paramount Pictures; Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox; Boris Yaro, four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer

Delta Sigma Phi 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 44
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 105
  • Philanthropy: American Red Cross
  • Motto: “Better Men, Better Lives”          
  • Famous Alumni: John P. Bilbrey, president & CEO of The Hershey Company; Mike Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart; Michael Deaver, former assistant White House chief of staff, Reagan Administration

Sigma Alpha Epsilon 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 56
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 242
  • Philanthropy: St. Baldrick’s
  • Motto: “Phi Alpha”        
  • Famous Alumni: Nick Lachey, singer and former member of 98 Degrees; George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN Inc. and ESPN on ABC; Chris Sullivan, founder of Outback Steakhouse

Sigma Pi 

  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 122
  • Philanthropy: Sean Vernon Amazing Day Foundation, Chana Foundation
  • Motto: “Progress, man's distinctive mark alone. Not God's, and not the beasts'. God is, they are. Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.”     
  • Famous Alumni: Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys; Nelson Farris, director of Nike; Herman Fisher, co-founder of Fisher Price

Tau Kappa Epsilon 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 32
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 291
  • Philanthropy: St Jude's Children's Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association  
  • Motto: "Not for wealth, rank, or honor; but for personal worth and character."
  • Famous Alumni: Ronald Regan, U.S. president; Elvis Presley, singer; Willie Nelson, country music singer

Sigma Chi 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 64
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 240
  • Philanthropy: Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Motto: “In Hoc Signo Vinces” ("In This Sign You Shall Conquer")
  • Famous Alumni: Luke Bryan, country music singer; Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints; Mike Ditka, former head coach of the Chicago Bears and current ESPN analyst


Multicultural Greek Council Fraternities:

Alpha Psi Lambda 

Kappa Alpha Psi 

  • Number of Members on Campus: 2
  • Number of Chapters Nationwide: 370
  • Philanthropy: St. Jude's Children’s Hospital, United Way, Guide Right
  • Motto: “Achievement In Every Field Of Human Endeavor”      
  • Famous Alumni: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers; Cedric the Entertainer, actor and comedian; Tavis Smiley, political commentator