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You, Your Student, and Greek Life

Greek Life at Wilmington College has a strong tradition of pride. Joining a Greek organization is a great experience, and can be one for you and your student, just like it has been for many students before. WC students and alumni take great pride in their brotherhood or sisterhood and wear their letters proudly, for life. It’s a great opprotunity to create and establish firendships that truley last a lifetime.

WC has 4 local sororities (local means only at WC), 1 regional sorority (region means located in surrounding areas), 1 national sorority (national means located across the country), 3 local fraternities, 1 regional fraternity, and 1 national fraternity.

5% of WC’s student body are members of Greek organizations

The first Greek organizations were founded over 100 years ago (1907), Gamma Phi Gamma Fraternity and Delta Omega Theta Sorority

During pledge season for any organization the new members (pledges, associates, etc.) will be learning not only about the organization itself, but about the active and alumni members as well. It is a learning process not only for the one’s who are trying to become new members, but for the active members as well. The desired outcome of the experience is a bonding and commitment to the organization’s mission and values.

Statistically, there are several outstanding outcomes from being Greek at WC… Greeks are more likely to graduate than non-Greek students, and to even be apart of the Greek community your student must have a 2.0 GPA or better to pledge, and some organizations require their members to have at least a 2.5, the average GPA of Greek students is above the gender average of non-Greeks. Greeks are committed to service to the community and philanthropy. In the past 8 years, Greeks (making up 15% of the student body) provided on average nearly 50% of WC’s total service and philanthropy including 41,224 hours of service to the community and $46,113 of philanthropy.

Some annual community service projects that most if not all of the Greek community is involved in include: Relay for Life, Cardboard Village, Can Sculpture (a food drive where all products are given to a local food pantry), Freshmen Move In Crew, and other numerous projects that each organization takes on independently.

Wilmington College has a strict Anti-Hazing Policy that all active and new members must sign and follow.

For more information contact the Director of Greek Life: Bud Lewis 937-481-2341

Glossary of Greek Life Terms

Active – a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.

Associate/Pledge – a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the new member program.

Bid – an invitation to join a fraternity or soroity.

Brother – a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.

Chapter – refers to an individual fraternity or sorority.

Fraternity – a Greek organization for men.

Greek – a member of a fraternity or sorority.

Greek Council – the coordinating body of fraternities.

Initiation/Cross – the traditional ritual that brings a new member to full membership.

Legacy – a perspective of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.

Local – a Greek organization that is only located at one campus

National – a Greek organization that is on campuses nation wide

Potential New Member/Perspective – a person interested in being a member of a chapter.

Regional – a Greek organization that is located on campuses in surrounding areas/states

Ritual/Activity – the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies.

Recruitment/Rush – the activity by which chapters seek new members.

Sister – a term used by sorority members when referring to each other.

Sorority – a Greek organization for women.