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Greek Life

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks are not considered snobby or douchey, and for members, they organize many group bonding activities. Largely however, except for their parties, they play a small part in campus life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Well, Western is known already to be party school and if you want to party you can find them. I think that's a reason that Greek life isn't as prevalent because you can party with pals regardless. But if you want to go into a Frat there are a few around campus and they are pretty friendly to recruits.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Improve Campus Atmosphere – There are several frats and sororities at Western but they are not a big deal unless you are in one. The parties and events they throw are amazing and they do a lot of charitable work.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have been involved in Greek life since my first year, and I have never regretted this decision. It is an amazing social atmosphere. Although Greek life does not have a large impact on campus, we are recognized and known. Many students attend the open fraternity parties, and involve themselves in events hosted by the Greek Scene. Many people openly voice their opinions of how Greek Life operates and some opinions are negative, but once people begin to understand that it encompasses more than just a social heirarchy, the opinion is more favourable.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Easy to avoid – I don't know much about the Greek scene because I've never pursued that kind of life. However, I know that you can have fun at Western without ever having set foot in that circle.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Number of Fraternities
11
Number of Sororities
5
Fraternities
  • ACACIA
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Society
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Lambda Phi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
Sororities
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Pi Beta Phi
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Fraternities and sororities are a long-standing tradition on campus, with some chapters in establishment for over 70 years.
  • There are a number of inactive fraternity chapters at UWO that lack official affiliation with their headquarters, but still have social events and alumni support.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 69% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 23% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 0% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 50% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 42% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 0% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 36% No special housing is available.
  • 45% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 54% Somewhat easy.
  • 23% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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