What can you tell me about Sorority life?
The first thing to know is that sororities and members are matched through a process called recruitment (your mother or grandmother may have called it rush). There are many types of recruitment, including formal, informal and continuous. The type of recruitment is determined by the campus. Depending on the type of recruitment, there may be applications, fees and deadlines. You should find information about recruitment on your school’s website.
Many campuses suggest, and some require, that young women registered for recruitment (who are often called Potential New Members or PNMs) obtain recommendations for each sorority on their campus. Even if recommendations are not required, they are a good idea because they introduce you to the sorority.
Don’t let this be daunting! It’s not hard to obtain recommendations – it just takes a little research, organization and time. Here’s what you do:
- Determine when recruitment will occur on your campus, the deadline for recommendations and the address(es) to which recommendations should be sent. Usually this information is found on the school’s website.
- Determine which sororities are on your campus. Usually this information is found on the school’s website.
- Determine whether any female relative and anyone else you know are members of those sororities. It’s a good idea to obtain a personal recommendation if possible. If you have a connection to an alumna, ask whether she will help you secure a recommendation to her sorority. She’ll be grateful if you share the information you found about deadlines and addresses.
- If there are sororities to which you do not have a connection, don’t worry! Most alumnae chapters have an officer who helps young women from the area obtain recommendations.
Here’s how DAP can help young women from the Denver area. We can provide you with contact information or you can find sorority alumnae contact information on our Chapter Websites page.
Information Requested for Recommendations
When requesting recommendations providing a short introduction of yourself and explanation of what you are looking for will be appreciated. If you also provide the information you found regarding deadlines and addresses, you’ll make the reference chairs job easier. Please also include the following information in your request.
Resume – be sure to include final high school GPA and class rank and college GPA (if any)
Picture – senior portraits work well, but any nice picture of yourself will do
Scholarship Information – be sure to list scholarships (if any) awarded to you
Parent information – please include full names and colleges/universities attended (if any)
Greek affiliations – please include Greek affiliations (if any) of relatives, especially mother, father, grandmothers, sisters and aunts
That’s it! The woman who will write your recommendation may contact you – please be sure to check your voicemail and email and respond promptly.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us or reach out to anyone you know who is a member of a sorority. Most alumnae will be delighted to help!
Please note: DAP can help with recommendations to National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities. DAP is not connected with National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Conference (NAPA), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. National Multicultural Greek Council, Inc. (NMGC), National Pan-Hellenic Conference, Inc. (NPHC), any honorary Greek organizations or any local Greek organizations.
On Sorority Life
I graduated from the University of Denver where I was initiated into my sorority. Being an alumna of my sorority is just as special and dear to my heart as it was when I was an undergraduate. Having the alumnae chapter, as well as Denver Area Panhellenic, allows me to continue bonding with my sisters of all ages and also to continue to grow as a person. The sorority has taught me so much about what is truly important in life and these ideas are continually reinforced through my alumnae activities. Having the alumnae chapter really has illustrated to me that being in a sorority is a lifetime commitment and a great addition to your life!
Hannah Katz, Delta Zeta
University of Denver, Chapter 2005