The National Panhellenic Conference
Founded in 1902, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is an umbrella organization for 26 national and/or international women's fraternities and sororities. Each member group is an autonomous, social, Greek-letter society of college women and alumnae. Members are represented on over 620 campuses in the United States and Canada and over 4,600 alumnae associations, making up over 3.6 million sorority women. NPC is the largest women's organization in the world!
SMU Panhellenic Council
The SMU Panhellenic Council is the governing body over the eight NPC sororities on our campus. The council is comprised of eight members of the Executive Board, the Panhellenic chapter delegate from each chapter, and the eight chapter presidents. The Council's responsibility is to bring together all eight chapters in the spirit of Greek unity, to enforce the NPC guidelines, and to oversee and regulate the recruitment process.
The Panhellenic Creed
We, as undergraduate members of women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
As Panhellenic, We Believe
Fraternity is a social experience based on the fundamental right for a free people to form voluntary associations. It is one of the enrichments of college life. The young woman who wants a fraternity experience will find it possible to belong on most campuses today. Fraternity membership is a social experience arrived at by mutual choice and selection. Fraternity membership is by invitation.
Fraternities exist because they:
- Provide a good democratic social experience.
- Give values beyond college years.
- Create, through their ideals, an ever-widening circle of service beyond the membership.
- Develop the individual's potential through leadership opportunities and group effort.
Fraternities continue because:
- Parents appreciate fraternity values and standards and cooperate to make membership possible
- College administrators, recognizing the values of fraternities, continue to welcome them on their campuses and invite them to establish new chapters.