Fraternities and sororities are the largest, most visible and most active values-based organizations on college campuses. We all share a common code of friendship, service, academic success, and leadership development. Every fraternity and sorority is guided by founding principles and values that serve as a moral beacon for its members.
Brotherhood and sisterhood are among the founding principles of all fraternities and sororities. The bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are life-long. Joining a Greek-letter organization results in an extended family, both on-campus and across the nation.
The entire fraternity and sorority community collectively donates time, money, and effort to service projects. Each individual chapter also raises awareness and money for their own philanthropies throughout the year. On a national level, we are the largest network of young volunteers in the United States. We provide 10 million hours of volunteer service a year. We mentor at-risk students, raise funds for medical research, offer aid at senior citizen facilities, build homes for the poor and collect food for the homeless. Our emphasis on service learning prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.
Click here to find out more about CampDreamcatcher, the fraternity and sorority community joint-philanthropy program.
For information about service and philanthropy efforts in 2013, read our Press Release.
Our community promotes academic success through chapter-based scholarship programs. There is a minimum GPA for membership, and incentives encourage chapters to maintain a cumulative average higher than the all-university GPA. Fraternity men and sorority women consistently do better academically than the average WCU student.
For the spring 2016 semester, the fraternity and sorority community achieved the following:
73% earned a 3.00 GPA or higher
32% earned a 3.67 (Dean's List status)
6.9% earned a 4.00
72% currently have a 3.00 or higher cumulative average at WCU
The average fraternity/sorority member at WCU earned a 3.22 GPA
Fraternities and sororities are the most successful leadership development program for college students. Financial management, conflict resolution, public relations, effective goal setting and basic democratic principles are everyday lessons for our members. Comprehensive leadership programs teach values-based management skills and members graduate with the management and interpersonal skills needed to excel in today's society.
Fraternities and sororities have existed at WCU since 1967. View the history of fraternity and sorority life.
Members of the WCU fraternity and sorority community participate in a wide variety of educational programming on such topics as leadership development, diversity initiatives, alcohol and other drug education, personal health, and career networking. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides direction in programming such as:
A summary of programming highlights can be found in our Annual Reports:
The InterGreek Council is responsible for providing community-wide programming that brings the different chapters together, creating a sense of community and shared purpose such as: community service block cleanups, Camp Dreamcatcher community wide philanthropy (raising $10,000 - $20,000 per year), Greek Week and Homecoming events. More information on InterGreek Council programming and traditions can be found by visiting their website.
Fraternities and sororities were founded to support the academic mission, vision, and values of the host institution where a chapter is recognized. The Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life conducts a yearly assessment of its chapters in order to determine how the core values of individual fraternities and sororities support West Chester University. It is also the intention of the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life to evaluate its impact on the co-curricular experience at WCU.
Chapter Excellence Assessment Program
The assessment is composed of six different categories in which each chapter is evaluated. Each category has different criteria that are assigned point values. A score of 90 or higher in a specific category means the chapter is achieving the minimum standards set by the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The chapter that receives the highest point value in each of the categories below will get the Overall Excellence chapter award for that category. The Chapter Excellence Assessment program serves as the University’s annual assessment of our Fraternity and Sorority Community at WCU. Therefore, all WCU Fraternity & Sorority chapters must participate.
The core areas to be awarded for chapter standards of excellence are:
Chapter of the Year: A chapter that has achieved excellent scores in all six categories, a score of 90 or higher, exemplifies an ideal Fraternity or Sorority organization that supports the mission of West Chester University as well as fraternal standards. This overall recognition will be given to one fraternity and one sorority, regardless of governing council affiliation.
You can submit a nomination of a fraternity or sorority member for individual awards here.
CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Chapter Excellence Assessment Program Document
The 2015 Chapter Excellence Assessment Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 31st from 4pm-6pm in Sykes Ballrooms. All Chapter Excellence Awards will be distributed here and the accomplishments of chapters will also be highlighted.
**These three individual Awards for fraternity and sorority members will remain part of the University Leadership Awards process in the spring: Oustanding Faculty/Staff Advisor, Outstanding Fraternity Man of the Year and Outstanding Sorority Woman of the Year. Those applications will be available on March 1, 2016 and presented at the Student Leadership & Involvement Awards Ceremony on April 24, 2016.
The award winners for the 2015-2016 academic year are:
Charles W. Warner
Fraternity of the Year
Fraternity Man of the Year
Reginald Smith, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sorority Woman of the Year
Olivia Miller, Alpha Xi Delta
Peter C. Galloway Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year
Dr. Mary Houser, Alpha Xi Delta
The Fraternal Values Society exists to provide a home for the values based fraternity/sorority experience on our campus, to provide voice to the values movement. It creates a sustainable network for those who want their experience to be representative of the founding fraternal/ethical values of our organizations. Its mission is to illuminate the central values that guided the historical founding of general fraternities and sororities, and to incorporate these values into the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience.
The Society asks members to personalize these fraternal ideals in their daily lifelong membership experience. We address this mission through: