Join WU fraternity and sorority life

Joining Washburn's fraternity and sorority community offers numerous benefits. You'll develop essential leadership skills through self-governing chapters and involvement in campus activities. Academics are a priority, with support systems and scholarships available. Engage in meaningful community service and philanthropy, leaving a positive impact. Forge lifelong friendships within your chapter and the broader community. Benefit from a robust network of mentors for your college and professional journey. Plus, you'll enhance your social skills and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of social and athletic events, fostering wellness and teamwork.

New membership process

New member education for Alpha Delta consists of eight weeks of new member education classes that meet once per week, leading up to initiation. During that time, the new members learn about the history of Alpha Delta, our traditions, our values known as the 14 pearls, what it means to be a local fraternity and the structure of the Chapter.
Alpha Phi’s new member program consists of six weeks of lessons based on key concepts from our fraternity creed. Aside from the new member meetings once a week, new members will also go on one-on-one dates with older members to make genuine connections. At the end of the six-week program, new members will be paired with their big sister and be initiated into Alpha Phi.
Delta Gamma's New Member Pursuit is a ten-week program designed to acclimate new members into our chapter, to learn about Delta Gamma values, history, and tradition and to have a safe small-group environment where our newest members can build connections with one another. The experience is all about mentorship and friendship and lasts about one hour per week, not including the new member retreat and Big/Little reveal.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. has a new member process of 6 weeks. Before the process commences each Interest must attend the formal informational meeting. At the informational meeting Interests will be given direction on how to electronically connect to the organization's website and fill out the application. Upon approval of the application process, candidates will then be formally interviewed. After the interview process, interest will need to be able to attend the 13 mandatory meetings which are a part of the Membership Training Academy. Learning through Kappa Kore candidates will be informed on the Bond, Foundations of Brotherhood and Achievement. Throughout this process, interests will also be involved with study nights, community service, socials, etc. Upon completing the process candidates will be publicly announced as new members.
The pledging process for the Kappa Sigma fraternity consists of six weeks of pledge education classes that meet once a week leading up to initiation. During that time, the pledges learn about the history of Kappa Sigma, our values, our pillars, our by-laws and code of conduct, as well as the structure of the Chapter.
Phi Delta Theta has a traditional 8-week Phikeia Program where Phikeia (new members) will undergo eight education sessions based on our Fraternity's history, our cardinal principles and any other concepts from our fraternity. Apart from these Phikeia class meetings, we will also have our pledge father event (connecting you and an older member of the house), our alumni mentorship program (connecting you and an alumnus based on your career endeavors), as well as multiple required brotherhood events during the weekends. At the completion of these eight weeks, and the Phikeia represent our Fraternity well on campus, receive grades in par with the fraternity standard and exude our three cardinal principles, active members will begin to vote on initiation into the KS Beta chapter.
Sigma Lambda Gamma is a multicultural organization that does NOT participate in rush activities and instead hosts an ongoing recruitment process during both fall and spring semesters. Sigma Lambda Gamma’s New Member Education Program is called The Journey, which ranges from 6-8 weeks and is the equivalent to adding a one credit hour class to your schedule. Lessons focus on sorority knowledge, development of self-confidence, community engagement, bonding within the chapter, alumni and the ship (a group of people joining at the same time) and deepening our understanding of cultural awareness on various spectrums.

The Balanced Man Program 

Sigma: This is the first class that members will go through. This class teaches new members about the history of the chapter and its values. This class lasts eight weeks and requires at most two hours per week. 

Phi: This is the next class that brothers are in once they have passed the Sigma class. Phi is all about professional development as well as overall life development. This class is eight to twelve weeks and requires one to two hours per week. 

Epsilon: This is the third class that a brother can take part in after completing the Phi class. Epsilon involves more hands-on development such as putting together a workout plan, getting your resume reviewed by a professional and also participating in a 30-hour service project. This class is ideally only eight weeks long, but there is much more flexibility in the timeline. This class varies in terms of time commitments per week due to aspects such as the 30-hour service project.  

