FAQ - Recruitment
Am I required to have recommendations?
Not all NPC groups require references or letters of recommendation. It is up to the sorority members to find a recommendation for you. Making sure you are registered with McKinney Area Alumnae Panhellenic ensures the sororities 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. Alumnae 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 events. Ask your college Panhellenic representative for clarification as some will have the information posted on a recruitment website. 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 not dress 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?
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.
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 events. Women that you have known for years, even alumnae, 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, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee placement in that particular sorority. Not being affiliated with an NPC sorority will not impact your recruitment.
Why pledge 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. You will most likely gain instant access to upperclassmen in your major and if you are struggling with a course, you are likely to find sorority sisters who can help.
What if I’m an upperclassman?
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?
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 led the rest of the Greek community in this direction.
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