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.