Fraternity and Sorority Life
The Greek Community strives for scholarship and the development of academic excellence among its members. All chapters at Washington College maintain academic requirements for membership and initiation.
In order to assure academic growth, chapters provide scholastic assistance in the form of study hours tutoring, scholarships and awards. As students make the transition from high school or other colleges, the Greek community will help you adjust to your new academic surrounds and provide the tools necessary for success. Each Greek member also has the opportunity to apply to the Order of Omega Honor Society.
Greeks at WC strive to benefit the College and the greater Chestertown community through community service. Each fraternity and sorority has a national philanthropy and several projects which range from donating time to raising funds for charitable or College causes to hands on experiences. Each of the organizations in the Greek Community have also adopted a Chestertown philanthropy. These relationships allow for the entire Greek community to come together and provide service to the Chestertown community. Giving to others is one of the most important experiences you will have as a fraternity or sorority member.
The social aspect of Greek Life offers students a break from the daily routine of classes and studying. Each chapter has its own social agenda; however, typical events include mixers, brotherhood/sisterhood events, formals, weekend retreats, alumni/ae reunions, and functions with other fraternities and sororities. In addition, Greek Week, Rush Week, and Faculty/Staff Wine and Cheese mixers, are just a few of the many social experiences you will have as a fraternity or sorority member. In addition, the Greek community actively participates in a wide variety of intramural sports.
Greek Life provides students with opportunities for leadership and problem-solving skills that are necessary in today’s society. Members can participate as a chapter officer or as a member of one of the committees that each chapter maintains. There are also opportunities for members to become actively involved in Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and other chartered student organizations. In addition, there are over 60 registered student organizations at WC, all providing leadership opportunities to Greeks. Fraternities and sororities encourage active participation in leadership experiences. Members find this to be an integral part of a well-rounded education.
Workshops are available at any time throughout the academic year and are open to any Washington College student who is interested in developing his/her leadership skills. Topics range from: Presentation Skills, Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking, Identifying Your Leadership Style, and many more.
Individual/Group Consultation and Mentoring
The Office of Student Engagement Programs staff is available to work with particular groups or individuals seeking to improve their individual leadership skills as well as the functioning of their organization. In the past, student organizations have taken advantage of this offering to address group issues such as listening, communication, trust building, and many others.