Undergraduate societies were established at Dartmouth in 1993. The two undergraduate societies, Amarna and Panarchy, are coed in composition, have open membership and provide their members with educational programming, social activities and residential communities that are supportive and welcoming.
Amarna was founded as a newly-formed undergraduate society in early 1994. It is named after a Middle Egyptian society led by King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti.
Amarna's web site states that its members "embrace, affirm and appreciate individuality and diversity with respect to gender, race, color, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability and lifestyle." Some of the many events that Amarnites organize and run include "Wine and Cheese," dance parties and weekly dinners where they bring in faculty and administrators.
Panarchy became the first college-recognized undergraduate society in September 1993. The history of Panarchy begins with Beta Psi fraternity, which was absorbed by Phi Kappa Psi, a national fraternity. Dartmouth's Phi Kappa Psi separated from the national and renamed itself Phi Sigma Psi in 1967. After years of having female exchange-student boarders, on the first day Dartmouth admitted women in 1972, Phi Psi became the first Greek Letter organization to go co-educational. The organization changed its name to Phi Psi/Panarchy in 1991. Panarchy was recognized by the college as an undergraduate society in 1993.
The Office of Greek Life Handbook for both organizations and societies can be found here
Last Updated: 1/22/16