Brother Mentor: This is the final class of the members journey in Sigma Phi Epsilon. This class is all about preparing the brother for going out into the world and living life. This class also is mainly reliant on the brothers own pacing schedule but it should be ideally done within eight weeks as well.

Zeta Phi Beta's intake process is a six-week process. The first couple of weeks are intended to hold aspirant interviews, submit applications for membership and formal introduction with our graduate chapter. After you complete a four-week course study covering our history and participating in "Sisterhood projects:" socials, service, study nights, etc. Once completed, you are then publicly announced as a member of Zeta Phi Beta.
Zeta Tau Alpha's new member program consists of five weeks of lessons based on the first five key values from our fraternity creed. At the end of the new member meetings once a week, new members will also go on one-on-one dates with older initiated members to make genuine connections. The last week of the new member program, the new members will then be paired with their Big Sisters and then initiated. Once initiated, members go through two additional weeks of post-initiation lessons where they relearn information shared with them during initiation (the last two key values of our creed).

Advantages of becoming a member


The Washburn fraternity and sorority community fosters the development of advanced leaders. Each chapter is a self-governing organization that allows its members to hold leadership positions, which support the positive growth within the chapter. The Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community also challenges its members to become actively involved with faculty and staff, student organizations and clubs, athletics, and internship opportunities. At Washburn 85% of our fraternity and sorority community is involved in an organization outside of their fraternity or sorority. The development of these leadership skills is an important part of your education that helps prepare you for a successful career and personal life.


The fraternity and sorority community strongly supports the value of academics and the importance of a quality education. One of the primary goals of the fraternity and sorority community is to encourage and develop high academic achievement among its members. As a result the Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community continually achieves higher than the all campus grade point average. Each chapter in our fraternity and sorority community supports the academic development of its members through peer tutoring, study and academic programming, and academic advising. Academic scholarships are also available through many of our chapters.

Community Service & Philanthropy

This is a value that is truly important to the Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community. Each fraternity or sorority at Washburn focuses on a specific philanthropy and/or community service to support either locally or nationally. The time spent helping others in need through community work, fundraising, awareness, and education allows members to personally grow as individuals and promotes the bond within a chapter and our community. The Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community on average raises over $10,000 dollars and completes over 6,000 hours annually.


The principal of brotherhood and sisterhood is the foundation upon which each fraternity and sorority is built. This loyalty and friendship can help make your transition to college life a little easier, more enjoyable, and certainly more fun. The Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community focuses on the idea of community working together on many of the service projects, educational programming, and recruitment. Not only will you build the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood within your own chapter, but you will build bonds of friendship with the entire Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community.


Together with leadership and academic development, participation in the fraternity and sorority community helps create a network of mentors that will help you through your college years and professional career. Using the resources of the fraternity and sorority alumni, you’ll find support when you are looking for that new position or applying for graduate school.

Social Activities

Within the Washburn Fraternity and Sorority community you will have opportunities to learn the importance of social skills that are needed to succeed in today’s global world. Throughout the year a fraternity or sorority member may participate in many sponsored social events that emphasize community service, academics or just meeting new friends. The Fraternity and sorority community is also involved in major university events that are open to all students like the Washburn Lecture Series, Homecoming, athletic events, Greek Week and even events sponsored through each chapter like backyard barbeques, Sonic runs, dances, and spring formals.


Each fraternity and sorority has members who participate in a variety of the Washburn Athletic teams, as well as, participation in the intramurals program through the SRWC. These sponsored activities support the value of wellness, encourages healthy competition, and inspires team spirit, establishes extended friendships, and is fun for all involved.


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Office of Student Involvement & Development
Main Level, Memorial Union
1820 SW Jewell Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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(after 5 p.m. by appointment)
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