If you loved Jessica Wakefield in the Sweet Valley High series, then you might have followed her to Sweet Valley University in he 1980s, when she became a member of the Theta Alpha Theta sorority.
In 1984's Revenge of the Nerds, a group of college nerds decide to fight back after they're harassed by the school's popular fraternities and sororities. A few panty raids and house parties later, they eventually come out on top.
Many of the country's sororities have been known for working toward breast cancer awareness, even pairing up with the Susan G. Komen foundation. Some have even recruited big names in their efforts, such as when Halle Berry walked with women from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Bowling Green State University in 2000.
Most fans of Friends will remember a 2001 episode called "The One With Rachel's Big Kiss." Here's what happens: Rachel runs into her old college sorority sister Melissa (played by Winona Ryder), whom she once made out with. At first, Melissa says she doesn't remember, so Rachel kisses her again. That's when Melissa tells Rachel she's had feelings for her ever since their first smooch.
In 2001, just about everyone fell in love with Elle Woods, the sorority girl turned lawyer in Legally Blonde. The lesson: don't judge anyone's smarts by their appearance — or demeanor for that matter.
They're not your average sorority girls, that's for sure. In 2002's comedy Sorority Boys, a group of college guys cross dress to get out of being charged for a crime they didn't commit; as you might guess, hilarity ensues.
We'd be surprised if there hadn't already been a reality show about sororities. Leave it to MTV to cover that base, with its series Sorority Life (2002-2004) that followed college women all over the country as they pledged houses. In the first season, we got a peek into Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi at the University of California, Davis, and in the second season, cameras followed girls at the University at Buffalo pledging for Delta Xi Omega.
Back in 2006, sororities met consumerism when Victoria's Secret Pink put together a sorority-themed showroom during New York Fashion Week. The reason? To promote its sorority-based Phi Beta Pink collection.
Sorority life gets a little scary in the 2009 film Sorority Row. When the college ladies try to cover up the death of their sorority sister, a serial killer comes their way.
What's a sorority house without a house mom? Thanks to the 2008 flick House Bunny, we learn the story of a former Playboy bunny who's been kicked out of the mansion. Thanks to the girls of Zeta Alpha Zeta who take her in, they all learn lessons about being true to themselves.
The TV show Greek (2007-2011), which follows a freshman whose sister is in a popular sorority, has all the ingredients of stereotypical sorority life: rival houses, relationships with the frat boys, and, of course, red cups.
Add famous sisters among the list of those with sorority traces. Did you know Elizabeth Banks joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Pennsylvania? That's how she met her husband, a member of a college frat. Other notable names include Ashley Judd who was in Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Kentucky; Sheryl Crow as a Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Missouri; and politicians like Condoleezza Rice, who counted herself a member of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Denver.
Ever come across Sorority Life on Facebook or Myspace? Then you might know that the social game is all about living the "fabulous life" of sorority sisters. What that means is going to fun parties, shopping designer duds, working as a barista at the local coffee shop, and choosing a major.