The Interfraternity Council at the University of Arizona
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the coordinating and governing board of 20 mens social fraternities at the University of Arizona. IFC is made up of 8 executive officers in charge of various aspects of Greek Life, as well as the president and delegate from each fraternity. Our goal as an organization is to lead the U of A's Greek Community, one of the nation's strongest, in the right direction. As a whole, the purpose of the IFC is, in accordance with the objectives outline by the National Interfraternity Conference, to assist the fraternity system in the development of fraternity members through intellectual, social leadership, and humanitarian pursuits. Several All-Greek events at the U of A are planned and organized by the IFC, recruitment being one of the biggest. Simply put, we work to continue the proud tradition of being Greek at the University of Arizona.
The college fraternity is an institution unique to the United States. In the 18th century, all colleges were small and religiously orientated. There were no such things as electives, and the faculty preferred a student's mind to be more concerned with academics and religious entities rather than current events. Student organizations were frowned upon and highly discouraged. It is understandable then, that students would seek to form fraternal groups to the needs not being met by their academic institutions. Hence, what we know as the fraternity or Greek letter organization, was formed. The first Greek letter society was formed when a student was denied admission into a William and Mary literary society. The rejected man, along with four friends, organized a society of their own, using Greek letters to name it Phi Beta Kappa. That first meeting was on December 5, 1776, and now, well over 200 years later, there more than 75 nationally recognized traditional social fraternities.
The Greek Community at the U of A exemplifies what Greek Organizations should be. With a little over 50 fraternities and sororities, boasting membership from 12 to over 200, the Greek Community here has established itself as one of the most diverse, exciting, and well respected systems in the country. Recognized nationally as a trend-setter in Greek life, U of A Greeks are constantly being recognized for academic, athletic, philanthropic, and social achievements. The Greek Community has been, and still is, one of the U of A's proudest traditions.