Greek Life

Location
Salem, OR
Undergrads
1,973
Tuition
$40,874
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek Life, but it seems to be alright. I know of a lot of girls who have joined sororities and loved them. The only time that Greek Life gets kind of obnoxious is during recruitment, but other than that, they're generally fine. There is a bit of controversy about one of the fraternities in the aftermath of a minor scandal that took place and I've definitely heard much worse things about the fraternities than the sororities.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's great but not my scene

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am a student involved in Greek Life. I am proud of my chapter, but I am not proud that, because I am a part of a sorority, I am automatically associated with fraternities as well. Our Panhellenic Council has been separating their countenance from that of the Interfraternity Council, but that won't change the way unaffiliated people view us. There are a few people who are anti-Greek and quite vocal about it, but more unaffiliated people just don't care. The sororities all have on-campus housing. The houses are all really nice and well-kept, but living there as a senior has been rather challenging. None of the fraternities chapters have on-campus housing. One of them has a house that is recognized by their national fraternity, but the others are all scattered. The Willamette administration's view on Greek life is really interesting, and I'm still not really sure how they feel about us. Last year our Sigma Chi chapter made headlines for their Facebook page, in which they said awful things about Willamette administrators and students. Even though part of their punishment was that they would not be allowed to recruit the next year, pressure from affiliated donors forced the University to rescind their decision. I was really disappointed by this, as I think the punishment they received was not enough compared to the violence they enacted through their Facebook page. This incident tarnished all of Greek Life's reputation in the eyes of many unaffiliated people.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I just joined a sorority, and everybody is super nice and accepting

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek I'm going to be biased, but Greek life creates a major divide between students that can even permeate the classroom. Often members of a fraternity or sorority will choose to work with other Greeks rather than students who will actually help them learn and grow. Greek life is the easiest way to make guaranteed friends on campus, however you have to pay a hefty price to keep them.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 506th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 869th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1092nd
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1159th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rafael Baptista
Hometown
Portland, OR
Major
Politics and Spanish
Grad Year
2012
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Willamette has a deferred recruitment process, which means freshmen cannot rush until their second semester. This is good because it allows freshmen to get to know the different chapters, experience dorm life, and form their own opinions on whether Greek life is for them, and there are definitely some things to consider. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a big time commitment with all of the weekly chapter meetings, socials, recruitment activities, and other activities you must attend, depending on your position in your chapter. Oh, and don't forget that it costs money to be Greek—all members are required to pay dues. On the plus side, going Greek means you are joining an incredibly large social network of people at Willamette and in the real world. Never again will you sit alone at a lunch table, have nothing to do on a Friday night, or have a hard time finding a study buddy. Even the most independent of Bearcats finds this lifestyle comfortable. In addition, going Greek at Willamette means giving back to the community—each chapter supports a different cause and holds fundraising events.

Each sorority has around 70 to 80 members each, depending on the year, and has an on-campus house where most of its members live. Sorority sisters have some of the best conditions when it comes to on-campus housing—each sorority house has its own housing staff, including cooks, housekeepers, and a house mother. The only fraternity with a house on campus is Sigma Chi. It is a dorm-style house with a living room, chapter room, and basement. Unlike the sororities, fraternity men have to eat in the Main Campus cafeterias. Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta do not have any houses, and most members live in dorms or in off-campus housing. Kappa Sigma is the newest fraternity on campus and not a chapter. It does have an off-campus house, though.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
15%
Undergrad Women in Sororities
16%
Number of Fraternities
3
Number of Sororities
3
Fraternities
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
Sororities
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Delta Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
Multicultural Colonies
Kappa Sigma Colony
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 26% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 65% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 10% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 3% No special housing is available.
  • 13% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 73% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 30 responses

  • 17% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 10% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 63% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 10% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 70% Somewhat easy.
  • 20% Very easy.
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