Seven fraternities and sororities comprise the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at Washington College. Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi and Zeta Tau Alpha make up the sororities on campus.
There are many benefits to becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority. Members are helped to succeed academically through GPA requirements. Philanthropy and collaboration create opportunities for members to reach out to the community. Finally, through social activities, personal connections, and events, members are able to create an atmosphere of sisterhood, brotherhood, and network personally and professionally.
How to Join
If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, there are some general requirements.
You’re eligible to join a fraternity or sorority at Washington College if:
- You’ve completed one semester at Washington College.
- You maintain a minimum GPA of 2.6
Hazing is prohibited per the College Honor Code, national fraternity/sorority headquarters policy, and Maryland state law. Consent to hazing is not an acceptable justification or legal defense.
Washington College seeks to promote a safe and secure environment where the rights and dignity of all community members are respected. New and initiated chapter members are provided with relevant hazing information and educational resources to eliminate its practice.
What is a legacy?
A Legacy is a Potential New Member (PNM) who has a parent, grandparent, or sibling who is/was a member of that fraternal organization while in college. Legacies may be given special consideration by the chapters that their family member(s) are affiliated with, but they are never guaranteed membership in that particular organization. At Washington College we reaffirm the statement that legacies are not given automatic invitations to become members. We suggest every person in recruitment have an open mind toward all of our fraternal organizations.
Each potential new member is considered on an individual basis; legacies are no more obligated to join a particular sorority than the sorority is obligated to pledge her. The potential new member and the sorority are looking for happiness and compatibility, not a family connection to the group. You will also be able to indicate your legacy status when you register.
Information for Parents
As a parent, it’s important to learn about the fraternities and sororities of interest to your child in order to help your child make the best decision when she enters into the Greek community. The following information should provide you with a better understanding of the sororities on the Washington College campus.