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 five fraternities at Willamette University: Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Chi.


There are four sororities on Willamette's campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, 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 unique culture of traditions and events. For more information visit the national website.


Three of the four 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 chapter 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.

Financial Responsibility

Every new and current member of a Sorority 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. Almost all of the chapters provide payment plans, and scholarships. Panhellenic Council awards scholarships semesterly.