Insight for Parents and Family
Benefits of Joining a Greek Organization
In addition to Greek commitments, members of Greek organizations are active participants in campus life, serving as presidents, team captains, or leaders in several clubs, teams, and organizations. Greek organizations support the academic mission of the university by promoting personal scholarship, and goal setting. The chapters provide opportunities for individual growth, practicing leadership skills and developing friendships that last beyond Willamette. Joining a Greek organization can be a life-changing experience.
There are three sororities on Willamette's campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi. All are national organizations and members of the National Panhellenic Conference, a congress of 26 member groups. Each chapter has a long tradition at Willamette, with unique culture of traditions and events. For more information visit the national website.
The sororities reside in University-owned facilities called chapter houses, where members are expected to live and eat their meals. Each chapter house is staffed by a live-in house director. The room and board cost for a sorority is the same as living in a residence hall and purchasing a “B” meal plan. Sorority chapter houses are alcohol and substance free communities.
Each sorority house has a different floor plan and room configuration. Alpha Chi Omega offers mostly four-person rooms, while Delta Gamma and Pi Beta Phi offer mostly double rooms. All houses have meeting rooms and study areas. During recruitment your student will tour the houses and learn more about each living arrangement.
None of the fraternities currently have housing on campus, but have on and off campus meeting places for their regular meetings and events. Fraternities can apply for on campus housing if they meet university requirements. For fraternities, on campus housing is typically a residential hall or building and meal plans can be purchased.
Like any organization there are bills to pay and costs to membership. Every new and current member of a Greek organization is required to pay dues. Dues are charged every semester of membership and are comprised of both local and national fees. Dues cover such items as chapter events, leadership conferences, and national dues. New member dues are more expensive because they include several one-time fees. Member dues decrease significantly during the second full semester of membership.