Willamette University has a deferred recruitment process, hosting primary 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 an organization. Each fall semester, there is an informal recruitment process for returning and transfer students considering affiliation.
Willamette University has five nationally recognized fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Currently, none of our fraternities have on-campus housing. However, they all have meeting and gathering places on campus to host their regular events. Willamette University fraternities are governed by the Interfraternity Council. Each fraternity has regular philanthropic and social events.
Willamette University has two nationally recognized sororities, Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Phi, both of which have chapter houses on our campus. These sororities are governed by a national organization called the National Panhellenic Conference, which ensures equal opportunities, resources and guidelines for these organizations. Each sorority has a national and local philanthropy to whom they regularly commit funding and service hours.