Willamette University Greek Life has a rich, deep history. Willamette University has 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 four nationally recognized sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi. Three have chapter houses on our campus, and one is unhoused at this time. All four of these sororities are governed by a national umbrella organization called the National Panhellenic Conference who ensures equal opportunities, resources, and guidelines for all four organizations. Each sorority has a national and local philanthropy to whom they regularly commit funding and service hours.
Willamette University currently has five nationally recognized fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Currently, one fraternity has an on campus hall while the others do not have housing on campus. However, they all 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.