Fraternity and Sorority Life has played an important role for undergraduate students for over 100 years at Washington University in St. Louis. Approximately 2,500 students are members of Greek organizations, making up 38% of the undergraduate population. We currently have recognized 22 chapters: 11 Interfraternity Council Chapters, 9 Women Panhellenic Association Chapters, and 2 National Pan-Hellenic City-Wide Chapters.
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is an aspect of college irreplaceable by any other student organization. The history found within the national Greek-lettered organizations hosted by the University serves as the foundation for what generations of Washington University students have acclaimed “the ultimate college experience.” The long-standing traditions, ritual, and founding values are the basis for brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership, involvement, responsibly citizenry, social interaction, and the pursuit of knowledge. While pursuing one’s college degree, the opportunities for personal growth are limitless as each member creates his/her Greek undergraduate experience.
Leadership and Involvement
Greek organizations encourage their members to become actively involved not only on chapter executive boards, but also with in the Greek governing councils, Student Union, residential life, varsity sports, and other campus organizations. As you look around campus, you’ll notice that many student leaders are also members of our fraternities and sororities.
Brotherhood and sisterhood are words that generate familiar images but are truly difficult to define. For each fraternity and sorority member, it means something different. The one commonality however, is that friendships built on fraternal bonds are life-long and forever cherished.
Academic and Personal Development
The Greek community requires their members to intentionally and successfully progress through his/her academic coursework. Each chapter supports the classroom experience by holding members accountable to specific academic standards, tutoring and mentoring members, and use of positive recognition programs as well. Because each chapter’s national organization requires that chapters submit academic reports for each member, Campus Life produces an analysis in the form of the Greek Scholarship Report every semester. Chapter grade point averages are incredibly high, with the all All-Greek GPA always rivaling and often exceeding the all student grade point average at Wash U.
Giving back to the larger community is a principle shared by all Greek organizations. Greek organizations sponsor a multitude of service events that either raise money for, or directly assist, agencies in need. Some events and agencies with which Greeks partner are Big Brothers of St. Louis, Operation Food Search, Lydia’s House, and Service First.
Though students have numerous academic commitments, a large part of college life is having fun with fellow students. Mixers, formal dances, date parties, and theme parties are just a few of the social events which Greeks plan for their members. Having the time to unwind responsibly can be as important as spending that extra hour studying for an exam.
Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society
Order of Omega recognizes the top 3% of Washington University’s Greek community, based on academic performance, chapter leadership & involvement, campus activities, and community service. The group sponsors Greek and campus-wide events. Students eligible for membership are welcomed into the order each semester and membership is restricted to juniors and seniors only.
The Zeta Tau Chapter of Order of Omega will accept applications in both the fall and spring semester. Current juniors and seniors can download the application once the recruitment period is opened and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the application process can also be sent to this email address. Please check back later for the application.