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Fraternity & Sorority Life at JMU was founded in 1939 at what was then Madison College. Since that time, we have cultivated a community that values brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership and involvement, academic interest, service, and social responsibility.  

Today, our community consists of 25 Fraternities and 19 sororities across three councils with a total Membership of more than 4,500 undergraduate students. 

Our Values 

Social Life 
Our chapters host numerous social events throughout the year, from brotherhood and sisterhood focused events to socials with other organizations in our community. Social responsibility at JMU keeps our individual members safe and our larger community strong.

At the heart of our community is the mission to develop college students into dynamic leaders who will benefit society long after graduation. Our governing councils and Fraternity & Sorority Life work diligently to provide an array of options to increase our members’ leadership capacity. 

Academic Excellence 
Because our members are students first, scholarship and academic achievement are the primary focus for our chapters. Studies have shown that Membership in a social fraternity or sorority increases academic achievement. Study hours, resources, tutoring, and other assistance is provided by individual chapters and councils. 

Our member communities host philanthropic events all year as individual chapters and as a community. As a community, all organizations participate in Greek Week and Greek Sing, which together have raised over $100,000 to benefit the ARC of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 

Our community devotes thousands of hours of service to both local and national causes. Many Fraternity & Sorority Members attend JMU-sponsored Alternative Break Trips all over the country and North America. 

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