Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers college students unparalleled academic, community and leadership development experiences. While it is fashionable for the media to highlight negative stereotypes and focus on an occasional misdeed, the reality is membership remains a positive influence for individuals, colleges and communities. On an inter/national level, four associations oversee 101 fraternities and sororities with 750,000 undergraduate members at 12,000 chapters.
At WCU, over 30 fraternities and sororities offer a values-based experience to individuals that share a commitment to providing you an opportunity for:
A home away from home
Joining a fraternity or sorority helps you adjust to living away from home. The bond you will have with your fellow brothers and sisters will last a lifetime and it will provide an easy way to network.
Making the grades
Each fraternity and sorority provides some form of scholastic assistance, such as, study areas, tutoring, awards, study sessions and incentives such as scholarships, to challenge members to reach their full academic potential. Fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher grade point average than their non-Greek counterparts.
Members learn to work within these their chapter and positions within each chapter are elected to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training that prepares members for the demands and responsibilities needed for the future.
Giving back to the community
No other segment of the student population has dedicated more time and resources, or has raised more money for charity than the members of our fraternity and sorority community. From volunteering in elementary schools, to giving blood, to raising money for important causes, WCU fraternities and sororities prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.
For many students, the social component of membership helps to make college a more fulfilling experience. Fraternities and sororities provide a calendar of social activities including formals, homecoming, step shows, mixers, sing competitions, and other special events. Sororities and fraternities can offer more of a family atmosphere and go beyond ordinary friendships - often lasting a lifetime.
How to Join
The process of joining a fraternity or sorority is one of mutual selection. Fraternities and sororities use different means to acquaint themselves with interested students and to allow prospective members to learn about the organization. The process to join depends on the type of fraternity or sorority, which are categorized below by the governing council that oversees each different type.
While individual chapters may have additional requirements you must meet in order to receive an invitation to join, below are the basic requirements for all organizations:
- A fulltime WCU student (enrolled in at least 12 credits), having completed 12 WCU credits (or more) OR 24 transfer credits.
- Minimum WCU GPA of 2.50
- Complete the online Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Potential Member Orientation Module
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Potential Member Orientation Module
Step 1: Watch this Video https://youtu.be/bY05a8w68Xs
Step 2: Take this Quiz http://cglink.me/s22120
- You can take the quiz as many times as you need - INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO RETAKE THE QUIZ
- You must achieve a 100% (which is a total of 14 points, 2 points per question)
- Download a copy of your responses at the end of the quiz for your records
- Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
While each organization has different requirements and process, most NPHC & MGC groups encourage men and women to observe current members and educate themselves on the history and philosophies of each group. There will be many activities throughout the year sponsored by the organizations. Once a man or woman identifies the group he or she would like to belong to, he or she should attend a social or interest meeting sponsored by the organization. Note that most NPHC & MGC organizations require a standing college GPA and some require sophomore standing in order to apply for the intake process.
Information information and tips to keep in mind:
- Attend an interest session of organization you are interested in joining
- Each organization ranges in membership dues from $300.00 - $1000.00
- Meet the requirements of the National Organization you are seeking to join
For more information, visit the NPHC's or MGC's Ram Connect page and/or contact Elisa Oliver, the FSL Staff Advisor for NPHC and MGC.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC)
At the beginning of each semester, there are a number of informational and social events that take place where all chapters participate in to provide interested men the opportunity to meet active members from several fraternities. Chapters will also host several individual events during this time for potential members to attend and learn more about a particular fraternity in a more personalized setting. No registration fee is required and it is up to the student to decide which events to attend.
IFC's fall recruitment is now intended exclusively for upperclassmen and transfer students who meet the minimum requirements outlined above. Traditional first-year students will need to wait for the spring semester to go through the recruitment process.
Important information and tips to keep in mind:
- Attend individual chapter information sessions to learn more about individual groups
- Follow organizations on social media to learn more about events and programs
- Each organization ranges in membership dues from $250.00 - $450.00
- IFC Recruitment Contact:
For more information, visit IFC's RamConnect page and follow IFC on Instagram @ifcwcu
The Panhellenic Council (PHC)
Some Panhellenic organizations who have open spots will participate in an informal recruitment in the fall semester. Given the Deferred Recruitment decision, only upperclassmen and transfer students who have 12 or more WCU credits OR 24 transfer credits and a minimum WCU GPA of 2.5 are eligible to join in the fall semester. Informal recruitment is chapter-based, but PHC will advertise for these informal recruitment events on their social media pages. Traditional first-year students will need to wait for the spring semester to go through the recruitment process.
Spring 2021 Panhellenic Council Sorority Recruitment will take place virtually from January 20th-24th. Recruitment registration is now open. Register here!
Important information and tips to keep in mind:
- Register for recruitment, including payment of the registration fee
- Attend required programming for interested new members, hosted by the PHC
- Formal Recruitment will take place the weekend before classes begin in the spring semester. PNMs must attend all events.
- Each organization ranges in membership dues from $250.00 - $500.00
- PHC Recruitment Contact:
For more information, visit the PHC RamConnect page and follow PHC on Instagram @wcu_panhellenic
Questions regarding membership in an NPHC or MGC fraternity or sorority can be directed toElisa Oliver
and questions regarding membership in a PHC sorority or IFC fraternity can be directed toStephen Hopson