Your Guide to the Types of Fraternities and Sororities

Ah, Greek life.

It's one of those things that makes college something to look forward to. It gives you a sense of belonging and camaraderie in a new environment.

In a way, it's your family away from home.

People often believe that all frats and sororities are the same. We can credit this to Hollywood's stereotyping in movies. In fact, there are five different types of fraternities and sororities that you can pledge to.

Luckily for you, that is what we're going to talk about today.

5 Types of Fraternities and Sororities

As a new college student, you already know that you want to go Greek. The problem is trying to decide which of the 123 Greek organizations is right for you.

Every frat and sorority falls within one of five categories:

  • Social
  • Service
  • Professional
  • Honors
  • Religion/Ethnic

Let's take a look at each group.


Most Greek life organizations fall under this category. Some groups will do community service, while others may focus on professional goals. The main goal of social fraternities is to build character and find personal growth.

Almost all houses under the social category will be gender-based. The largest frat in the country (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) has over 304,000 members. The largest sorority (Chi Omega) has over 300,000 members!


A service-focused fraternity or sorority focuses on getting involved with the community. These houses can be co-ed and don't turn away members based on gender.

What's cool about joining a service organization is that you're not limited to that group. You have the ability to join social or professional organizations, too.


Members of a professional Greek house use the group for professional networking. Any events held by the house usually focus on helping members achieve their career goals. Some examples of events can include seminars on resume-writing or continued education. They may even host job fairs.

When college is over, members of professional groups usually stay active after graduation. There are different fraternities that aren't even based out of a college.

If you want to join these organizations, you'll have to find one that includes your field. Some organizations like Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity only focus on a specific field.


Of the types of sororities and fraternities, new folks will skip usual pledge process. Instead, the Honors houses invite new members based on GPA. Only high-achieving students with high GPAs may receive an invitation to join.


Greek organizations that fall under this umbrella focus on faith and culture. This group was born as the result of the discriminatory ways of other organizations in the past.

Many of the present-day faith-based organizations welcome anyone who wants to join. Of course, they still attract pledges from a specific race or religion.

Final Thoughts on the Types of Fraternities

Choosing a fraternity or sorority is an important decision that only you can make. Before you pledge to any house, you need to decide which among these types of fraternities you'd like to join.

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