Office of Student Life
- University Center,
- Lower Level
- tel: 610-499-4411
- fax: 610-499-1275
- Assistant Dean
- for Student Life
- Director of Student Organizations
- Director of Student Engagement
- Administrative Secretary
Fraternity & Sorority Life
The Office of Student Life works with over 463 fraternity and sorority members here at Widener University.
Fraternity and Sorority Life chapters are values-based organizations that promote friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service. With 3 governing councils and 12 fraternities and sororities, including 4 culturally based organizations, fraternity and sorority life provides a unique opportunity for students to be a part of campus tradition that will last a lifetime! Fraternal organizations provide great mentoring opportunities and resources, as well as scholarships and access to employment. Members of our fraternities and sororities have a strong presence on campus and an even stronger one nationally.
Did you know the following facts* about our fraternities and sororities at Widener University?
- 19% of the Widener University student population is a fraternity or sorority member.
- At least 8% of Fraternity and Sorority Life members are involved in athletics, club sports, or the university band.
- At least 39% of Fraternity and Sorority Life members are executive board leaders of non-affiliated organizations, serve as Orientation Leaders, Pride Ambassador Tour Guides, Resident Assistants, Alternative Spring Break participants and Site Leaders, Student Government Association Executive Board and Senate members, and much more!
- 14% of Fraternity and Sorority Life members belong to honors societies, and 26% are dean’s list recipients.
- The Fraternity and Sorority Life community donated over $9,000 to charities and served over 6,000 hours of community service in the 2016–2017 academic year.
- The Fraternity and Sorority Life cumulative GPA is 3.1.
- The fraternity men’s cumulative GPA is higher than the all-men’s GPA.
*The above information is accurate as of Spring 2017
Councils & Chapters
Each fraternity and sorority chapter is governed by a council of elected peers. Each council provides learning experiences that support the development of each member within the fraternal community. Here at Widener University, the Fraternity and Sorority Life community strives for educational programming and leadership opportunities that focus on Scholarship Development, Services to Campus, Character Development, Risk Management, and New Member Development to comply with the cornerstones of founding fraternal values.
College Panhellenic Council (CPC) -- National Panhellenic Conference Women's Sororities
- Delta Phi Epsilon
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
Interfraternity Council (IFC) -- North-American Interfraternity Conference and International Men's Fraternities
- Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity
- Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
- Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
- Theta Chi Fraternity
Intercultural Greek Council (IGC) -- National Pan-Hellenic Council and Culturally Based Co-Ed Organizations
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc.
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Fraternal Leadership Honor Society
- Order of Omega
How to Join
Requirements to Join Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Watch the Affiliation Education video and complete the online quiz that comes after. You can take the quiz as many times as you need, but you must receive at least a 90% in one of your attempts.
- Must be enrolled full-time at Widener University main campus as an undergraduate student with at least 12 credits.
- Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA for the current semester in which you are requesting membership (each group may have a higher minimum requirement).
- Must not be on an active academic or judicial probation period. All academic or judicial probation periods must be concluded by the start of the semester in which you're interested in joining an organization.
- Must not have been initiated into another Inter/Nationally recognized general-fraternal organization.
- Must meet all additional requirements set forth by that specific governing council and/or the chapter in which you would like to join; including but not limited to registering for recruitment or intake during the semester you intend on joining or abiding by the Panhellenic MRABA policy.
Widener University students should only be affiliating with chapters and colonies which are on the campus and approved by the Office of Student Life. Students who choose to associate and/or affiliate themselves with a chapter at another campus, through a graduate/alumni chapter, or other means do so at their own risk and are not considered a part of our campus’ fraternity and sorority community. Students who assume this affiliation risk may be in violation of another institution or an organizational policy. This institution and its employees will not condone or assist students with the process for a non-Widener general Greek-lettered organization. Widener University and the Office of Student Life are not responsible for students who join organizations not chartered on our campus.
