Frequently Asked Questions
How can I join a chapter?
Do I have to register/apply for recruitment, or should I just show up?
Does everyone get a bid?
The recruitment process allows Potential New Members (PNMs) and chapters to decide each others best fit. This process is referred to as “mutual selection” because the preferences of both PNMs and chapters are used to match women with their new homes. The truth is, not everyone finds a place to join or a match, but recruitment offers the opportunity for any women interested in joining a sorority the chance to do so.
How will I know which chapter is right for me?
Every chapter has their own mission statement, standards, and values that all their members strive to live by. In every chapter you will find the opportunity for lifetime friendships, personal growth, leadership experiences, scholarship, fun, philanthropic interests, and much more. Search around our Panhellenic website and that of each individual chapter’s to learn more about each one.
What if I discover the chapter I selected is wrong for me?
What is the new member process like?
Each sorority has its own new member process but all chapters at UC Davis follow a strict no hazing policy. Panhellenic specifically prohibits hazing and there are strong consequences for those who breach this rule. The purpose of the new member period is to educate the new Greek women on the particular organization’s values, history, and rituals while helping them to learn how to balance the commitment of being in a sorority with academics. These fun and interesting programs can last anywhere between a couple weeks to a few months, depending on the sorority.
How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
The cost of being in a sorority varies from chapter to chapter. During recruitment, you will receive the exact price per chapter and learn whether these costs are all inclusive or if they charge for each individual event that they put on (formals, pins, etc). The first quarter of joining a sorority is always the most expensive ($700-900), but consecutive quarters are drastically lowered ($300-500). However, each chapter offers payment plans and scholarships to help you afford the costs. You can also apply for outside scholarships and ones through Panhellenic to help pay your sorority fees.
Is it hard to balance sorority membership and academics?
Should I still go through recruitment if I am not a freshman?
What about other Greek-letter groups that are not Panhellenic organizations?
There are other organizations that women can join that are not Panhellenic sororities. These include cultural, local, professional, and service-based sororities. Sometimes these groups are associated with Panhellenic, but function in different ways. The best way to find out about these organizations is to ask their representative or a fraternity/sorority life advisor. You can also look at other organizations' social media and websites to find out more about them.