History of Greek Life Fraternities and sororities are well-known forms of secret societies, which have been around for thousands of years. The first Greek fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was founded at the College of William & Mary in 1776 and included many of the characteristics still seen in Greek life today, including a secret handshake, secret motto, secret ritual, a badge, and code of laws. After this secret society was founded, many more followed, and eventually women formed sororities.
Greek organizations saw lower numbers of members and chapters in general during World War I and World War II as many men went into battle. After World War II the G.I. Bill sent many men back to school and chapters flourished.
Greek life is often recognized for it’s negative traits, but the positives outweigh the negatives. Here’s an example from usc Greek life: