What are the financial obligations of being in a sorority?
Each chapter is different, but most have national, local, social, housing, and membership dues that must be paid to remain in good standing. These typically cover the costs of membership, housing, meals, social events, utilities, cleaning, and other miscellaneous expenses. Typically, new members pay approximately $2,000-$3,000 each year as a live-out member. Live-in members pay approximately $7,000-$8,000 each year. Many houses have payment plans and want to work with members to find what is best for them and their families!
Is there a grade requirement for joining a sorority?
Again, every chapter is different! All of the chapters each have grade requirements that members are expected to maintain. However, individual chapters do not disclose their exact requirements. For those participating in Fall Formal Recruitment, the Panhellenic Association recommends a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for incoming freshmen and a 2.7 cumulative GPA for sophomores or transfer students.
What is a legacy and am I guaranteed a bid if I am a legacy?
A legacy can be defined differently from chapter to chapter, but is usually defined as a potential new member who is the sister, daughter, or granddaughter of an alumnae sorority member.
If you are a legacy, you are not guaranteed a bid to your legacy’s chapter. Each chapter will look at the potential new member during recruitment and will make the decision on what they think is best for the individual and their organization. It is always best to go through recruitment with an open mind!
What does my registration fee cover?
The registration fee will cover transportation, two Fall Formal Recruitment t-shirts that you will wear during Open House and Philanthropy rounds, meals during the week, and recruitment administrative expenses. You will be billed separately through Student Account Services for your early move-in fee.
What is the process for recommendation letters?
Recommendations are letters or statements from a sorority alumna recommending a Potential New Member for membership. The alumna member will provide a brief description of the prospective member and explain why that woman would be an asset to the specific chapter. It is also important to note that a recommendation does not guarantee a Potential New Member an invitation to events during recruitment week, nor does it guarantee membership in that sorority.
The University of Kansas has 12 nationally-recognized NPC-affiliated sororities that will participate in 2018 Fall Formal Recruitment. The recommendation process varies among the sororities, but alumnae will be familiar with their own sorority’s requirements. While it is common to send multiple recommendations to one sorority from separate alumnae, it is unnecessary to exceed more than two. Letters of Recommendation are not required to participate in Fall Formal Recruitment, however, some chapters do find it helpful in getting to know a woman.
Although there is no official deadline for when letters of recommendation must be received, all alumnae are encouraged to mail them directly to the addresses below no later than July 31 to ensure that they are received prior to the start of recruitment.
Am I guaranteed a bid if I go through recruitment?
KU has a low occurrence of women who are not matched to a chapter. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll match to a chapter for the whole week, if you participate in the Preference round (the last round of recruitment) and you maximize your options when you rank the chapters you visited that night, we will guarantee that you will become a member of one of those chapters.
What if I can’t make it to a recruitment round or I have to arrive late?
Our recruitment staff will work very hard to accommodate as many schedule conflicts as possible. However, with the amount of women that participate in Fall Formal Recruitment, we can’t manage them all. Conflicts we are used to scheduling around include band, cheer squad, and other KU activities. The more conflicts you have, the fewer times the chapters get to meet you and the harder it is for them to make decisions. If you know of any schedule conflicts ahead of time, please let us know in your online registration or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I bring to recruitment and what should I wear?
When you register for recruitment you will be provided with a guidebook that will give you ideas on what to wear on each day of recruitment. It will also tell you what to expect throughout the entire process. When you arrive at KU you’ll be given a recruitment bag full of things that will help you throughout the week and your recruitment counselors will always be prepared, so don’t worry!
Where do I stay during recruitment? Where will I eat?
Once you register for recruitment, your name will go on a list that will be submitted to the Department of Student Housing for early move-in. The cost for this will be billed through your Bursar’s account. They will be expecting you and have your keys ready to go!
For food, you will be provided with lunch and dinner on each day of recruitment at one of the campus cafeterias.
Move in: Sunday, August 12
Rounds: Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17
Bid Day: Saturday, August 18