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Sorority life offers so much: friendship, leadership, service, social events and more! It is a home away from home for many young women. It is a place to grow and mature. It provides leadership development and philanthropic opportunities. Your sorority sisters become your support network. You can lean on them for help. You rely on them to get you through good times and bad. You support each other. And you change and grow to become a better person because of them. Joining a sorority is not only going to enrich your college experience; it's going to provide you with the foundation for a successful life after college.
- What is Greek Life?
- Is Sorority Life for You?
- Formal Recruitment
- How Much Does it Cost?
- Common Questions
What is Greek Life?
For over one hundred years, the sorority experience has enhanced the landscape of university life by contributing to the intellectual growth and social life of hundreds of thousands of women nationwide.
A tradition of sisterhood is something that each chapter shares. By making the decision to join a sorority, you instantly become a part of a worldwide network of women, available to you for the rest of your life. Sisterhood goes beyond the bonds of friendship. It creates a family of sisters that can help and guide you through the many stages you will experience during your college days and well after you graduate.
At Utah State, there are a variety of ways to get involved in clubs, organizations, student activities, and honor societies. Membership in a sorority will provide you with the foundation necessary to become a leader and a driving force for positive change on campus and in the community. Each sorority strives to create well-rounded women through leadership training, innovative programming and life-skill development.
Becoming a member of a Greek organization can provide its members various opportunities for academic excellence. From academic workshops to scholarship programs, each chapter expects members to be students first and provides recognition to top scholars and those who improve their academic standing.
Becoming a member of a sorority is much more than making friends. From the very inception of sororities, service and philanthropy have become the center of membership and providing leadership experience. While each sorority sponsors its own philanthropy events, the Greek community is quick to support them all because community service contributes to the greater good.
Is Sorority Life For You?
- Do you like to be involved in a wide variety of activities?
- Is high academic achievement important to you?
- Do you enjoy meeting new people?
- Do you enjoy volunteering?
- Do you enjoy mentoring others?
- Do you like to organize and direct events?
- Do you enjoy participating in athletics?
- Do you enjoy performing on stage in dance or theater?
- Do you want to learn in the classroom AND grow as a person with new life skills that will help you beyond your years in school?
- Do you like the idea of a life-long friends and a nation-wide network of alumnae?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you can find a home in a sorority. Every campus and every chapter is different, but sororities participate in all kinds of things from intramural activities, to short theater productions, to musical performances, and much more! On top of that, they host events to raise money for local and national charities and volunteer time with a wide variety of local agencies. And if you are elected to a leadership role, you'll basically be an officer on the board of a small corporation.
We're not saying that sorority life is right for everyone, everywhere. To see if it's a fit for you, try going through recruitment. You will meet a lot of new people and new friends -- and potential sorority sisters.
The information below pertains only to Sororities on campus belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference of which Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Delta are members. For recruitment information regarding Theta Nu Xi, USU's multicultural sorority, please visit http://www.thetanuxi.org
Sorority recruitment is a great experience. During recruitment you will meet new people on your campus and be exposed to a new opportunity for involvement. Here is some advice to help you through the recruitment process:
- Be yourself.
- Have genuine and honest conversations.
- Spend time really getting to know the members.
- Expose yourself to the chapter experience.
- Get insight into the value of membership.
- Seek accurate information from the college or university.
- Look for the group where you feel most comfortable.
- Keep an open mind.
- Trust the process.
- Have fun.
To guide you through your recruitment process, there will be a team of individuals that will help you find your way and answer any questions you may have
The Panhellenic Recruitment Team
This group of individuals consists of current sorority and staff members of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Recruitment Guides (AKA "Rho Gammas"), will help you during your recruitment experience. Even though these women are current members or alumnae of a particular organization, they have chosen not to be in their current chapter house during recruitment. They are available to help you find your place in the Utah State University Greek Community. Each of the participants will be assigned to a Rho Chi at the beginning of Formal Recruitment.
What to Wear
- Open Houses (Evening One and Two): Both of these evenings are casual events. All types of clothing are acceptable.
- Preference Party: During the last evening of recruitment, you will visit a maximum of two chapters. This party will last about one hour and will allow you to really get to know the chapter and to make your final choice. Attire is semi-formal. Skirts and dresses are appropriate.
- Bid Day: During this day, you will discover which chapter you will join. Casual attire is appropriate.
How Much Does It Cost?
(Figures below reflect the 2011-2012 academic year)
Alpha Chi Omega
|New Member Dues||$393.00|
|Active Member Dues||$521.00|
|Room & Board||$1,631|
|Facility User Fee*||$125 upfront or $75 for 3 semesters|
* Required of members who do not live in the house.
|New Member and Initiation Fees||$345.00 (first semester of membership)|
|Average fees for initiated members||$355.00 per semester|
|Facility Fee*||$25.00 per semester|
|Room & Board (Includes dinner Mon-Thu + all breakfasts)||$1,525.00 per semester|
* Required of members who do not live in the house.
Theta Nu Xi
|New Member Fees||$375.00|
|Active Member Fees||$180|
Amounts are subject to change. Figures are estimates.
Who is eligible for recruitment?
In order to be eligible to participate in sorority recruitment and join (affiliate with) a particular sorority, a woman must be a full-time student, enrolled at Utah State University. In addition, interested women must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA or a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
How do I register for recruitment?
Every women who wishes to affiliate, is REQUIRED to formally register for recruitment. You must complete this process and pay a $20.00 registration fee. Registration closes at 8:00pm on September 10, 2014 However, for planning purposes, please register earlier than that. One can register online at www.usu.edu/asusu/greeks.
Do I have to go to all of the recruitment events?
In order to be considered for membership, you must visit both houses before the conclusion of the second night.
What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
Sorority membership is more than wearing certain letters. Don't make decisions based on stereotypes and the opinion of others. Keep an open mind and make the decision that is right for you.