Joining a College Panhellenic Council (CPC) Women's Sorority
The Panhellenic Council Formal Recruitment Process takes place each Spring Semester in February. Outside of the Formal Recruitment Process, during the Fall semester (known as Informal Recruitment), 1-2 sororities usually host recruitment events in early September and October if they are under campus chapter total.
Joining an Intercultural Greek Council (IGC) Culturally Based Group
The Intake process for our multicultural groups in the Intercultural Greek Council have different requirements and processes from each other. Intake usually occurs in the Spring semester but can take place in the Fall. Most groups encourage men and women to observe current members and educate themselves on the history and philosophies of each group. There will be many programs throughout the academic year sponsored by the organization in which you should attend to get to know the group and find out more information. If interested in a specific group, you should attend a social or interest meeting advertised by the individual organization.
Joining an Interfraternity Council (IFC) Men's Fraternity
Each Interfraternity chapter holds its own recruitment events during both the Fall and Spring semester each year over a few scheduled weeks at the beginning of the semester. Interested men should look for flyers and upcoming recruitment events for more information.
It’s important to ask questions during the recruitment events and interest meetings to make sure that you find the right fit for you. Be sure to ask members what values the group holds, what are the benefits of membership, do they offer scholarships, and what is the cost of membership, along with any other questions you may have.
For more information or questions, please email us at FSL@widener.edu.
Standards for Members and Chapters
All chapters in each council are required to participate in the Widener University’s Fraternity & Sorority Life Points of Pride Standards and Accreditation Program. Points of Pride for general Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities serves as a chapter development process that allows Widener University to set consistent standards throughout all areas of chapter operations including Academic Excellence, Chapter Operations and Management, Leadership Development, Community and Civic Engagement, Campus and Council Involvement, and Health and Safety. The Fraternity & Sorority Life Points of Pride Standards and Accreditation Program was created from assessment data, conversation, and requirements of Inter/National Fraternal Organizations hosted at the University. The program aids Widener’s Fraternity & Sorority Life chapters in their efforts to remain accountable for their responsibilities in the continuation of the principles on which these organizations were founded and fosters growth within the fraternal community. These expectations help chart a course for the continued development of each chapter and its members; and serve as the University’s semester assessment of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Community.
The goals of the Points of Pride Standards and Accreditation Program include:
- To set basic chapter operation expectations between Widener University and its recognized chapters.
- To aid the chapters in their efforts to improve in the areas of Academic Excellence, Chapter Operations & Management, Leadership Development, Community & Civic Engagement, Campus & Council Involvement, and Health & Safety.
- To monitor, evaluate, provide feedback, and recognize these efforts.
- To identify chapters that may need additional support and guidance.
- To establish measurable outcomes on the progress of sororities and fraternities at Widener University.
The Fraternity & Sorority Life community at Widener University is committed to promoting an environment that fosters respect for the dignity and rights of all its community members. Each council and the Office of Student Life enforce policy through internal disciplinary procedures and the external prosecution of alleged offenders. Individuals who participate in acts of hazing will be held accountable under this policy, their inter/national organization policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and state law.
Widener University defines hazing to include any action that intentionally or recklessly causes or poses a substantial risk of harm to the mental or physical health or safety of one or more persons. Subjecting any person to and/or encouraging any person to commit an act that violates human dignity, the Student Code of Conduct, policies held by each inter/national organizations and governing bodies, or the law for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a group or organization is prohibited. The express or implied consent of participants or victims will not be a defense. The University will not tolerate any hazing activities by any individuals, groups, teams, or recognized student organizations.
Expansion is the formal process by which a national or international fraternity or sorority seeks to start a new chapter at Widener University with interest from a group of current students that are not currently affiliated with any Greek-lettered organization on campus. All students and national fraternal organizations are required to follow the Widener University Expansion Policy. If you have any questions regarding the Expansion Policy, please email us at FSL@widener.edu.