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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Prospective Members

Contact Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life  

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Address:
238 Sykes Student Union
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2117
Email: cjenkins@wcupa.edu

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Why Join

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, three 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.

Leading

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.

Have fun

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.

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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.

West Chester University announced switch to Deferred Recruitment! Beginning in Fall 2018, all Potential New Members will need a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 12 WCU Credits OR 24 transfer credits.

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, having completed 12 WCU credits (or more) OR 24 transfer credits. 
  • Minimum WCU GPA of 2.50. 

 The Black and Latino Greek Council (BLGC)

While each organization has different requirements and process, most BLGC 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 BLGC 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 BLGC's Ram Connect page. 

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.

Given the switch to Deferred Recruitment, 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:

Mike Trivelis

For more information, visit IFC's Ram Connect page.

The Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Given WCU's switch to Deferred Recruitment, the formal recruitment period will now take place in the spring semester. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment will be held the weekend before classes begin in the spring semester. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the Formal Recruitment Process. The final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapters events which are more formal in nature. After the Preference Parties, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to extend invitations to join to a maximum number of women, so a "bid matching" process determines which sorority each participant will join.

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. 

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

The following PHC sororities will be recruiting upperclassmen and transfer students this fall:

  • Delta Phi Epsilon - Contact Kat D'Angelo , Chapter President, for more information. 

PHC Recruitment Contact:

Elizabeth Boyce

For more information, visit the PHC RamConnect page. 

Questions regarding membership in a BLGC fraternity or sorority can be directed to

Cara Jenkins

and questions regarding membership in a PHC sorority or IFC fraternity can be directed to

Lexie Leone
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