Going Greek is a great way to have a more enriching university experience. You will meet a large variety people, many of whom will become lifelong friends. There are also plenty of opportunities to develop leadership skills, as each organization has a wide array of elected positions. You will also get the chance to give back to the community, since each organization has a charity that they actively sponsor, amongst other philanthropy events. Overall, Greek life is a great experience!
Recruitment happens at the start of Fall and Winter semesters. Each organization has their own events which you can attend to meet its members and learn more about the chapter. At the end of the recruitment process, if the chapter thinks you're a good match, you'll get a bid. You can choose to accept this bid to become a new member of the chapter. Learn more about recruitment.
No! We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with the law. Hazing is illegal! Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the fraternity and sorority community and the University; therefore, it is not tolerated.
Members of fraternities and sororities pay dues to their organizations that contribute directly to activities and associated supplies. It is not paying to be a member, but rather paying for the events you are attending, much like you would pay to attend a formal or event of any organization.
Yes! The Waterloo Greek community is very aware that a large portion of UW students are in a co-op program. If you are away on a co-op term, you can opt to be an inactive member. Each organization will have their individual policies regarding this.
No! You can join at any point of your academic career. Some people even join in fourth year! The advantage of joining earlier on, is that you will have more time to get the most out of Greek life.
Actually, it's quite likely that a fraternity/sorority will help your grades. When a student joins a fraternity or sorority, they become part of a larger group of students who can provide assistance in most of the courses you will be taking. Most of the organizations have resources in place that can help you achieve academically, such as a designated academic officer.
Some of the organizations have houses, while others do not. While you can live in them if you like, there is no requirement to.