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Sororities are values-based social organizations that provide many opportunities to

Develop friendships

Attend social events

Succeed academically

Build professional skills

When you hear the word sorority, you probably have associations run through your head. Maybe you picture what you’ve seen in movies. Maybe you see women with Greek letters on their shirts walking around campus. You might envision women standing at a sorority house cheering about their sorority during recruitment. Whatever you imagine, sorority is so much more.

Members participate together in intramural activities, socials, sisterhood events and more.

Through these experiences, members grow close with chapter sisters and form bonds that last a lifetime.

Sororities were founded based on values. Today those values guide the programming and events each chapter hosts. Sororities are also social organizations. Chapters host socials and sisterhood events to create and deepen friendships.

Joining a sorority is an honor and a privilege, but it also comes with certain responsibilities.

Each sorority will have specific requirements for membership and these should be discussed during the recruitment process. Membership in a sorority has financial obligations and required attendance at certain chapter events. Some may have policies in place for living in a sorority house.

Sororities are designed to be environments that foster personal growth and friendship for women.

Each sorority and each chapter will share in similar values but also vary somewhat from one another. The philanthropy events, socials, sisterhoods and chapter meetings can be completely different depending on what university you attend. This variety is why there is a strong emphasis on participating in your campus’ primary recruitment. During this process, you will have the opportunity to meet members from each sorority on your campus. This is where you can ask questions about time commitments, dues, events and more. 

Once you have joined a sorority and participated in initiation, you become a lifelong member of that organization.

This lifetime membership grants you certain privileges such as professional development and networking, volunteer opportunities and more. Once you leave campus, alumnae membership can be very rewarding and can help you make connections with women around the world due to volunteering and involvement. This privilege of lifelong membership also has the stipulation of single-membership, meaning you may only ever initiate into one sorority. If you happen to transfer during your collegiate membership you may join another chapter of your initiated sorority at a different university. If the university you transfer to does not have your organization, you begin your alumnae membership. 

Joining a sorority is a personal decision and one that requires knowing what being a sorority member entails.

Before making your decision, you should do the proper research. Joining a sorority isn’t going to be right for everyone, and that’s okay! But the best way to find out is to go through recruitment.

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