Greek Life at Davidson is unique in that it is known as Patterson Court because of our council structure of fraternities, sororities, and eating houses. Patterson Court organizations at Davidson College are recognized for the purposes of providing students an opportunity to learn and interact in small-group situations while facilitating personal growth in the areas of scholarship, social and leadership development, campus and community service involvement and values clarification.
In pursuit of these aims, the Patterson Court Office supports the community's vision to be a community of support that recognizes the value of unique individuals and organizations and promotes their engagement in the larger community through relationship building, collaborative learning and the process of self-discovery.
Patterson Court is home to a diverse community of 14 service-based and social fraternities, eating houses and sororities. Sixty-three percent of Davidson women and 45 percent of Davidson men participate in Patterson Court organizations, taking advantage of the many opportunities for leadership, service, and fellowship.
Participation in most Patterson Court events is open to all students, except for events specifically designated as members-only. All social, leadership, and service events are coordinated through the Patterson Court Council and Patterson Court Advisor, and all houses are accountable to the Patterson Court Judicial Board.
To join a fraternity, you must receive a bid for membership and must meet the national GPA requirement for the organization you hope to join. Houses with facilities offer meal plans for upperclassmen.
Established at Davidson in 2003, the Tau Omicron chapter of the fraternity twice has been named Fraternity of the Year, and also has received awards for excellence in new member programming and community service. The chapter's mission is to develop leaders and promote academic excellence while serving the greater community.
Established at Davidson in 1880, the Sigma chapter of the fraternity is one of the oldest fraternity chapters at the school. The chapter's goal is to create a lifetime experience centered on reverence to God, duty, honor, character and gentlemanly conduct.
Established at Davidson in 2008, the Pi Mu chapter of the fraternity has been named Patterson Court Service Fraternity of the year and Patterson Court Organization of the Year. It supports the St. Jude Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Davidson. The fraternity's goal is achievement in every field of human endeavor.
Established at Davidson in 1890, the Delta chapter of the fraternity supports programs for mentoring, military heroes support, and muscular dystrophy research, among others. Brothers value scholarship, leadership, community service and fellowship.
Established at Davidson in 1929, the Gamma chapter of the fraternity supports programs for early breast cancer detection, ALS research, affordable housing and healthcare, among others. The brothers value brotherhood, community service and academic success, and the chapter has received two Gold Star awards for excellence.
Established at Davidson in 1923, the Delta Kappa chapter of the fraternity supports organizations such as the Red Cross and the United Service Organization (USO). Brothers aim to create lifelong friendships within the fraternity while promoting a commitment to learning and excellence.
Established at Davidson in 1883, the Theta chapter of the fraternity supports the Red Cross and the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. It recently received the National Outstanding Alumni Association Communication award. Brothers pride themselves on being true gentlemen of good scholarship.
Established at Davidson in 1930, the Epsilon chapter of the fraternity supports the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, as well as the YouthAIDS organization, the American Cancer Society and the Red Cross. The house recently received its third Buchanan Outstanding Chapter award, its second Academic Excellence award, and an award for excellence in recruitment. Brothers work to recruit men from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests.
To join a sorority, you must attend an information session hosted by the sorority to learn more about membership. To join an eating house, you may choose to participate in the self-selection process in January, either as an individual or as one of a four-woman cluster (clustering ensures all four women get into the same house). Houses with facilities offer meal plans for upperclassmen.
Established as the first sorority at Davidson in 2008, AKA sisters support KIPP Charlotte, as well as initiatives for domestic violence awareness, social justice and human rights, among others. The house recently was named Women's Organization of the Year, and has received awards for community service and community involvement. The sorority values high scholastic and ethical standards, unity, community service, and interest in women's issues.
Founded in 1992, Connor House supports breast cancer awareness and early detection through its partnership with Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test. In addition to planning social activities, members promote sisterhood through collaborative service and philanthropy in the greater community.
Established at Davidson in 2011, the Upsilon Mu chapter of the sorority aims to enlighten and enhance the community. Sisters have received several awards for academic and civic achievements, including Patterson Court Women's Organization of the Year and Center for Civic Engagement Outstanding Organization, among others. The sorority's guiding motto is: "Intelligence is the torch of wisdom."
Founded in 1977 as the college's first all-female eating house, Rusk House supports the Boys and Girls Club in Davidson as well as other childhood education initiatives. Members value sincerity, community and acceptance.
Founded in 1998, Turner House is the college's youngest eating house and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Buddy System mentoring program, and the American Heart Association's Alliance for a healthier Generation. Members are involved in a wide range of campus and community activities.
Founded in 1982, Warner Hall House supports HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives and partners with the Mwandi Christian Mission Hospital in Zambia and the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) in Charlotte. Members are dedicated to promoting leadership, friendship and fellowship.