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Greek Life

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many students are apart of Greek life but those who are not do not feel alienated from those students.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek Life, but from what I have seen, it is an important aspect of WU. Greek Life provides a place for people to feel comfortable with a "family" of their own. There are many annual fundraisers and awareness events that Greek Life is involved with. It's an integral part of the WU community.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is not extremely big at this school however they do provide a lot of benefit to the community and are very considerate with each other. Unlike movies, the Frat members are nice and outgoing, not looking to stab you in the back

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life is less about partying and more about actually helping the community.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is really big on campus

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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 68 responses

  • 9% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 63% 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.
  • 28% 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 67 responses

  • 7% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 75% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 7% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 10% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 68 responses

  • 24% Very easy.
  • 66% Somewhat easy.
  • 10% Somewhat difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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