MSU’s Panhellenic Association is one of only 20 associations internationally to receive the College Panhellenic Excellence Award, given to outstanding associations from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). The organization is an umbrella group for 26 sororities and works to advocate for women as well as support sororities in cooperating with their universities. With locations at over 670 North American colleges and exceeding 3,000 chapters, the award is extremely competitive.
Montana State is home to four sororities: Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta and Pi Beta Phi. Although differentiated in many aspects unique to their chapter, the sororities share common objectives, including: good scholarship, guarding good health, maintenance of fine standards and serving the college community.
The NPC evaluates its member associations annually, awarding those highest achieving in seven criteria. Those who receive the Excellence Award must meet all of the following: recruitment, Panhellenic structure, communication with NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, academics and Panhellenic community impact and relations. Other notable associations to receive the Excellence Award include The University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Arizona and the University of California-Los Angeles.