Sorority Recruitment 101

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Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted on here- you can thank school for that- but today I’m super excited to be sharing the MOST highly requested blog post all about sorority recruitment! I’ll be sharing conversations tips, outfit suggestions, and answering a few questions about recruitment. Remember I am a Delta Gamma at the University of Houston so some logistics of recruitment I discuss in this post might not be the same for your school!

How to Control Your Nerves

I get it, this process can be extremely stressful.. but PLEASE don’t sweat it (literally)! I promise the active members in the sororities are just as nervous as you.. if not more nervous because they have to memorize songs and stuff like that! The sorority girls aren’t celebrities and they’re not superficial people.. they are normal college students just like you. Before every round, take some deep breaths and focus on being yourself. Talk to the women like you would your best friend, and everything else will fall into place. Also, it’s okay to tell the women you’re nervous, they will probably help control your nerves too!

Conversation DO’S

These are just come basic conversation pointers, but remember your conversations should be genuine. Don’t try to be someone you’re not!

  1. Education - Getting an education is the reason we are all here, so talking about it is a great recruitment point! Tell them your major, why you chose your school, what you plan to do with the education you receive and much more. Another great talking point is GPA if you’re comfortable with that. If you have a really high GPA maybe discuss how hard you worked for it and how education is a top priority to you. If your GPA is struggling maybe discuss how you have struggled in the past but are looking for sisters who will encourage you to work harder and keep you accountable for your grades!

  2. Volunteer Work - Every sorority has their own philanthropy (you will learn about it during recruitment) and each sorority also has a minimum of volunteer hours required. If volunteering is something you enjoy or are passionate about, definitely bring it up and talk about why you are looking forward to volunteering in your sorority experience!

  3. Interests/Hobbies - Everyone has different interests and hobbies, and discussing them during recruitment is a great way for the sorority to get to know you on a deeper level. Talk about what you enjoy doing in your free time and why! There are so many opportunities in a sorority to display your interests and talents and they want to know how your unique interests will benefit the chapter!

  4. Leadership - Sororities are student-led organizations, so there are many leadership opportunities within each chapter. Leadership qualities are something that every sorority is looking for during recruitment, so definitely discuss your past leadership experiences and your interest to hold a position! For example, I was cheer captain twice in High School so I talked about how organized I was and how much I enjoyed holding a leadership position- and now I’m a Vice President!

  5. Money - Money normally isn’t something you discuss when you first meet someone, but being in a sorority means paying dues! Ask the women you talk to how much their dues are, if there are any additional expenses, and if their chapter offers payment plans. It is important that you are able to pay dues as a member, so be as honest as possible when discussing your financials. Many chapters will explain how they help their members pay dues by offering payment plans or scholarship opportunities so for sure ask them about it!

  6. Time Commitment - Just like anything else, joining a sorority means adding another commitment to your life. Ask the women you talk to about the average time commitment per week for their chapter. Most chapters have mandatory meetings once or twice a week and other mandatory activities such as study hours, volunteer hours, and chapter events. If you are worried about having time for a sorority, ask the women how they balance their time between life and their sorority.

Conversation DONT’S

Again, don’t try to be someone you’re not during conversations, but here are some topics you probably should avoid discussing.

  1. Partying - Even if you know for a fact that the woman you are talking to parties, don’t bring it up. Recruitment is not the time to discuss getting intoxicated, you wouldn’t discuss partying during an interview either!

  2. Sorority Slander - Recruitment can be very competitive and can seem like the perfect time to talk down about other sororities, but it’s not! We should all be lifting each other up during recruitment because the main goal is for everyone to find their perfect home within the greek community. Even if you don’t like a certain sorority on campus, don’t use it as a talking point during recruitment. SIDE NOTE REGARDING GREEK RANK: First off, that website is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s cyber bullying and all of the information on that website is false. People who post comments on there clearly have nothing better to do with their lives than try to tear people down… so dumb!! Every sorority has their ups and downs, but I promise what you read on greek rank about each chapter is lies. Especially UH sororities, I have nothing mean to say about any of the women in my greek community. I genuinely care for them all and I encourage everyone to GO GREEK because the whole point of recruitment is to have women join our greek community as a whole. *mic drop

  3. Politics - I’m all for voicing your opinions and discussing your political views with people, but you don’t want to risk turning your recruitment conversation into a heated political debate. It’s best to keep politics out of the conversation.

  4. Boys/Fraternities - Yes, we all love em… but boys should not be conversation starters for recruitment. First off, you’re here to find you SISTERS not boy friends. Second, you never know who the woman you are talking to has dated or such. (p.s. at UH we are not allowed to even discuss fraternities so just avoid them overall!)

Sample Questions to Ask

  1. What is your philanthropy?

  2. Do you offer payment plans?

  3. How many service hours are required per semester?

  4. Where does your chapter volunteer at?

  5. How can I live in the house?

  6. How many study hours are required per semester?

  7. What do my dues pay for?

  8. What leadership positions are available?

  9. Do you offer scholarships?

  10. What are some events that you have every year (philanthropy, sisterhood etc.)?

Outfit Recommendations

At UH, you will be provided with a t-shirt for the first two days of recruitment, and then the last two days you will wear your own outfits. Here are some outfit recommendations for each day!

  1. Sisterhood Round

You will wear the t shirt provided with bottoms of your choice. For shoes, I recommend cute sandals or wedges but be comfy!

2. Philanthropy Round

Wear an outfit that you would wear to brunch paired with cute wedges or sandals.

3. Preference Round

Wear an outfit that you would wear to a banquet or nicer event.

How to Pick the Perfect Sorority for You

This sounds so cliche, but honestly the best way to find the perfect fit for you is to trust your heart and judgement. Do not let anyone else sway your opinion, not even your mom or best friend. I promise it will make all the difference if you go into recruitment with a complete open mind and focus on yourself and your values. If you feel like you’re talking to your best friend when you talk to a certain sorority, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll fit in. If a certain sorority’s values align with yours, there’s another align you’ll fit in. Don’t pick a sorority based off of their looks, instagram, or Greek Rank. Choose them based off of how YOU and YOU ALONE feel. Also, don’t be upset if you are dropped from a house you love during recruitment. Trust the process. Everyone ends up in the exact spot they’re supposed to, even if it may not seem like it at first. Again, another cliche saying but everything does happen for a reason and whatever house you end up with is where you’re meant to be.

Okay I think this is probably the longest post I’ve done.. so I think it’s time to end it! THANK YOU so much for reading, and if you have any other questions please leave them in the comments!