We are so excited that your student has taken an interest in joining our community! Being a part of a community of strong, intelligent, passionate women. As a member of our Fraternity, your daughter is joining an organization dedicated to promoting high ideals of friendship, educational and cultural interests, a true sense of social responsibility and developing the best qualities of character.
We invite you to learn more about Delta Gamma's history and founding at Our Story and to flip through the Parent Guide below. It will introduce you to resources and information that will help you better understand the foundation of our organization.
To learn more, we invite you to read our Parent Guide.
Delta Gamma has a no tolerance hazing policy which we discuss in depth with the new members their first weeks in the house and throughout the year. By opening up discussion, not only on the physical policy, but on our attitudes about hazing, we are able to ensure that new members know they are in an environment where their safety and comfort are just as important as all our current members. Having a no tolerance policy means that every instance of inappropriate treatment is taken seriously, along with the prioritization of fostering a community mindset of respect and trust.
Parent FAQs for Joining Sorority Life
How many sororities are there at UW?
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is made up of 26 national or international sororities. We have 19 NPC groups on our campus and 1 affiliate group within our College Panhellenic Association. Delta Gamma is a part of the NPC.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or the Divine 9, is made up of 9 national historically African American fraternities and sororities. We currently have 3 NPHC women’s groups at the UW. NPHC does not participate in Panhellenic recruitment but you can learn more about their council and membership here: http://students.washington.edu/nphc/
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is made up of 12 local or national fraternities and sororities with cultural foundations. We currently have 7 women's organizations within MGC at the UW. UGC sororities do not participate in Panhellenic recruitment but you can learn more about their council and membership here: http://www.uwugc.org/
*As a note, while organizations within each council mentioned above has a religion or culture that they were founded upon, now all organizations are open to women of any faith, race, ethnicity, or background and we are proud to have a diverse community within each of our councils. What is most important is that you choose the council that best fits the membership experience you are looking for.
When can my daughter join a sorority?
Formal Fall recruitment (also known as Primary Recruitment) and Continuous Open Bidding (COB) are the ways to join The National Panhellenic Conference sororities at UW. This year, virtual Primary Recruitment will run from September 11-September 18. Women in any year of undergraduate education are eligible to be Recruited during this time, as well as during COB.
COB takes place for Sororities who are under Panhellenic total (median chapter size), allowing them to take new members up to the total if they choose. Not all sororities will participate in COB. This process is less structured, often composed of talking over coffee, a meal at the house or participation in sisterhood events. It is possible for COB to occur every quarter during the school year.
What are the requirements to join a sorority?
To go through recruitment, you have to be an undergraduate, fully matriculated student at the Seattle Campus. The National Panhellenic Conference does not allow individual collegiate Panhellenic sororities to set a minimum GPA for potential new members to participate in Recruitment, although individual chapters do have GPA requirements for membership, which vary from chapter to chapter.
Does my daughter have to live in the house?
Typically, the women of Delta Gamma live in the chapter facilities for three years. This includes our main house, located on 21st and 45th street, and our Annex, located on 18th street. The incoming member class typically moves in on Bid Day. However, due to this year's circumstances and COVID-19, the full new member class will not be moving into the main house on Bid Day. We are able to house a limited number of the new member class. It is likely that the full member class will be asked to move in when it is safe to house more women, following local guidelines.
Will joining a sorority affect my daughter’s grades?
Delta Gamma Beta Chapter has many resources to help us remember that we are students first. Our Peer Mentor program helps women throughout our chapter guide and assists other members who may want help with a certain subject or advice about majors,minors and classes. In the Fall quarter of 2019, Delta Gamma was #1 in grades with a GPA of 3.57 with 90 out of 136 women on Dean’s list. The all Sorority average GPA in Fall 2019 was 3.48 and the all Greek average GPA was 3.46. The All Undergraduate average GPA in Fall 2019 was a 3.37.
Letter from the Chapter President
Three years ago, when I was considering going through recruitment, I was unsure if I would thrive in the Greek community. Ultimately, I decided to try it out because I wanted to make friends and be a part of an organization with strong values. Looking back, my experience in sorority life has exceeded my expectations in every way. Delta Gamma has given me life-long friendships and some of the fondest memories of my college experience. The genuine support I’ve received through academics, professional development, philanthropy, and social activities is incomparable.
Delta Gamma’s motto is “Do Good” and I see members of Beta chapter embody this every day. One of our proudest achievements is hosting our annual philanthropy event, Anchor Splash. In spring of 2019, this event raised $86,000 for Service for Sight, our national organization that provides resources to vision-impaired individuals. We also completed over 2,000 volunteer hours throughout the Seattle area and nationwide.
There is something truly special about this chapter. These girls have celebrated with me through life’s highs and comforted me in its lows. Delta Gamma has become my home and has kept me “anchored”. I encourage you to view our website for a glimpse into our sisterhood, history, and opportunities. We are grateful to be a part of the Greek community and attend the University of Washington!