Psi Upsilon

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Psi Upsilon
Abbreviation: Psi U
Org Founded: 1833 at Union College
CU Chapter: Lambda
Chapter Established: 1842
Motto: "Unto us has befallen a mighty friendship."
Symbol(s): Owl
House: None
Recognition: IFC

Psi Upsilon, Lambda chapter, is one of the fraternities recognized by the Interfraternity Council. The fraternity more commonly goes by its nickname Psi U.

In spring 2013 the chapter earned a 4 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating.

Service & Philanthropy

Psi Upsilon chapters are regular donors to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation as well as Men’s health research at the Columbia Medical School.

About Psi U at Columbia

Psi Upsilon was once known as being primarily for engineers and computer science majors. Since 2004, the fraternity has been "staging a comeback," and its most recent pledge classes have been primarily composed of CC, rather than SEAS, students. One of the "most storied fraternities at Columbia," Psi U has "produced several distinguished alumni, including several members of the Columbia Board of Trustees."

Founded on June 25, 1842, the Lambda Chapter of Psi Upsilon is the oldest continuous fraternity on Columbia's campus. Although Alpha Delta Phi was founded earlier (in 1836), it has "since become more of a literary society."

The Lambda house, located at 542 W 114th Street, across from Columbia's Carman dormitory, was home to the Fraternity from 1952 to 2012, when the fraternity was evicted by the University. Before 1952, Psi U was housed in 627 W. 115th Street.

Psi U is "known for its annual 80s Party, an affection for/addiction to hookah, the excellent bartending abilities of its brothers, and the owl which once sat above its doorway."

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Greek life at Columbia
IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta PhiAlpha Epsilon PiBeta Theta PiDelta Sigma PhiKappa Delta RhoPhi Gamma DeltaPi Kappa AlphaPsi UpsilonSigma ChiSigma NuSigma Phi EpsilonZeta Beta Tau
Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Omicron PiDelta GammaGamma Phi BetaKappa Alpha ThetaSigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota AlphaAlpha Phi AlphaKappa Alpha PsiOmega Psi PhiPi Delta PsiLambda Phi EpsilonSigma Lambda Beta
Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi ChiSigma Iota AlphaDelta Sigma ThetaKappa Phi LambdaSigma Lambda Gamma
Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon