The Greek community has been an integral part of the UNCW culture for over 50 years. With their combined membership, fraternities and sororities constitute one of the largest student groups on campus.
UNCW Greek Community News
Kappa Delta sorority successfully established a new chapter at UNCW last year as sororities have seen tremendous growth in recent years. KD is the first new sorority at UNCW since Alpha Chi Omega started in the Fall of 2012. Delta Gamma is expecting to start in the Spring semester of 2018.
Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity began as a colony last Spring semester when they inducted 49 members. They become the second new fraternity to get established at UNCW in the last three years.
Chi Phi fraternity returned to campus two years ago and is the process of regaining their charter. They were were active from 1977 to 2005.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at UNCW gained national accolades for successfully having a new law written that restored due process protections for students. Following the improper suspension of SAE by the UNCW administration in 2012, the North Carolina Legislature passed a bill in 2013 to allow fraternities and sororities the right to have a lawyer represent them when interacting with campus administrators. Other states have since followed and it is being considered in many more. The new law is named the "Student and Administration Equality Act" but referred to as "The SAE Act". The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education took up the UNCW SAE cause to push for the legislation which has since been adopted in several other states. The chapter's charter was restored and the members were all reactivated. Click here to learn more details.
Pi Kappa Phi will be celebrating it's founding on campus as a local fraternity in 1964. They were the first fraternity chartered by a national organization.
Local Fraternities such as Sigma Gamma Mu have been common in the past at UNCW. Many of the UNCW fraternities started as a "local" fraternity before joining a national organization.
Seahawk Pride was shown again this past season when the student section for the games at Trask was filled with many Greeks. UNCW had a record of 25-8 in 2015-16 season and won the CAA championship. They defeated the College of Charleston to again win the title in 2016-17. Fraternities and sororities are always have a large number of members attend UNCW athletic events.
Recruitment practices vary for each Fraternity and Sorority. The most effective way to determine what each group offers is to contact an individual from one of the respective groups and inquire about their process for joining. Some require you register online while others do not.
The Benefit of Going Greek
The Greek experience creates strong relationships that go beyond ordinary friendships. The UNCW Greek community is extremely proud of its past history and equally excited about a growing future at one of the most popular universities in the nation.
The average number of students that typically join a fraternity or sorority on a college campus is around 10%. UNCW exceeds that national average with over 13% of the students belonging to a social Greek-letter organization. This independent website was created by a representative team of Greek alumni who were part of the fraternity and sorority experience at UNCW and desire to see that positive long-standing tradition continue in the future.
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National studies show that despite that fact that only a small percentage of the population ever joined a fraternity or sorority in college, the number of those in leadership roles later on in life are significantly higher. For example, over 75% of the 50 largest corporations in America are headed by Greek men and women.
While it can be easy to point to the negative stories about Greeks that grab headlines, research shows them in a different light. The Gallup Poll points to the advantages they found in a story named Fraternity and Sorority Membership Linked to Higher Well-Being for College Grads in research they conducted. The Wall Street Journal also came to the same conclusion when they looked into Greek life as they point out in a story entitlred Greek Life Shown to Be Linked to Real-Life Happiness.
Greek members also understand the importance of giving and on average donate more than four times as much to their respective universities as alumni than non-Greeks. This is a clear indicator of the positive experience they had by becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
There are a myriad of options when it comes to getting involved. Take the time to learn more about the different Greek-letter choices at UNCW to see if it is right for you.
The Different Greek-lettered Organizations
It can be confusing to understand the different organizations that use Greek letters. The term fraternity can often be used for single gender and co-ed fraternities and sororities. There are also a difference between a "social", "service" and "academic" fraternity.
This website is about the old-line traditional "social" fraternities and sororities which have been around for over 150 years. In addition UNCW has four (ΑΚΑ, ΑΦΑ, ΔΣΘ, ΖΦΒ) of the nine historically African American social fraternities that hold membership in the National Pan-Hellenic Council and there are other social fraternities and that are religious (ΣΑΩ) or culturally based.
There are also "service" fraternities that are co-ed and dedicated to philanthrophy and community service. Alpha Phi Omega is one of the largest service national fraternities and UNCW had a chapter from 1969 to 2007. There are currently no service fraternities at UNCW.
Business and Academic fraternities also use Greek letters and are devoted to their particular professional pursuit. UNCW has several of these fraternities such as ΑΕΔ (Healthcare), ΒΑΨ (Accounting) and ΧΣΑ (Student Affairs) as an example.
While most organizations disallow a member from joining more than one "social" fraternity, that doesn't prevent students from joining a social and business fraternity or other clubs on campus. Each organization has it's own set of rules for membership, but all have benefits from simply being involved.
"Whatever the letters - Greeks do it better!"