Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers college students unparalleled academic, community and leadership development experiences. While it is fashionable for the media to highlight negative stereotypes and focus on an occasional misdeed, the reality is membership remains a positive influence for individuals, colleges and communities. On an inter/national level, three associations oversee 101 fraternities and sororities with 750,000 undergraduate members at 12,000 chapters.
At WCU, 15 sororities and 11 fraternities offer a values-based experience to individuals that share a commitment to providing you an opportunity for:
Joining a fraternity or sorority helps you adjust to living away from home. The bond you will have with your fellow brothers and sisters will last a lifetime and it will provide an easy way to network.
Each fraternity and sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance, such as, study areas, tutoring, awards, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher grade point average than their non-Greek counterparts.
Members learn to work within these their chapter and positions within each chapter are elected to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares members for the demands and responsibilities needed for the future.
No other segment of the student population has dedicated more time and resources, or has raised more money for charity than the members of our fraternity and sorority community. From volunteering in elementary schools, to giving blood, to raising money for important causes, WCU fraternities and sororities prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.
For many students, the social component of membership helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Fraternities and sororities provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, step shows, mixers, sing competitions, and other special events. Sororities and fraternities can offer more of a family atmosphere and go beyond ordinary friendships - often lasting a lifetime.
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is one of mutual selection. Fraternities and sororities use different means to acquaint themselves with interested students and to allow prospective members to learn about the organization. The process to join depends on the type of fraternity or sorority, which are categorized below by the governing council that oversees each different type.
While individual chapters may have additional requirements you must meet in order to receive an invitation to join, below are the basic requirements for all organizations:
While each organization has different requirements and process, most BLGC groups encourage men and women to observe current members and educate themselves on the history and philosophies of each group. There will be many activities throughout the year sponsored by the organizations. Once a man or woman identifies the group he or she would like to belong to, he or she should attend a social or interest meeting sponsored by the organization. Note that most BLGC organizations require a standing college GPA and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.
For more information, visit the BLGC website.
At the beginning of each semester, there are a number of informational and social events that take place where all chapters participate in to provide interested men the opportunity to meet active members from several fraternities. Chapters will also host several individual events during this time for potential members to attend and learn more about a particular fraternity in a more personalized setting. No registration fee is required and it is up to the student to decide which events to attend.
IFC Recruitment Contact: Richard Shaefer
For more information, visit the IFC website
The fall recruitment process for the sororities is formal and structured. Registration is required, prior to the week of formal recruitment. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the Formal Recruitment Process. The final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapters events which are more formal in nature.
After the Preference Parties, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to extend invitations to join to a maximum number of women, so a "bid matching" process determines which sorority each participant will join.
PHC Recruitment Contact: Halle Fuerman
For more information, visit the PHC website
Questions regarding membership in a fraternity or sorority can be directed to Cara Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)