PHA: Life as a New Member

A Week in the Life of a New Sorority Woman

During the Recruitment process you may start thinking what a sorority will be like a day-to-day basis. Being a part of the Greek Community at Mizzou will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have a college.

Below is a general outline of what a week in the life a sorority woman might look like…

Monday

Today you will most likely have classes during the day with breaks for meals and studying. I n the evenings after dinner you will have individual chapter meetings (some are on Sunday evenings instead). It’s usually a good idea to plan on having your classes end before 4pm so you have time to change into chapter attire (usually business casual or “church” attire are expected) and eat dinner. Chapter usually lasts between 1-2 hours and goes over all the current information that is essential for members to know. It’s vital, and usually required, to attend these meetings every week.  

Tuesday-Thursday

During the week each chapter maintains a unique schedule.These days can include anything from sisterhood events, study hours, speakers or chapter committee meetings.

During your new member period, you will have a new member education meeting once a week in the evening where you will learn about your individual chapter and membership. The new member period lasts anywhere from 6 weeks to an entire semester. You may also be required to attend an All-Greek New Member education session.

Chapters try to keep their schedules flexible to avoid over programming their members. Once you become a member, there are many leadership opportunities and various activities you can partake in!

Friday-Sunday

Weekends for a Panhellenic woman are filled with fun events such as philanthropies, socials, and chapter functions! Some examples are participating in other chapters’ philanthropies, date parties, recruitment workshops, chapter retreats, big/little sister events, and Greek community wide events.

You will also have time to keep up with your studies. Most chapters will have minimum GPA requirements that you must maintain, so it’s important to plan out studying ahead of time and put sorority activities second! Managing your schedule is KEY to getting the most out of your chapter experience; if you plan your days accordingly and stay on top of your academics, you will only excel throughout your college career!

Other Helpful Information for New Members

During the first few weeks of membership, the woman is considered a new member. As mentioned before, the new member education period lasts six weeks and for others, it is as long as an entire semester.  New member programs are designed by the sorority headquarters and monitored by local leadership and alumnae who advise our chapters.

Hazing is not an aspect of Panhellenic life, nor tolerated at the University of Missouri. A new member can expect to participate in the same activities and have the same responsibilities as initiated members.

A member is also expected to…

  • Pay one-time new member fees along with paying your regular dues. This usually includes dues to (Inter)National Headquarters and your badge order.
  • Attend weekly new member meetings where you learn about the history and other important aspects of your sorority and Greek life.
  • Have weekly Chapter Meetings. They will either be on Sunday or Monday evenings after dinner. Some will ask their new members to attend, while others do not until becoming initiated. This is a time to go over regular chapter business and upcoming events.
  • May be required to meet study hour requirements. Sororities follow individual scholarship programs to help their members succeed, and study hours help structure their study habits.
  • Attend certain required chapter events such as philanthropy events, speakers, and others the chapter will partake in.
  • Be provided with a copy of the sorority policies and a calendar of events.
  • Be held to the standards of membership that the chapter has outlined. Every sorority has a set of bylaws and standards. When a member falls short or violates these policies she will be called in to a meeting with chapter leadership.
  • Be provided with a Big Sister to act as a mentor and help the new member get acquainted with the chapter, Greek Life, and campus.
  • Attend social events.
  • Be assisted in your academic success. All of our sororities have academic resources, support, and scholarships for members. The average sorority member has a higher GPA than the average Mizzou student.
  • Be provided help and structure to adjust to college life. College is a huge transition. Many worry that joining a sorority will only complicate it more—but this is not the case. Sorority structure focuses on the enhancement of college life and helping their members feel at home.

Financial Commitment of Membership

First Year/New Member
(Includes many one-time fees)
Active Member,
living IN HOUSE
Active Member,
living OUT OF HOUSE
**Data collected from 11 of 14 Mizzou PHA chapters active as of Spring 2012
Average $2,353.00 $7,278.00 $1,762.00
High $3,190.00 $9,560.00 $2,610.00
Low $1,835.00 $5,659.00 $1,240.00

Check out Life as an Initiated Member