Fraternities and sororities are the largest, most visible and most active values-based organizations on college campuses. We all share a common code of friendship, service, academic success, and leadership development. Every fraternity and sorority is guided by founding principles and values that serve as a moral beacon for its members.
Brotherhood and sisterhood are among the founding principles of all fraternities and sororities. The bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are life-long and cannot be broken. Joining a Greek-letter organization results in an extended family, both on-campus and across the nation.
The entire fraternity and sorority community collectively donates time, money, and effort to service projects. Each individual chapter also raises awareness and money for their own philanthropies throughout the year. On a national level, we are the largest network of young volunteers in the United States. We provide 10 million hours of volunteer service a year. We mentor at-risk students, raise funds for medical research, offer aid at senior citizen facilities, build homes for the poor and collect food for the homeless. Our emphasis on service learning prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.
Click here to find out more about CampDreamcatcher, the fraternity and sorority community joint-philanthropy program.
Our community promotes academic success through chapter-based scholarship programs. There is a minimum GPA for membership, and incentives encourage chapters to maintain a cumulative average higher than the all-university GPA. Fraternity men and sorority women consistently do better academically than the average WCU student.
For the spring 2013 semester, the fraternity and sorority community achieved the following:
70% earned a 3.00 GPA or higher for the spring 2013 semester
25% earned a 3.67 (Dean's List status) for the spring 2013 semester
5.8% earned a 4.00 for the spring 2013 semester
62% currently have a 3.00 or higher cumulative average at WCU
The average fraternity/sorority member at WCU earned a 3.21 GPA for the spring 2013 semester
Fraternities and sororities are the most successful leadership development program for college students. Financial management, conflict resolution, public relations, effective goal setting and basic democratic principles are everyday lessons for our members. Comprehensive leadership programs teach values-based management skills and members graduate with the management and interpersonal skills needed to excel in today's society.
Fraternities and sororities have existed at WCU since 1967. View the history of fraternity and sorority life.
Members of the WCU fraternity and sorority community participate in a wide variety of educational programming on such topics as leadership development, diversity initiatives, alcohol and other drug education, personal health, and career networking. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides direction in programming such as:
The InterGreek Council is responsible for providing community-wide programming that brings the different chapters together, creating a sense of community and shared purpose such as: community service block cleanups, Camp Dreamcatcher community wide philanthropy (raising $10,000 - $20,000 per year), Greek Week and Homecoming events. More information on InterGreek Council programming and traditions can be found by visiting their website.
Fraternities and sororities exist to support the academic mission, vision, and values of the University. The Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life conducts a yearly assessment of its chapters in order to determine how the core values of individual fraternities and sororities support West Chester University and how a chapter impacts on the co-curricular experience at WCU.
There are five essential areas that make up an outstanding chapter. These areas are: Scholarship Development, Chapter Development, Risk Management, New Member Development, and Service to the Campus. Each organization is asked to submit documentation for a set criterion in each of the areas previously mentioned. Each category has different criteria that are assigned point values. A score of 90 or higher in a specific category means the chapter is achieving the minimum standards and therefore, that chapter earns a star.
The award winners for the 2012-2013 academic year are:
The Fraternal Values Society exists to provide a home for the values based fraternity/sorority experience on our campus, to provide voice to the values movement. It creates a sustainable network for those who want their experience to be representative of the founding fraternal/ethical values of our organizations. Its mission is to illuminate the central values that guided the historical founding of general fraternities and sororities, and to incorporate these values into the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience.
The Society asks members to personalize these fraternal ideals in their daily lifelong membership experience. We address this mission through: