There are many different types of sororities. The one we hear about the most is Panhellenic social sororities; however, they may not be the right fit for you. Greek organizations are a great way to meet people, become a better student, attend some kick-ass parties, and get involved in helping those in your community. That said, there are many options to consider. There are certain steps you should take to decide what type of sorority works for you and will better your college experience.
10. Research the options on your campus.
Before you do anything else, check out your college’s website. Go to the organization and Greek life pages and just search. Depending on the campus, you may find social, religious, major-specific, multicultural, local, or LGBTQ+ sororities. Some schools have a strong social Greek life scene. Others have only local Greek organizations. It really just depends on your campus, so starting with a search is the best place to start. If you don’t find an organization that seems like the right fit, you might even consider starting your own sorority!
9. Think about your interests.
Sororities can accommodate a variety of interests that you may have. There are major-specific sororities, such as my local sorority, Chi Theta Phi, pictured above. Chi Theta Phi focuses on design. We also have a science sorority on campus called Sigma Delta Omega. There are also co-ed organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi that focus on business, musical sororities like Sigma Alpha Iota and Kappa Kappa Psi, LGBT+ organizations like Gamma Rho Lambda, Alpha Pi Delta, Kappa Theta Epsilon, multicultural sororities like the Divine Nine, Kappa Delta Chi or Alpha Phi Gamma, and religious sororities like Delta Psi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Omega. There are even sororities for military members, college graduates, dancers, agriculture students, engineers, lawyers, mathematicians, aviators, artists, chemists, and so much more. So, if you don’t have something on your campus that fits your interests, look into starting a chapter of one of these organizations or an entirely new organization.
8. Get advice from family and friends.
Neither of my parents were involved in Greek life, but I had friends who had rushed so I turned to them for advice. You most likely have someone in your life as well that has been involved in Greek life, so ask around and get some other perspectives on the experience. Keep on checking out www.sororitylyfe.com to hear many different stories and experiences of sisters nationwide.
7. Talk to friends in the sororities you’re considering.
Many sororities have a no-communication policy immediately before and during recruitment. However, if you can, you should reach out beforehand and get a more personal view of the sorority you are considering.
6. Do some social media stalking.
If you’re interested in a sorority, check if they have an Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or website. Any of these types of social media can help you get a glimpse into the daily activities within the sorority such as Big/Little Reveal, philanthropy events, crafting nights, family nights, and study halls. You may find out they contribute to a charity organization you have volunteered at in the past, share certain values you do, or that they have sisterhood events you’d want to be a part of.