College Panhellenic Council Questions
Aren't fraternities/sororities just like the ones that we see on television or in the movies?
No. Every fraternity and sorority is different and unique. Fraternities and sororities are not as they are depicted on TV, just as relationships and weddings are not as they are on TV. The best way to find out what fraternities and/or sororities are like is to go to a recruitment function to see for yourself.
If I go through recruitment, am I obligated to join?
No, many women choose to go through recruitment to meet people and make new friends. Recruitment is the opportunity for you to visit the sororities, get a glimpse of Greek life, and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the GC Greek experience.
How do the sororities decide who to invite back for each party?
Everyone who participates in recruitment has something to offer a sorority, but sororities must release some potential members, just as you will have to make a decision about some sororities. In deciding which potential members to invite back and which to release, every sorority has a democratic voting process. In other words, one or a few sorority women cannot assure a rushee that she will receive an invitation to the Preference Party or to the Sorority. Also, Sororities are not required to pledge their legacies.
What should I talk about at the Recruitment Events?
It is important for you to be yourself during recruitment, and let the conversation flow naturally. The sororities are presenting themselves to you just as you are presenting yourself to them. Asking questions is encouraged. During Ice Tea Events, you will probably talk about yourself (your summer, your high school activities, your intended major, where you are living, etc.). Do not be shy; the Sororities want to know about you. During Theme and Philanthropy Events, you will probably hear more about the Sorority so that you can make comparisons. Remember, everyone likes to talk to someone who is friendly, has comments to make, and questions to ask. Conversations turn a little more serious during Preference Events. Sororities want to be sure you know all about them. Prefs are your final opportunity to ask any last-minute questions. You will primarily be talking to one woman who will tell you what her sorority means to her.
What should I expect my recruitment days to be like?
Recruitment can definitely be tiring, both physically and emotionally since there is so much "rushing" around to different parties. However, it is really up to you to decide how positive a Recruitment experience you will have. Remember, a good attitude and an open mind are vital, as is getting your rest and eating healthy. Try to remember that even though small talk can become tedious and repetitive, every party is a new party. So, try to approach even the last party of the day with an open mind and a fresh attitude.
What if I have trouble choosing between sororities?
Difficult decisions are a very common dilemma. Potential members, however, should not look at this as a problem. Most women can be happy in any of the sororities on campus. Besides, you have to keep in mind that sororities are having to make decisions, too. Think carefully and look objectively at what each sorority has to offer you. A sorority should be a second home, a place where you feel totally comfortable and welcome. Your intuition, experiences at each party, and personal goals and desires should guide you in your decision making.
I am a legacy to a sorority -- is there anything special I should know?
Each potential member is considered on an individual basis; a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular sorority than the sorority is obligated to pledge her. The potential member and the sorority are looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group.
I have heard that sororities have various reputations -- how do I handle this information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is yours. Each chapter is different from campus to campus and from year to year. If you allow someone else's perceptions to influence you, then you may not feel satisfied with your choices during recruitment. Remember that each chapter is made up of many different women with different talents and qualities that compose the entire group. There are always rumors about any important event and recruitment is no exception. If you hear derogatory remarks about any sorority or any women in the group, please disregard those comments as inappropriate and antithetical to the Pan-Hellenic spirit. Any questions regarding rumors or inappropriate comments should be directed toward your Rho Chi or a Pan-Hellenic Executive Officer.
What if I only want to be a in a certain sorority?
Potential members often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the recruitment process only wanting to be in a certain sorority. Sorority membership is more than wearing certain Greek letters. It is giving your time and energy to the sorority, agreeing to abide by rules and regulations, and living up to high expectations. Don't make a decision based on stereotypes and other opinions. Keep an open mind and make a decision that is right for you.
What if I turn down a bid I receive?
If you receive a bid and decide not to accept it, you will not be able to participate in recruitment for one calendar year, and will not be able to participate in Continuous Open Bidding. However, we urge you to think carefully before making a decision to turning down a bid; emotions can temporarily cloud your thinking and judgment. Please give yourself and the sorority a chance before rejecting a bid.
Pan-Hellenic Council Questions
Interfraternity Council Questions
Don't Fraternities take up a lot of time?
Fraternity membership requires 2 to 8 hours a week. Whether planning a social event, a community service project, or a weekly meeting, fraternity members learn to manage their time wisely with other commitments like academic requirements, additional student organizations, and jobs. Students who are more engaged on campus tend to have higher grades.
What is Rush?
Fraternity Rush is a time when fraternities seek and recruit new men to join their organization. It is a time when men on campus have an opportunity to visit each fraternity and compare what each has to offer. Rush assists potential new members in the decision-making process and in finding the right fit.
What is Bid Day?
Bid day is when potential new members are offered invitations (bids) to join fraternities. It is not uncommon for some potential new members to get multiple bids and on occasion a potential new member may not receive a bid from any fraternity. If bid(s) are extended, this is when a decision has to be made on the part of the potential new member. To officially accept a bid, you will formally accept and sign your bid at locations designated by the individual fraternities.