Frequently Asked Questions
Great Women Go Greek.
How Does Recruitment Work?
Recruitment consists of various events for PNMs (Potential New Members) and the sororities to interact and build relationships. Throughout, you learn about each organizations values, history, philanthropies, and sisterhood, as well as each organization's time commitment and financial obligations. Throughout this process, PNMs and chapters participate in a mutual selection process so you choose your organization just as much as they choose you!
Are Sororities Like the Ones in the Movies?
Each sorority is different. Carleton University is home to three different organizations, all of which contain unique characteristics and diverse women. The images portrayed on TV or in movies do not reflect the attitude of the sororities at Carleton. We stand for leadership, friendship, scholarship, charity, and social development. We do like to have fun and some of our sisters are "girly", but that is not all of us; we respect and cherish each others' differences and welcome you to experience our diversity yourself.
Does Everyone Get a Bid?
Recruitment is a process of mutual selection, and as such, there are many different outcomes to the process. You are not guaranteed to be asked to join a sorority, but every effort is made to provide opportunities for involvement to any young womxn who is interested in the sorority experience.
Will I Be Hazed?
NO! Carleton is a non-hazing campus; as well as all organizations contain a very strict non-hazing policy. Hazing is something we take very seriously at Carleton, as we want all our members to feel comfortable and welcomed. If you, at any give time, feel like you are being forced to do something you do not want to do (ex. consuming alcohol) please feel free to message the Panhellenic Council. Your sisters are someone you should want to be around, on your own will, and there is always someone to talk to if you feel the need!
What if my Friend Doesn't Get a Bid or Doesn't Join the Same Chapter as I Do?
That's perfectly O.K.! Many of our actives have friends outside of their organization, or the Greek community altogether. In fact, many Greek girls live with many girls of other affiliations and non-Greek girls. So, if the girls you meet before recruitment tend to be leaning toward another organization, don't let that stop you! After all, we're all friends! One of the benefits of being in a Panhellenic organization is the fostering of friendships between our organizations; we love and respect each other regardless of the letters on our sweater.
Do I Have to go to All of the Recruitment Events to Participate in Fall Formal Recruitment?
The goal of fall formal recruitment is to give you enough information and introduce you to as many people as possible in order for you to make choices about what opportunities you would like to get involved in at Carleton - therefore, it is in your best interest to attend all the events. The events have been planned to accommodate religious holidays and minimize conflict with classes and work schedules.
Am I Obligated to Join a Panhellenic Sorority if I Participate in Recruitment?
Going through recruitment does not mean you have to join a sorority. The object of recruitment is to meet all the different sororities on campus and see what they can offer you. Hopefully, you will meet some wonderful people and want to join, but if you feel sororities are not for you, then that's okay! Going through recruitment does not commit you to joining.
Is Recruitment for First-Year Students Only? Can I Join A Panhellenic Sorority If I'm An Upper-Year student?
YES! You are welcome to attend recruitment, regardless of your academic year! Sororities offer advantages for all university women, regardless of age or year in school. No matter what year you are in, these events will be enjoyable, interesting, and informative.
I'm An International Student; Can I Still Join a Panhellenic Sorority?
All women who are fully matriculated as undergraduate students, as defined by the college or university they attend, are welcome to join a sorority. International Students definitely do join sororities! Each Panhellenic organization has international students as a part of their sisterhoods.
How Will I Know Which Organization is the Right Fit for Me?
Each National Panhellenic Conference member group has its own mission, creed, and values that it lives by; however, overall, NPC organizations strive to provide members with friendship, opportunities for personal growth/development, and fun. In order to choose a chapter that is right for you, you should participate in recruitment, where you'll have the opportunity to meet members of all chapters on campus. The recruitment process will allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. As you go through the process, be sure to keep an open mind, take notes after each round to remember your conversations, and be yourself!
Can I Still Join A Sorority If I'm Involved in Other Campus Groups, Like a Sports Team or Club?
Athletes and members of other clubs and societies on campus are often members of sororities, and sorority women welcome the chance to go and support their sisters on the field, court, or at various events they're hosting. Once you join a sorority, you should inform your sorority of your commitment to your other extracurricular activities so that they can work with you and make special arrangements for any sorority events or obligations you might miss due to participation in another campus group!
What is the Sorority New Member Process Like?
Each sorority has its own new member education program. The purpose of a new member program is to educate a new member on her organization's values and its history. Typically, the programs are fun and interesting and lead up to initiation into the organization. This is something you will learn throughout the process of recruitment in more detail.
How Much Does it Cost to be a Member of a Sorority?
Like any organization, sororities require fees to put on great programs and activities for their members. However, unlike many clubs, sororities have various scholarships and payment plans to help in covering these costs. Ask the sorority members you meet during formal recruitment about what payment options are offered. Financial concerns should not keep any student from joining a sorority. Financial obligations range from sorority to sorority so be sure to ask at your various recruitment parties to receive more information! Please visit our Finances page for detailed breakdowns of each sorority's financial information.
I'm Non-Caucasian; Can I Still Join a Panhellenic Sorority?
Of course! Though it may appear that NPC sororities are primarily made up of Caucasian women, there are actually women of all races who are members of our organizations. We welcome women from all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and cultures.
What Should I Wear to Fall Recruitment?
There is no strict dress code for formal recruitment; you will see womxn wearing a range of outfits. The most important thing is to be comfortable and be you. However, there are event themes. The first day of recruitment is casual. Jeans with a nice, simple top would be an ideal choice for this party. From there, the events get progressively more formal. Preference, the final day of recruitment, is the most formal. Usually, women wear a sundress, skirt, or dress pants. Bid day is when sororities extend membership invitations to new members. Bid day is also a more casual dress code, as it is generally an exciting, long day. Wearing similar clothes as party one would be ideal for bid day, as well as comfortable shoes. Please remember that these are only suggestions, and you are welcome to wear whatever you like to Formal Recruitment; however, comfortable shoes are always a good idea!