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How does recruitment work?
Recruitment practices vary from campus to campus. You should attend any recruitment information sessions, if they are available, or visit the Panhellenic office on your campus to find out the specifics of how your campus' recruitment process is set up. For more general information about recruitment, please visit the Recruitment 101 section of TheSororityLife website.
When can I join a sorority?
To join a sorority, you must be a fully matriculated undergraduate student, as defined by the college or university you attend. In order to become a member of a sorority, you must participate in a recruitment process where you’ll have the opportunity to meet members of different chapters on campus. The recruitment process will allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. Some campuses hold recruitment in the fall, while others hold recruitment in the spring. Be sure to check with the fraternity and sorority life office at your school so that you can be aware of deadlines and important dates.
Does everyone get a bid?
The purpose of the recruitment process is to allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. The reality is that not everybody who goes through recruitment finds a match, but every effort is made to provide opportunities for involvement to any young woman who is interested in the sorority experience.
I’m older than the average college student going through recruitment. Can I still go through recruitment?
It depends on the campus. At some campuses, non-traditional students are matched at a higher rate than other campuses. It depends on the number of women in the process and on the campus’ culture. You can reach out to the fraternity and sorority life office on your campus to ask specifically about the placement of non-traditional students.
I’m an international student who will only be in America for a semester. Can I still join a sorority?
All women who are fully matriculated as undergraduate students, as defined by the college or university they attend, are welcome to join a sorority. International students definitely do join sororities.
How will I know which group is right for me?
Each National Panhellenic Conference member organization has its own mission, creed and values that it lives by; however, overall, NPC organizations strive to provide members with friendship, opportunities for personal growth/development and fun. In order to choose a chapter that is right for you, you should participate in recruitment, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet members of all chapters on campus. The recruitment process will allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. As you go through the process, be sure to keep an open mind, take notes after each round to remember your conversations and be yourself!
I go to a community college. Can I join a sorority?
At this time, NPC sororities are only located at colleges and universities that have the authority to confer a bachelor’s degree. However, if you transfer to a four-year school, you can participate in the recruitment process at that time.
I’m a sophomore. Should I bother going through recruitment?
At some campuses, upperclassmen are matched at a higher rate than at other campuses. It depends on the number of women in the process and the campus culture. You should reach out to the fraternity and sorority life office on your campus to ask about the frequency of upperclass students participating in recruitment at your school.
Can I join a sorority if I’m going to be on a sports team?
Athletes are often members of sororities, and sorority women welcome the chance to go and support their sisters on the field or court. Once you join a sorority, you should inform them of your commitment to your sports team so that they can work with you and make special arrangements for any sorority events or obligations you might miss due to participation in a sports team.
What is the new member process like?
Each sorority has its own new member education program. The purpose of a new member program is to educate a new member on her organization’s values and history. Typically, the programs are fun and interesting and lead up to initiation into the organization.
How bad is the hazing?
Neither the National Panhellenic Conference nor any of the 26 member organizations of NPC condone hazing in any form. Each of the 26 member organizations have banned hazing in all of their chapters and have policies in place stating so. The NPC is a proud sponsor of HazingPrevention.org and National Hazing Prevention Week. If you have concerns about hazing, you should speak with the fraternity and sorority life office on your campus. Hazing can be reported anonymously at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293).
How hard is it to balance sorority life and academics?
Everyone is different when it comes to time management. You might talk to some of the sorority women on your campus to find out the time commitment required at each chapter. Many sorority women are able to manage sorority responsibilities, jobs or internships, academics and involvement in other campus organizations.
How does housing work?
There are different types of sorority “housing” on different campuses across the country. Those that offer true housing might have live-in policies that require members to live in the chapter house for a certain period of time. However, at many campuses, there are suites or lodges and women live in campus housing but have a designated space for sorority meetings and events. Other campuses might have designed campus housing for sorority chapters so that sorority members can live together even without a physical sorority house. It really depends on the campus, so you should check with the office of fraternity and sorority life to get more information about your school specifically.
How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
Being in a sorority is like all other membership organization and does require a payment of dues. This money is used to fund the operations, social events and programming for the chapter. It also allows the inter/national organization to continue to provide resources and support for the chapter. The costs of sorority membership vary from campus to campus and may be affected by the type of housing provided. Your fraternity and sorority life office on campus should have some basic information on the costs of belonging to a chapter at your school.
I’m non-Caucasian/multi-racial. Can I still join an NPC organization?
Though it may appear that NPC sororities are primarily made up of Caucasian women, there are actually women of all races who are members of our organizations.
What if I discover the sorority I’ve selected is the wrong one for me?
Once you’ve accepted a bid to a sorority, the new member process is designed to make sure you are ready to make a life-long commitment to an organization. This period normally lasts 6-8 weeks but depends on your organization. If before initiation you decide that you are not ready for the commitment, you can break your pledge from the organization. If you would like to participate in recruitment again, you can do so at the time of the next primary recruitment period. Once you have accepted a bid from an NPC organization, you must wait until the next primary recruitment period to be eligible to receive another bid from an NPC organization.
If you truly think that the sorority to which you received a bid is the wrong group for you, you should make that decision before you are initiated. Once you are initiated into an NPC organization, you are ineligible for membership in any other NPC organization for the rest of your life. Going through initiation is a way to show that you are ready for a life-long commitment to your group.
What should I do now to help me get into a sorority when I go to college?
If you want to start preparing before recruitment, do some research. Learn about the different organizations on your campus inter/nationally and locally to get a better idea of what each group represents. You can also use the resources that we provide. Like The Sorority Life on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Also be sure that you are signed up to receive The Sorority Life news!