PHA Recruitment FAQ
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Alpha Delta Pi
- Alpha Phi
- Chi Omega
- Delta Delta Delta
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- Kappa Kappa Gamma
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The University of Missouri has more than 35,000 students – and a large university can be very intimidating. As a sorority woman, you will have a close group of friends who can help you adjust to your new life at Mizzou, and help to make campus feel smaller right away! Sororities have very specific grade expectations for their members, and traditionally the All-Sorority average GPA has been higher than the All-Women’s GPA at Mizzou. Along with helping members with academics, the Greek community is made up of some of the most active individuals on campus, and can help you network within the campus community. In addition to these networking skills, sorority life will help you improve both your time management skills and your leadership skills,which are both very important in college and in the real world.
Joining a sorority is one of the greatest leadership and developmental experience a college woman can have! Each sorority encourages individual development by setting high ideals in leadership, scholarship, service to others, and social maturity. Memories of sorority experiences will be treasured for years after graduation, and many of the friendships created through each sisterhood will be cherished for a lifetime. No matter which sorority you choose, you will find a unique bond of friendship and you will be joining a group of women with whom you will be able to share laughter, dreams, and even tears. Above all, the lessons learned will remain in your heart forever!
A sorority is a fraternal organization for women. These groups of women are bonded together by their ritual which contains the founding principles, ideals and aspirations of each organization. As a lifetime member of a Greek organization, students are offered the chance to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on their academics and career preparation while being surrounded by a caring support network of peers and alumnae. With all of these advantages, also come expectations of membership. Sorority women are expected to commit to academic excellence, community service work, character development and to financial obligations of the respective organization.
Joining a Greek letter organization is a time commitment. The average amount of time you will spend will truly depend on your commitment to your respective chapter. During your new member period, you will have new member meetings, special programs to attend, and other chapter activities. As an initiated member, the majority of your time will be spent in chapter meetings, studying, attending social activities, playing intramural sports, participating in philanthropy events, and doing community service.
All of the sororities offer different incentives and opportunities through their membership. It really depends on what you are looking for in a sorority and what each has to offer your needs. The best way to find out which sorority is right for you is to go through Panhellenic Recruitment and to keep an open mind throughout the process.
It is HIGHLY recommended that women participating in formal recruitment or informal recruitment have at or above a 3.5 cumulative high school or college GPA at the time they are seeking membership. While scholastic standards is a component of the membership selection process, please note that meeting this minimum does not guarantee membership in a sorority.
- Green Light = Your options are not likely to be limited base on your GPA (3.5 +)
- Yellow Light = Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA (3.0-3.499)
- Red light = Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA (0-2.999)
Based on a 4.0 GPA Scale
At Mizzou, Formal Recruitment is a process that allows interested women to get to know each sorority chapter before deciding which organization is best for her. If you decide to go through Formal Recruitment, you will move into your residence hall or apartment a week before school starts in the Fall. To make the process easier, you will be assigned a group of Pi Chis (Panhellenic Counselors) who are sorority women disaffiliated from their chapters during Recruitment week. These women will be with you throughout the week and they can answer any questions you may have about Recruitment or Greek life.
During Recruitment week, you will visit 15 of the PHA sororities on campus and get to know women in each chapter. Each round of Recruitment consists of planned social events. For example, Sisterhood Day allows the sorority women to show their sense of humor with a skit, while Philanthropy Day focuses on each chapter’s philanthropy and community service work. These socials will help you figure out the goals, values, and personality of each chapter on campus, and help you decide which chapter is best for you. Keep in mind that Recruitment is a mutual selection process, so while you are deciding which chapters you feel most comfortable with, the women in each chapter are also trying to figure out which women would fit best into their sorority.
Yes! Sororities accept women of all academic class levels – as long as you are an undergraduate, full-time student on the Mizzou campus, you are eligible to join a sorority. Sorority life has many wonderful opportunities to offer to all college women. There is no reason for you to miss out on the experience because you are not a freshman. All undergraduate college women are encouraged to participate in Recruitment regardless of their year in college.
