Fraternities and sororities play an important role in RIT student life.
Social fraternities and sororities constitute the vast majority of fraternities and sororities operating at RIT. Collectively referred to as "the Greeks", the members of these organizations make up about 5-7% of the student body annually. They are represented in Student Government by Greek Council, which is made up of The College Panhellenic Council and the Inter-Fraternity Council, and are supported by the staff of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
There are six sororities with chapters at RIT that do not have any particular ethnic focus. Together they collaborate to form the College Panhellenic Council. The six chapters are:
Professional fraternities are among the oldest student organizations at RIT, but are relatively few in number. Unlike social fraternities and sororities, professional fraternities accept both male and female members, generally have a particular academic or professional focus, and members do not formally live together.
Professional fraternities are not part of the Greek Council structure and with the exception of Alpha Phi Omega not recognized through the Student Government hierarchy.
In addition to social and professional fraternities, RIT also recognizes a number of honor societies for students who excel academically in particular fields:
A variety of other organizations (generally organized as clubs) are also called fraternities. Those with a presence at RIT include: