CPC History

History of the National Panhellenic Conference

 

National Panhellenic Conference evolved gradually through a cooperative spirit among women's fraternities. As early as 1891, Kappa Kappa Gamma invited all of the Greek-letter women's college fraternities (there were seven at the time) to a meeting in Boston on April 16 and 17. The groups discussed Interfraternity courtesy, fraternity jewelry and stationery and Greek journalism. A second meeting was planned for 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, and although some representatives were there, no records exist of the session.

Early histories of women's fraternities contain accounts of "rushing and pledging agreements" or "compacts" among fraternities on various campuses, and also many stories of cooperation and mutual assistance. However, no actual Panhellenic organization existed and no uniform practices were observed. By 1902, it was obvious that some standards were needed, so Alpha Phi invited Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega to a conference in Chicago on May 24. Although Alpha Chi Omega and Chi Omega were not able to send delegates to this meeting, the session resulted in the organization of the first Interfraternity association and the first inter-group organization on college campuses. (National Interfraternity conference for men's fraternities was organized in 1909).

First called the Interfraternity Conference, the organization has been variously named and renamed the Inter-Sorority Conference (until 1908); the National Panhellenic Conference (until 1911); the National Panhellenic Congress (until 1917); the National Panhellenic Conference (until 1921); the National Panhellenic Congress (until 1945), and finally the National Panhellenic Conference.
 
 

Purpose of National Panhellenic Conference

National Panhellenic Conference is an organization established to foster Interfraternity relationships, to assist collegiate chapters (College Panhellenic Councils) of the NPC member groups, and to cooperate with colleges and universities in maintaining the highest scholastic and social standards.
 
 

Members of NPC

Alpha Chi Omega

Delta Zeta

Alpha Delta Pi

Gamma Phi Beta

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Kappa Alpha Theta

Alpha Gamma Delta

Kappa Delta

Alpha Omicron Pi

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Alpha Phi

Phi Mu

Alpha Sigma Alpha

Phi Sigma Sigma

Alpha Sigma Tau

Pi Beta Phi

Alpha Xi Delta

Sigma Delta Tau

Chi Omega

Sigma Kappa

Delta Delta Delta

Sigma Sigma Sigma

Delta Gamma

Theta Phi Alpha

Delta Phi Epsilon

Zeta Tau Alpha


 

Colors

The official colors of the National Panhellenic Conference are green and white.