Q: How did Greek life originate at UIC?
A: When the University of Illinois at Chicago
Circle Campus opened in 1965, there were no provisions for fraternities or sororities.
Although the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had the nation’s
largest Greek system, Chicago planners envisioned UICC as a commuter school.
In addition, a local ordinance limited the number of unrelated women that could
live in a single residency. As a result, UICC refused to charter any campus residential
sororities or fraternities.Under these constraints emerged Pi Alpha Tau, one
of the country’s first co-ed “fratorities” and an active force
at UICC in the 1960s. Rather than offering a residence, the fratority sponsored
social and service-oriented events, such as Freshman Weekend, Orientation and
Homecoming, to help build a sense of community on campus. Since the 1960s, Greek
life at UIC has grown significantly. In the mid-1990s, the sorority Gamma Gamma
Gamma affiliated itself with a national organization and became Alpha Sigma Tau.
Ethnic-based fraternities and sororities were also founded. In 1998, Alpha Kappa
Delta Phi became the first Asian American sorority in the State of Illinois.
Today, 28 Greek organizations are registered at UIC.