Fraternities and sororities are student organizations whose primary mission is the personal development of their members. Unlike most student organizations, membership in a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime affiliation; students receiving benefits of membership long after graduation.
Willamette University has a rich and proud history; for many years, fraternity and sororities nationwide have shared and contributed to this history. Social clubs and societies began developing as early as the 1850s. Local fraternities and sororities formed in the 1920s. Following World War II, President G. Herbert Smith invited national fraternities and sororities to affiliate with the local organizations at Willamette.
In 1984 Willamette and our fraternities and sororities definied the relationships between the two and formalized the University's commitment to our organizations and what the university expects in return. They crafted a letter that outlined those agreements.
Willamette's FSL chapters are committed to academic excellence, community service, leadership development, and forming lifelong friendship. FSL students at Willamette are active in a variety of student leadership positions, academic honor societies, NCAA athletics, and more.
Willamette is home to three national sororities (Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, & Pi Beta Phi), and five national fraternities (Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, & Sigma Chi).
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