How do I prepare for recruitment?
Alt Although it is not the responsibility of the potential new member to submit recommendations (often called “rec’s” or “references”) and letters (a letter of support) to local reference chairs, it is in the potential new member’s interest to find various sorority alumni who are willing to write and submit recommendation and letters. Providing helpful information/materials to each of these alumna is important.
What do I need to provide?
The requirements for each sorority is different, but potential new members should be prepared to provide alumnae writing a Recommendation with:
• 1 to 3 color photographs (4 x 6 at least one close up and one full-length). Please put your name, high school, college and cell phone number on the back. Use labels to prevent bleeding on photos. As inexpensively as possible, secure good reproductions—on photo quality paper only. These do not have to be professional shots.
• Resume. List name, address, phone numbers (especially cell numbers), GPA, SAT score, family information, Greek affiliations, scholarship awards, high school awards/leadership positions, employment, community activities and college orientation dates.
• 1 high school transcript (should show SAT score—but, does not have to be official).
• Thank you note. Be sure to follow up with a thank you through the U.S. mail.
How many “rec’s” and letters are needed?
Again, each sorority is different but most often, only one (1) Recommendation (a “rec.” or a “reference”) is necessary; and, approximately 1-5 letters are suggested per sorority at your college. A listing of your college’s sororities will be on your college’s panhellenic website.The alumnae writing Recommendations and letters may include: family friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, doctors, church members and mentors. A listing of each sorority’s local reference chair is also provided for further assistance. It is never too early to provide this information. Some groups have early summer deadlines for fall and even spring recruitment.
Reminder: Each potential New Member must register with her collegiate phanhellenic in order to go through recruitment. You may also have to send additional photos, resumes, and transcripts to your college’s panhellenic association.
Am I required to have recommendations?
Some, but not all, NPC groups require references or letters of recommendation. It is up to the sorority members to find a recommendation for you. However, obtaining your own recommendations gives you the following advantages: A friend or acquaintance is more familiar with you and the recommendation will be more personal. This way you know you have obtained a recommendation for the sorority because you are not guaranteed a reference if you leave it to the local reference chairwomen and their committees. The local reference chairwomen want potential new members from Fort Worth and surrounding towns to pledge their sororities. Making sure you are registered with Fort Worth Area APH ensures they are aware of your interest in recruitment. Do not be afraid to publicize that you will be entering formal recruitment. It is a goal of all sorority women to keep the “Greek system” strong. Alumna that you may know casually or have lost touch with will usually be thrilled to help. Just ask!!!
Will my membership force my grades to suffer?
Sorority women take their grades very seriously. Scholarship is always a focus in chapter goal setting, and the women are always striving to have the highest GPA on campus. A certain GPA is required to remain a member in good standing and to maintain chapter and campus leadership positions.
What do I wear?
This is the most important question to most participants of recruitment!! Each college will provide you with guidelines specific to each day of parties. Ask your recruitment counselor or college Panhellenic representative for clarification. Many campuses will stage a “fashion show” to provide further understanding. Some will have the information posted on a recruitment website. You should receive this information from the college Panhellenic as soon as you register with them. This is another advantage of early registration. HINT: Recruitment is not a perfect system, and the women will have very little time to get to know you. Therefore, it is suggested that you dress as you would for a school, religious, or family party, not as you would if you were going out with your friends. The recruitment process can be compared to an interview, except the interview is being conducted two ways. Any distracting clothing and jewelry could move the focus from you to these items.
What will my financial obligations be?
This is a parent’s favorite question. Dues vary by university and sorority. Typically, the first semester includes new member and initiation fees along with regular dues and is therefore the most expensive semester. Your college Panhellenic should have more specific information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is well within your rights to determine what your financial obligations will be.
Why are girls I have talked to before, now only nodding and smiling at me?
Sorority members are not being rude or unfriendly; they are protecting the ideal of a fair formal recruitment. Every College Panhellenic has “silence” rules that restrict members from speaking with potential new members outside the recruitment parties. Women that you have known for years, even alumna, are under strict guidelines, particularly during the week of formal recruitment.
What is a legacy? If I’m not a legacy will it hurt my recruitment chances?
A legacy is usually defined as the sister, daughter, grand-daughter, or great-granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee placement in the particular legacied sorority. Not being affiliated with an NPC sorority will not impact your recruitment.
Why pledge now, as a freshman?
There are many advantages to pledge as soon as your first semester: Sororities tend to favor freshman because they can maintain their membership for four or more years. Freshmen have an advantage over upperclassmen on most campuses. There are some campuses that have a strict quota placed on the number of sophomores and juniors they can accept as new members. The sorority house gives you a home away from home. Your sorority sister can be a surrogate family or support network. You will have the privilege of this support network as you adjust to experiencing college life for the first time. Sororities provide a strong academic program for their new members. An officer responsible for your academic well-being typically oversees study hours. You will most likely gain instant access to upperclassmen in your major. In addition, if you are struggling with a course, you are likely to find sorority members who can help.
What if I’m an upperclassman, should I still participate in recruitment?
Absolutely. Although freshman will have a slight advantage, upperclassmen have a proven college scholastic record and organization participation. This is important to chapters ensuring their scholastic standing.
Should I be afraid that I will be mistreated (hazed) as a new member in a sorority?
No. Unfortunately, Greek members are portrayed very negatively in the media and in Hollywood today. The image of an exclusive party culture is exploited. Philanthropic, academic, and personal development activities are often overlooked. Greek members are more likely to have better GPA’s and act in leadership roles in their communities and college campuses. Greek life departments continue to support programs that educate young men and women on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as, date rape and other important issues. All NPC groups and universities have adopted a “no tolerance” approach to hazing violations. Abuse of any sorority member is immediately confronted, and the party involved is often stripped of their membership. Groups that frequently break the no-hazing policy are forced to remove their chapter from campus. NPC sororities adopted this strict policy many years before the heightened attention to it, and they have lead the rest of the Greek community in this direction.
How can I get any other questions I might have answered?
E-mail any questions to Fort Worth Panhellenic at firstname.lastname@example.org