The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) has 26 sororities
. These member organizations offer member development and learning in five key areas: Positively affecting intellectual development, instilling values, developing leadership skills and abilities, developing positive relationships and developing citizenship through service and outreach.
Each sorority has its own creed or motto, stating the organization's values and beliefs, and all 26 NPC member sororities believe in the Panhellenic creed. The creed states:
We, as Undergraduate members of women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
Along with the creed, NPC has policies that its member organizations implement. One of these that matter to you as a potential new member is the Potential New Member's Bill of Rights, which states:
- The right to be treated as an individual
- The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process
- The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors and members
- The right to be treated with respect
- The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized
- The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers
- The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors
- The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors
- The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others
- The right to be fully informed about the NPC Unanimous Agreements implicit in the membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement (MRABA) signing process
- The right to make one's own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision
- The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and new member experience
When you go through recruitment, keep in mind the values of NPC sororities and look for ways to match your values with the women in the chapters you meet.