Whether you’re looking for friendship and social connections, campus involvement outside of the classroom, or the support that a fraternity, sorority or social fellowship can provide, the Greek community at JWU offers an enriching experience.
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is about making lasting friendships, committing to a common set of ideals and enhancing your personal development. It’s also about being part of a brotherhood and sisterhood where individuals share common core values.
If you’re interested in learning more, do some research. Go online or talk to people who are involved in Greek life on campus. Observe JWU’s Greek community by attending events sponsored by the Greek organizations in which you’re interested. This will help you choose the one that's right for you.
Requirements for membership You must wait until your second term freshman year to participate in the recruitment process. To be eligible for membership, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled as a full-time student.
Formal Recruitment The Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PC) hold informational events throughout the fall. Open to all students, these events give prospective members the opportunity to get to know the organization and its members.
Formal Recruitment occurs in the winter and marks the first opportunity for freshmen to earn bids (formal invitations to become new members) to a particular fraternity or sorority:
Individual fraternities and sororities hold informal recruitment events in the fall and spring terms.
National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) and United Cultural Council (UCC) fraternities and sororities hold their own intake (membership selection) events throughout the year. Look for flyers on the various informational sessions or call the Office of Greek Life for more information.
As with IFC and PC, freshmen are not eligible to join NPHC and UCC fraternities, sororities, and social fellowships until the winter term.
Financial Commitment Every fraternity and sorority is self-supportive. Dues and fees are determined by each chapter and go towards chapter operating expenses. There may also be local chapter dues, as well as additional fees associated with recruitment, trips and events.
We encourage potential new members to research the financial costs of the organization in which they are interested. It is a very common topic of conversation and should not be an awkward question. Typically, the chapters will address this issue up front.
Average dues range from $300-800/year. Payment plans or chapter scholarships may be available.
If you have additional questions or would like more information, contact Matthew Gilsbach, assistant director, Greek life, at 401-598-2627.