Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek life really all about?
Membership in a Greek letter organization is a lifetime obligation. Choosing the join the Greek community means living and working with a group of men and women whom share common goals and ideas. It also means you will be held to a higher standard than other college students. The Greek experience during the college years is a gateway to many rewards and connections later in life. Each of our chapters develops a special bond which we call brotherhood. It is nurtured through common work, service projects, intramural activities and the shared success and frustrations of all. Membership will be an unwritten bond of friendship no matter what course a young man's life takes.
Does everyone in the Greek community drink?
Alcohol abuse is inconsistent with both fraternity and sorority ideals. All fraternities and sororities at UW are expected to uphold state, county, and city laws, as well as university policies regarding the consumption of alcohol (to read these policies please refer to Governing Documents). Fraternities and sororities participate in dry social functions and recruitment events that allow students to interact in a friendly and safe environment. Drinking is a choice, and students who choose not to drink are not pressured to do so. Additionally, all chapters are required to undergo alcohol awareness training each year, which provides valuable information for members on how to consume alcohol safely and responsibly.
are members able to maintain a high grade point average (GPA) in the greek community?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedoms of college. The Greek community can assist students in their transition to becoming a successful University of Washington student. Being a member of the Greek community gives students access to a vast network of fellow Greeks studying similar subjects who can help to guide them scholastically. Each chapter at the UW also works hard to educate their members on campus resources such as study skill centers, computer labs, and libraries. It should also be noted that Greeks have consistently achieved a higher GPA than the all-undergraduate student body. Click here for listing of Past Grade Reports.
Does hazing still occur in fraternities?
In keeping with the University of Washington's commitment to a positive academic environment, UW unconditionally opposes any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Not only are acts of hazing against university policy, but it is also against state law. The Interfraternity Council also has a no tolerance policy for hazing and a judicial procedure to deal with any hazing allegations. Through educational programming, members are taught to respect each other. For more information or to read the UW and IFC policies regarding hazing, refer to the About and Governing Documents page.
Will working and going to school conflict with fraternity membership?
Actually, many students involved in the UW Greek community are also employed outside of the classroom. In today's world, the reality is that only the lucky few can afford to attend college without outside employment. Fraternities recognize that it is important for members to be able to meet their financial obligations. Working students can still take advantage of the opportunities available through the Greek community, and some may even qualify for Scholarships.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity?
A variety of individuals oversee the operations of fraternities at the University of Washington. Fraternity members elected to officer positions in each organization manage the day-to-day operations of the fraternity. These officers are assisted by members serving on committees and by alumni who act as advisors. In addition, each Greek organization at UW is associated with its national organization, which offers support, advice, and direction through a paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Professional staff from the University are also employed to assist and monitor the activities of Greek organizations, through organizations like the Intrafraternity Council.
How expensive is living in a Fraternity?
The cost of living in a fraternity house varies from chapter to chapter. However, the average cost of living in a fraternity house is comparable to (and typically less than) the cost of living in the residence halls on campus. Cost of living in a fraternity includes room and board, food, membership dues, and social events. For more details, visit Housing and Cost.