UCI Greek Life

National Panhellenic Council at UCI (NPHC)

National Panhellenic Council at UCI (NPHC)

NPHC group picture at Spring 2022 Meet the Greeks

About the NPHC

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded May 10, 1930 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Sorority & Fraternity Life (SFL) recognizes two of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities with efforts to expand and start another chapter in 2022-2023.

Each chapter organizes educational and cultural programs as well as community service projects for members and the larger university community. 


How to Join

 Individuals interested in joining an NPHC fraternity or sorority should start by learning more about each organization. A helpful approach is to attend programs sponsored by each chapter on-campus or reaching out to connect. Events are posted on the NPHC social media.

NPHC organizations take new member classes through processes called membership intake. Membership intake is organized by each chapter independently and at different times during the academic year. More information can be found by attending NPHC Meet the Greeks event, hosted quarterly by our office in conjunction with the Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research (CBCRR).

Group picture of NPHC community members at Meet the Greeks event.

Active NPHC Chapters at UCI

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Lambda Sigma chapter

City-wide / Metropolitan chapters (encompass more than one college/university)

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated

Upcoming Expansions

    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated (anticipated start in 2022-2023)

Recognition Status (with NPHC & University)

Unrecognized Chapters

    • Lambda Sigma Gamma (sorority) - Recognition halted voluntarily in Winter 2023
    • Lambda Phi Epsilon (fraternity) - Recognition revoked for hazing in 2007
    • Theta Delta Beta (fraternity) - Recognition revoked
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon (fraternity) - Charter revoked by National Organization in 2019; Recognition revoked in 2021
    • Zeta Phi Rho (fraternity) - Recognition halted voluntarily in Spring 2022

Suspended Chapters

    • Pi Kappa Alpha, PIKE (fraternity) - suspended through June 14, 2024, for failure to comply with directives and university policy violations

Recognition for Fraternities & Sororities

The names of the fraternities & sororities listed on this page are the only chapters recognized at UC Irvine. There are honor societies and other professional organizations that use greek letters, but they are not recognized as a fraternity or sorority. Be aware of any group that says they are a fraternity or sorority but is not listed on this page or is not registered with the Student Life & Leadership Office.

Unrecognized groups are also considered underground groups due to the fact that their activities are done in secret.