Insight for Parents and Family

Benefits of Joining a Fraternity or Sorority Organization

In addition to fraternity/sorority commitments, members of these organizations are active participants in campus life, serving as presidents, captains, or leaders in several clubs, teams, and organizations. Fraternities and sororities 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 fraternity or sorority can be a life-changing experience.


There are two fraternities at Willamette University: Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Chi.


There are two sororities on Willamette's campus: Alpha Phi and Alpha Chi Omega. 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 Panhellenic Conference.


All of the fraternities and sororities have on-campus meeting places for their regular meetings and events. Chapters can apply for on-campus housing if they meet university requirements. This campus housing is typically a residential floor and dining plans can be purchased.

Financial Responsibility

Every new and current member of a sorority or fraternity is required to pay dues. Dues are charged every semester of membership and are composed 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 each semester.

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