In 1776, students at the College of William & Mary founded the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the first Greek-letter fraternity in the United States. More than 240 years later, Greek life has become a hallmark of the American undergraduate experience.

At Hampden-Sydney College, Greek-letter fraternities have thrived for nearly 170 years, and they continue to serve as a fundamental feature of campus life today. About 50% of all Hampden-Sydney students join a fraternity, forming life-long friendships, enriching their social lives while complementing the College's rigorous academic program, and ultimately joining a nationwide network of fraternity brothers.

Boasting 10 nationally-chartered fraternities, Hampden-Sydney brothers engage in philanthropy and community service and host social events including live bands, DJs, and tailgates at sporting events.

Comraderie defined my college experience. In computer science classes, we collaborated to find bugs in complicated code. On the soccer field, we meticulously trained and created space for each other. And on fraternity circle, we sang together to live bands playing eighties music. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Bradford Cook '09, Kappa Alpha Order, software developer

Fraternities at H-SC:

Chi Phi

Founded in 1824
Epsilon Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1867

Delta Kappa Epsilon

Founded in 1844
Zeta Gamma Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 2013

Kappa Alpha Order

Founded in 1865
Alpha Tau Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1899  

Kappa Sigma

Founded in 1869
Upsilon Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1883   

Phi Gamma Delta

Founded in 1848
Delta Deuteron Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1870
Re-chartered in 1967 

Pi Kappa Alpha

Founded in 1868
Iota Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1885
Re-chartered in 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Founded in 1856
Virginia Upsilon Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1860
Re-chartered in 1971 

Sigma Chi

Founded in 1855
Sigma Sigma Chapter
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1872
Re-chartered at Hampden-Sydney in 1931 and 1984

Sigma Nu

Founded in 1869
Eta Pi Chapter
Founded in 1962 as Delta Epsilon Fraternity
Became Delta Epsilon Colony of the Sigma Nu Fraternity in 1963
Became a Chapter of Sigma Nu in 1965
Re-colonized in 1998

Theta Chi

Founded in 1856
Nu Chapter (formerly Delta Delta Fraternity or Delta Deuteron)
Established at Hampden-Sydney in 1911
Re-chartered in 1999

Greek Life Staff in Student Affairs


Richard Pantele '13
Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Judicial Affairs
Brown Student Center 305
rpantele@hsc.edu(434) 223-6043

Andrew Marshall '17
Area Coordinator for Room Assignments & Greek Life
Brown Student Center 300
amarshall@hsc.edu(434) 223-6667