Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
A: Financial obligations are different for each chapter but they are all comparable. Living in the house is usually the cheapest option compared to apartments and dorms. Sororities provide various scholarships as well as payment plans to assist their members. It is important to discuss financial information with your parent or guardian before committing to a chapter. You will receive financial information from each chapter during Phase C. Financial concerns should not keep women from participating in recruitment or her sorority.
Q: I am a legacy does that mean I am guaranteed a bid?
A: No! Each chapter has their own policy regarding legacies. Being a legacy to a chapter is helpful, but will not necessarily guarantee you a place in that chapter.
Q: Are letters of recommendation mandatory for women to go through the Recruitment process?
A: No! The Michigan State Panhellenic Council does not require letters of recommendation for women to participate in Recruitment. However, letters are welcome and encouraged if an alumna has a close relationship with the woman going through Recruitment. Letters and legacy information may be submitted by alumnae through their organization's national website, or, as appropriate, to the chapters on campus via the contact information provided on this website.
Q: Do I have to go to all recruitment events?
A: YES! The goal of recruitment is to get enough of information to make a decision as to what chapter you would like to join. Therefore it is best that you attend as many recruitment events as your schedule permits. If you miss a recruitment event without giving your Rho Gamma prior notice it will result in being withdrawn from recruitment.
Q: What if I have class and I need to miss a recruitment event?
A: If you have class or another university obligation it is absolutely necessary and acceptable to miss a recruitment event. If you have class you can notify your Rho Gamma and you can register your excuse on the recruitment website. If you do register your excuse chapters will be able to see that and may still invite you to the next round. If you are missing an event and have an excuse you should meet with your Rho Gamma prior to making your ranking for that round.
Q: How do sororities decide who to invite back to their events?
A: Recruitment is a mutual selection process. This means that potential members are able to rank the sororities they would most like to return to, and the chapters provide a list of potential members they would like to invite back. Those two lists are matched, and invitations to subsequent rounds of recruitment are extended.
Q: How much time does a sorority require?
A: On average, expect to contribute two to four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities such as holding an office, attending social events, playing on an intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will take additional time.
Q: What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
A: Women going through recruitment often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the recruitment process wanting to be in only one or a few certain sororities. Sorority membership is more than wearing certain letters. Don’t make decisions based on stereotypes, what you hear, or other’s opinions. Keep an open mind and make the decision that is right for you. Every chapter has something great to offer and it is important to keep an open mind and give each chapter a chance.
Q: How do I decide which sorority to join?
A: Only you know the answer to this question. Learn as much as you can about each chapter, get to know as many members as possible during the events and consider where you felt most at home. Consider which chapter will give you the scholarship, leadership and service opportunities you desire. Although your final preference decisions are important, you can be happy in almost any chapter on campus if you put forth the effort.
Q: Someone told me I’m guaranteed a bid should I believe her?
A: If a sorority member guarantees you a bid during any stage of recruitment there is no way she can possibly guarantee it. You should still keep an open mind and consider other sororities so you are not disappointed. If you are promised a verbal bid feel free to talk to your Rho Gamma to help your decision.