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Colony (fraternity or sorority)

A colony is a probationary body of a national

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As a colony, most universities allow the members to participate in all Greek activities on campus. These activities include the Interfraternity Council, or IFC; Panhellenic Council, or PHC; student government, new-student orientation; intramural athletics; leadership honoraries and other such activities. These activities can give colony members an opportunity to get established in their university’s Greek community and meet potential new members that later could join their colony or chapter.[2]

Role as a colony

Alumni volunteers will work with the colony to establish effective chapter operations, develop scholarship programs, teach recruitment skills and devise a long-term plan of action. For most Greek organizations, there is a good chance that there are at least several alumni near the given school. Most sororities or fraternities get into contact with these alumni through their nationals. Nationals also sends what can be referred to as "Education Consultants," who are paid by the organization, to spend time with the colony to teach them all of the traditions, values and ways of the fraternity or sorority. Staff members from nationals are also always on duty to assist the colony in any way needed so that they become successful.

  1. A group of men or women must contact the organization’s nationals to request the colonization of the organization. After the request is evaluated and approved, these men and women will be considered the Founding Fathers or Founding Sisters of that Greek organization.
  2. Typically, it takes anywhere from eighteen months to thirty-six months for the entire process to take place. Within these two years the colony must be able to effectively prove to the national organization that they will be able to operate efficiently in all areas of chapter operations. These areas include philanthropy, payments, and recruiting and maintaining members consistently.
  3. After the colony has proven to the nationals that they can maintain their chapter, the men or women of the organization are then initiated into the desired Fraternity or Sorority by the national organization.

Different Greek organizations have different practices and procedures when establishing colonies and maturing them into chapters. Not only does this process depend on the specific Greek organization, but it also depends on the standards and rules that are set by each individual university. However, many organizations have a process that is similar to this:

Practices and procedures

Several other Greek organizations were formed through the twentieth century. With each separate sorority and fraternity, others began to charter existing organizations at different schools. This became popular in the 1900s, especially after World War II and the Great Depression.[2]

The first Greek society was Phi Beta Kappa and was founded in 1776 as a literary and debating club. The oldest social fraternity is the Kappa Alpha Society, formed at Union College in New York in 1825. This fraternity was soon followed by several others in the following years.



  • History 1
  • Practices and procedures 2
  • Role as a colony 3
  • References 4


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