As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
On behalf of Western Carolina University's Department of Greek Student Engagement
and Development, Welcome to Catamount Country!
Greek Life plays an important role on the Western Carolina campus as well as throughout
North Carolina and beyond. Scholarship, Community Service, Philanthropic Work, Life-Long
Friendships, Leadership Development, Alumni Networking, and Brotherhood/Sisterhood
are the common fraternal principles of our chapters.
Being an active member of a collegiate fraternal organization will provide opportunities
for students to participate in activities that enhance personal development, promote
academic success, and advance leadership skills. We welcome and encourage our students
to take a look at the fraternities and sororities available at WCU.
March 1 Applications for Order of Omega New Members close @ 8:00 am
March 3 Order of Omega Executive meeting at 7:00 pm, General Body meeting at 7:30 pm
March 5 Order of Omega Apple Polishing Nominations Form opens; New Member Acceptance/Denial
emails sent out
March 6 Football Home
March 8 Order of Omega New Member responses due
March 9 Advising Day, No classes
March 13 Football Home
March 15 Order of Omega New Member money due
March 17 Presidents’ Meeting
March 20 Football away
March 27 Football away
April 1 No classes
April 2 Holiday
April 3 Football home
April 5 No classes
April 5 Order of Omega Apple Polishing Nominations due
April 7 Executive meeting @ 7:00 pm, General Body @ 7:30 pm (Initiations and Elections)
April 10 Football home
April 14 Order of Omega New Member Inductions
April 30 New Member Education closes
April 30 Deadline to update rosters
Explore our Frequently Asked Questions about Greek Student Engagement and Development
at Western Carolina University.
A Collegiate Fraternal "Greek" organization is a group of individuals bonded together
by common goals and values. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the
name consists of Greek letters; however, there are organizations whose names are not
solely made up of Greek letters.
These bonds are created through historical rituals. Rituals are a shared experience
between members of the fraternal organization. The more common language used when
referring to Greek-letter organizations are fraternities (for men) and sororities
(for women). These organizations have values and purpose that they work to instill
in their members through their everyday activities.
College fraternities and sororities were established to promote democratic self-government,
academic excellence, service to others, life-time friendships, and a home away from
home throughout the undergraduate experience.
The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development oversees the twenty-one fraternities
and sororities at Western Carolina University. The Greek Engagement staff provides
advisement, programming, and support to all of our fraternal organizations. The Department
is located in the AK Hinds University Center 334.
The fraternity and sorority experience is what you make it. Every chapter has different
requirements; however, each chapter generally has at least one meeting a week. It
is the expectation of many of our organizations that their members are active during
their undergraduate experience and after graduation. There are also many additional
opportunities to become involved within a chapter and with the Department of Greek
Student Engagement & Development.
It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school
in the state of North Carolina to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense.
Hazing is defined as follows: "to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school
group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group." Any violation of this shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor.
The financial obligations depend on the chapter fees and dues. For more information,
please contact a chapter representative.
The Departmentof Greek Student Engagement & Development team believes the following
expectations are best practices for being a successful and responsible collegiate
fraternal member and student. These expectations were created to set a standard of
high achievement for Greek letter organizations at WCU. These expectations are not
in place to penalize students but to challenge them to achieve at the highest level.
Understand your behavior has an effect and impact on the entire community - not just
yourself, your chapter, or your national organization. The entire fraternity & sororoity
community could be affected.
Individuals & chapters need to take responsibility for their own actions.
Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Conduct yourself appropriately and professionally.
Demonstrate self-respect and respect for others.
Engage with the greater WCU community.
Demonstrate responsibility and transparency in relation to finances, new member recruitment
and education, conduct, and social events.
Say something if you see something or know something that may negatively impact the
health or safety of yourself or others or to prevent crimes from occurring. Report
all matters to the necessary campus resources (e.g. sexual violence or misconduct,
hazing, substance abuse, mental health concerns, etc.).
Conduct yourself as if you are always wearing your letters.
Through our values-based programming and staff support, the members of fraternities
and sororities at WCU will gain an understanding of the impact of individual and organizational
actions, life-longconnectionswithin organizations and the largercommunity, an understanding and appreciation of identities different from their own, the ability
toadvocatefor self and others, a commitment to academicexcellence, an understanding ofself, and a sense ofbelonging.
Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by Greek Student
Engagement & Development will be able to:
Identify personal interests, values, strengths, and identities and use the attributes
to positively shape their communities at WCU and beyond.
Hone leadership and relationship-building skills and apply them to strengthen their
organizations and communities at WCU and beyond.
Articulate how their co-curricular involvement integrates with their personal and
Students will gain an understanding of the impact of individual and organizational
actions, life-long connections within organizations and the larger community, an understanding
and appreciation of identities different from their own, the ability to advocate for
self and others, a commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of self, and
a sense of belonging.
Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, there are several scholarships available to
support students who are active members of fraternities and sororities.
Many WCU fraternities and sororities have Chapter Houses on campus in the Village.
For over a decade, Greeks have had terrific living & learning experiences with modern
Houses managed by university staff. Learn More
334 AK Hinds University Center Cullowhee, NC 28723 828.227.3635 tel firstname.lastname@example.org