Hobart College has possessed a rich fraternal history nearly since the college was founded in 1822. As early as 1840, fraternities have been a part of campus life and played a role in the college’s development and growth. Each year, numerous men come together and welcome each other as brothers, joining the ranks of Greeks who came before them. While the campus has had the privilege of hosting dozens of local fraternal organizations, national fraternities remain the sole source of Greek life at the Colleges. There are no sororities at William Smith College.
Hobart’s Greek community is an important aspect of campus activities and social life. Hobart’s Greek men have made it a tradition to be active members of the campus community with fraternities engaging in numerous functions and events sponsored by Hobart and William Smith, ranging from club activities to student government and varsity sports. Members from each house are provided with opportunities for philanthropy and community service and are known for their concern of others. Many brothers become involved in leadership positions on campus, as well, all the while providing support and friendship for their brothers. Each fraternity exhibits such deeds in its own way, ultimately trying to offer opportunity and brotherhood to all its members. The Colleges' administration works with the fraternities to foster and preserve such an environment for the Greek community.
Today seven fraternities are officially recognized by the Colleges: Alpha Phi Alpha, Chi Phi XΦ (1860), Delta Chi ΔX (1948), Kappa Alpha Society KA (1844), Kappa Sigma KΣ (1935), Phi Sigma Kappa ΦΣK (1950), and Theta Delta Chi ΘΔX (1857).