Frequently asked questions
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF JOINING A PANHELLENIC SORORITY?
Sororities provide an opportunity for an active and rewarding university experience focused on personal betterment while developing lifelong friendships. While each chapter is filled with different individuals and thus offers a different experience, all sororities facilitate student engagement in campus or community life. There are opportunities for academic support, growth, philanthropic activities, social events, mentorship, leadership, and lifelong friendship. The experience offers a lifetime of opportunity that extends well beyond University.
HOW MUCH TIME COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED TO JOIN A PANHELLENIC SORORITY?
Joining a sorority definitely helps you manage your time. There are many active members that balance part time jobs, a full course load, and Chapter commitments. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other scheduled events (philanthropic, initiation) throughout the year that are generally planned in advance to promote time management. That being said, the more you put into the experience, the more you will get out of it!
WILL JOINING A SORORITY NEGATIVELY AFFECT MY GRADE POINT AVERAGE?
The overall Panhellenic Sorority GPA last year was 3.0! There are many resources through joining a sorority, and between 60 sisters there is more likely than not someone who has taken that course, had that professor, or had a similar problem. You will have constant opportunities to reach out to sisters who want to help you succeed. We are all students first and foremost, and that is very important to each Chapter. The Greek System supports academic achievement through the honorary society Order of Omega and many sororities have local and international scholarships. Further, every sorority has a grade requirement to initiate, ranging from 70-80% out of high school or 2.5-2.7 for university students.
I’M CONCERNED ABOUT HAZING.
In 1977, at the National Panhellenic Conference, the “No-Hazing” policy was passed unanimously, binding all chapters of NPC fraternities to a policy of respect and dignity that absolutely forbids hazing of any kind. This is not only a Panhellenic rule, but also a University rule. The repercussions for hazing are very severe and we each do our very best to avoid any situations that make any members feel uncomfortable.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE?
The houses on our campus house between 4-12 girls, and you are welcome to be a part of this but you are not required to. It is, however, a wonderful opportunity to live close to school with a set of girls you have already built connections with. The house is open to all members every day to have a quiet place to study, somewhere to eat lunch, or a place crash after a late study session!
HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY A YEAR? I DON’T WANT TO BUY MY FRIENDS.
Each Chapter has a different amount for membership dues each year, ranging between $890-$1,031 for the year. This cost may sound rather alarming but you can break it down to a coffee a day. There are options for payment plans as well as scholarships to help you out financially. These dues go towards paying for many things such as social events, food, one-time fees, things for the house, etc! Come out to Chapter Pride Day to hear a break down for each Chapter!