Fraternity and Sorority Life has played an important role for undergraduate students for over 100 years at Washington University in St. Louis.
About 2,500 students are members of Fraternity/Sorority Life organizations, making up 35 percent of the undergraduate population. We currently have 24 recognized chapters: 11 Interfraternity Council Chapters, nine Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) Chapters, three National Pan-Hellenic City-Wide Chapters, and the Alpha Psi Lambda co-ed Latino Fraternity.
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is an aspect of college irreplaceable by any other student organization. The history found within sororities and fraternities serves as the foundation for what generations of Washington University students have acclaimed a high-impact college experience. The long-standing traditions, ritual, and founding values serve as the basis for brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership, involvement, responsible citizenship, social interaction, and the pursuit of knowledge. While pursuing one’s college degree, the opportunities for personal growth are plenty within the context of fraternity and sorority membership.
Leadership and Involvement
Fraternities and sororities encourage their members to become actively involved not only on chapter executive boards, but also with in 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 tangibly define as they mean something different for each sorority and fraternity member. The one commonality, however, is that friendships built on fraternal bonds are lifelong and forever cherished.
Academic and Personal Development
The sorority and fraternity community requires members to intentionally and successfully progress through their academic coursework. Each chapter supports the classroom experience by holding members accountable to specific academic standards, tutoring and mentoring members, and use of positive academic recognition programs. Because each chapterâ€™s national organization requires that chapters submit academic reports for each member, Campus Life produces an analysis in the form of a scholarship report every semester. Chapter grade point averages are incredibly high, with the all-community 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 fraternities and sororities. Organizations sponsor a multitude of service events that either raise money for, or directly assist, agencies in need. Some events and agencies with which chapters partner are Big Brothers of St. Louis, Operation Food Search, and Lydia’s House.
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 fraternities or sororities 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 Fraternity and Sorority community, based on academic performance, chapter leadership & involvement, campus activities, and community service. 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. Questions about the application process can also be sent to this email address. Please check back later for the application.