The Greek scene has some negative connotations within Western's student community, but fraternity and sorority members seem to genuinely enjoy their experiences in these organizations. Recruitment provides fair exposure to all Greek groups and takes place in the fall and winter semesters. Fraternities and sororities are not officially affiliated with the University, so event information for aspiring members can occasionally be difficult to obtain. Each Greek group averages about 50 members, which allows for intimacy and bonding within each chapter. In comparison to the larger Greek-focused colleges in the States, this chapter size prevents members from having true "all-American" experiences within their fraternity or sorority. Regardless, this smaller security group can be of comfort to those overwhelmed by Western's substantial student population.
Mixing between the Greek organizations is common at Western, and Greek events provide ample opportunities to make friends with similar interests. Between philanthropic initiatives, recruitment events, and parties, UWO's fraternities and sororities are focused on the social aspect of campus life. Yet, their presence seems to have little impact on the Western community; UWO students are generally indifferent to the Greek scene.