Big 10 women are amazing. Fight us if you don’t agree. Or better yet, just look at the scoreboard. University of Maryland, The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska, University of Iowa, and University of Minnesota were all among the schools that saw their women’s NCAA basketball squads in the March Women’s Final Four tournament.
In women’s soccer, Nebraska midfielder Haley Hanson, Penn State forward Frannie Crouse, Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy and Penn State defender Brittany Basinger were all selected in the first three rounds of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League college draft.
Of course, women at Big 10 schools also achieve success well beyond the realm of athletics, and we cheer wildly for them on and off the field of play. Most Big 10 schools, for instance, placed within the top 100 best National Universities in last year’s U.S. News best schools rankings. Northwestern University placed highest, at number 11.
We would argue that Greek life can contribute to this kind of success academically, socially and professionally. Being a member of a sorority chapter can give sisters the support and networking skills they need to succeed in their degrees and beyond. And where does all this success building go down, exactly? We’re glad you asked! The answer is a sorority house, of course, where sisters gather to work hard and play hard all the livelong day. That’s why Pennington & Company is proud to bring to you the Best Big 10 Sorority Houses.
Chi Omega - University of Nebraska
The Chi Omega Kappa chapter at University of Nebraska Lincoln owns one of the coolest and best Big 10 sorority houses. This towering castle-like structure with several stories of stonework, a massive chimney, Spanish tile roofing and huge bay windows has undergone over $700,000 worth of renovations to the property, with the help of Greek fundraising professionals at Pennington. Chi Omega was founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas. Today it’s grown to 180 active chapters and 345,000 initiated members, and grows at a rate of approximately 28,000 new undergraduate members per year. Sure, Nebraska is a bit of a hike from Arkansas, but all Chi Omegas across the United States are unified as sisters.
The sorority’s symphony exemplifies this unity by stating, among other fine qualities of sisters, that they are “in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.”
What better place for the Cornhusker sisters of Chi Omega to call home than this beautiful house surrounded by a deep green, well-manicured lawn and the gentle shade of nearby trees. Sisters can rest assured that this house is definitely one of the Big 10’s best.
Delta Gamma - University of Wisconsin
The Delta Gamma women’s fraternity chapter at University of Wisconsin lives in a house that’ll hit you like a ton of bricks--because that’s what it’s made of. Well, technically, it’s made of native sandstone. The house was designed in 1926 by an architect from Madison named Frank Riley. This massive three-story house on Langdon Street was built in the colonial revival style that was popular in the early part of the 20th century and has since undergone over one million dollars’--yes, you saw that number correctly--worth of renovations.
Delta Gamma was founded in 1873, nearly half a century before this house was built, at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Mississippi.
Since its formation, Delta Gamma has grown exponentially and now has roughly 150 chapters across the United States.
The Madison Wisconsin chapter has been on campus since 1880--in other words, a long, long time! The austere white and black painted shutters, doors, roof and other features adorning the house give it a simple elegance that exudes confidence and poise, qualities inherent to the Delta Gamma sisters. It seems the renovations haven’t taken any of that away, which is a wonderful way to show the world what history and tradition really mean.
Delta Delta Delta - Northwestern University
“Why Tri Delta?”
That’s the question Delta Delta Delta’s Upsilon chapter seeks to answer every day, so much so that they’ve displayed these words prominently on their webpage. It’s a play on words that entices young women, potentially interested in joining the chapter, into a conversation. It’s a conversation that over 19,000 collegians and 210,000 alumnae are already having as part of Delta Delta Delta’s network.
On the beautiful Illinois campus of Northwestern University along Lake Michigan sits the Upsilon chapter’s sorority house, and let us tell you, it’s one of the Big 10’s best. The house, which has undergone a nearly $500,000 remodel, has room for 55 Delta Delta Delta sisters to live.
The house is quite a sight to behold with its arched windows, classic stonework, French doors, and multiple tiers of roofing. This house has the feel of an old villa inn, but don’t let its outward style fool you--it’s got all the modern amenities sisters could need. It has a brand new state-of-the-art study room, an open sunroom, and a family room adorned with classy wood paneling. There’s also a kitchen that’s open 24/7. Heck, there’s even a grand piano for those aspiring musicians in the bunch.
What more could you want out of a house? If you ask these sisters, they’ll probably tell you that there’s absolutely nothing wanting in this best Big 10 sorority house.
Of course, there are too many awesome Big 10 sorority houses to include in this list, but these are a few of our favorites! Whether you’re a Cornhusker, a Wildcat, a Spartan, a Badger, a Hawkeye, a Fighting Illini, a Wolverine, a Buckeye, a Golden Gopher, a Scarlet Knight, a Boilermaker, a Nittany Lion, a Terrapin, a Hoosier or, in the case of hockey, one of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish, be proud of yourself--you’re a sister in the Big 10.
Which house got snubbed in this list? What Big 10 Sorority House would you include as one of the best? Let us know in the comments below.