Yes, there are three sororities at Mizzou that are not part of the Panhellenic Association (PHA) and do not participate in Formal Recruitment. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi is a chapter that is an associate member of Panhellenic and does not participate in formal recruitment. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Sigma Gamma Rho are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and do not participate in PHA Formal Recruitment. Alpha Phi Gamma, Delta Xi Nu, and Lambda Theta Alpha are sororities within the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and do not participate in PHA Formal Recruitment. Students who wish to find out more about joining these chapters should contact the Office of Greek Life for more information.
The length of new member periods, like many other things, differ from chapter to chapter. The new member period can last anywhere from four weeks to an entire semester because each chapter has a different new member program. This is one of the questions you’ll have to be sure to ask while going through the Recruitment process!
A student’s financial aid is first used to pay for tuition and residence hall contracts. If a student has money left over, the university writes a refund check in the student’s name. That money can be used to pay for sorority fees or any other financial obligations. If a student moves into her chapter’s house, she may receive a larger refund check because she is no longer paying for dorm housing. In that case, the extra money could be used to pay housing expenses to the sorority. In addition, many chapters have local or national scholarship programs exclusively for members; you can ask each chapter for more information.
You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in Recruitment. You are encouraged to participate in Recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about sorority life and meet new friends. You can withdraw from the process at any time by working with your Pi Chi.
Letters of recommendation are letters written by a sorority alumna recommending you to her sorority. While recommendations are definitely appreciated by chapters, you are not responsible for securing them. It is actually a chapter’s responsibility to obtain one if they need more information. If you know an alumna, it is not uncommon to ask her if she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation to her sorority. Each chapter’s national organization has their own protocol for recommendation letters, so if you have any questions, encourage her to contact them for more information. Here are the websites of each organization for each chapter at Mizzou. Some sites are for members only. The best way for an alumnae to gain access (if they don’t already know) would be to call the national headquarters office and ask for log-in information.
If you are an alumna looking to write a letter of recommendation for a potential new member at Mizzou, please click the following links to access recommendation letter policies for your national organization.
The following is an average and a range for each category of dues (all fees are annual costs) from the 2014-2015 academic year
|New Member Fees||Active (Out-of-House)||Active (In-House)|
Please note: these numbers may be different for the upcoming academic year.
Panhellenic sororities are not for profit organizations, which means that they count on the dues of their members to function. All sorority finances are handled through the organization, not the university. Each chapter handles their finances differently. Some chapters split their payments into installments throughout the semester while other chapters have their dues paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the semester.
The items that are included in a member’s dues are also unique to each chapter. Some chapters include such items such as an activity fee, social fee, room, board, new member education, initiation fee and other fees in their dues. While other chapters have a base fee with a la cart fees through out the year. In addition chapters may handle their finances through the internet or through the Finance Chair of the chapter directly. Each chapter’s finances are as unique as the members in each chapter.
The fee that a potential member pays to participate in Recruitment covers room and board, a processing fee, and three Recruitment t-shirts that are given at check-in. By paying this fee and participating in Formal Recruitment, potential members get to move into the residence hall three days before other students.
Pi Chis (Panhellenic Counselors) are women who have been chosen to disaffiliate from their specific chapters for the duration of Recruitment. Pi Chis are available to all potential members so that they are well informed throughout the Recruitment process. Pi Chis are responsible for distributing schedules, answering questions, and being a confidante while a potential member is participating in Panhellenic Recruitment.
- On Monday through Thursday during Open House and Philanthropy Rounds, you will wear a provided unisex t-shirt. The cost of these t-shirts is included in the registration fee. You will sign up for your size when you register.
- On Friday during Sisterhood Round, the attire is slightly dressier, but comfort is still key! A skirt, casual sundress or pair of shorts is perfect. Just like the last two days, you will be walking all over Greek Town, so comfy shoes are a must!
- On Saturday during Preference Round, Dinner Party attire is appropriate; just keep it simple and classy. A dress, romper, or nice pants are great options. Saturday is the day to wear a fancier outfit with nice flats, wedges or heels. As always, wear something you feel comfortable and confident in!