Willamette University Greek Life has a rich, deep history. Willamette does a deferred recruitment process, hosting formal recruitment events for first year students in the first few weeks of the spring semester each year. This allows time for first year students to get to know Willamette's campus prior to any affiliation with a Greek organization. Each fall semester, there is an informal recruitment process for returning and transfer students considering Greek affiliation.
Willamette University has three nationally recognized sororities: Delta Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, and Pi Beta Phi. All three have chapter houses on our campus and have had continuous successful recruitment for the past several years. All three of these sororities is governed by a national umbrella organization called the National Panhellenic Council who ensures equal opportunities, resources, and guidelines for all three organizations. Each sorority has a national and local philanthropy to whom they regularly commit funding and service hours.
Willamette University currently has four nationally recognized fraternities: Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. None of these fraternities currently have houses on campus, but have meeting and gathering places on and off campus to host their regular meetings. Willamette University fraternities are governed by the Interfraternity Council. Each fraternity has regular philanthropic and social events.