FAQ's About Sororities

Sororities offer an opportunity to women to grow in sisterhood, academics, leadership, and community service. When an individual joins a sorority, she is joining a college family. That family serves as a support system for the member's entire college career and throughout life.

 

Sorority Life Questions

What is the difference between PHA, NPHC, and Local sororities?

PHA is a representative governing body for most of the social sororities.

 

NPHC is the campus coordinating body of historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

 

Local sororities are chapters that have formed on the Missouri State campus and do not have a national organization.

How expensive is joining a sorority?

For Panhellenic sororities, a new member can expect to pay between $680-$1,019 their first semester and $415-$975 their second semester. You can find financial information for chapter dues and room and board on each chapter's page. 

In NPHC sororities, the cost of membership is much higher in the first semester due to initiation fees paid to the national organization. You can inquire about the cost with each NPHC chapter directly. 

Will I be hazed?

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity property, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The fraternity and sorority community at Missouri State, as well as each chapter's inter/national organization, does not condone or tolerate hazing.

If I don't drink alcohol will I still fit in?

Just because an individual joins a sorority does not mean that they must consume alcohol to be a part of the chapter. All chapters are required to register alcoholic events with the university and provide various safety measures to promote the safe and legal use of alcohol. The vast majority of fraternity and sorority events are non-alcoholic. 

How many hours a week will I participate in sorority activities?

Joining a sorority is a time commitment. The average amount of time you will spend will truly depend on your commitment to your respective chapter.  During your new member period, you will have new member meetings, special programs to attend, and other chapter activities. As an initiated member, the majority of your time will be spent in chapter meetings, studying, attending social activities, playing intramurals, participating in philanthropy events, and doing community service. What’s important to understand about a sorority is that you get out of it whatever it is that you put into it.

There are many organizations to get involved with at Missouri State, why should I join?

Missouri State University has more than 18,000 undergraduate students and a large university can be very intimidating.  As a sorority woman, you will have a close group of friends who can help you adjust to your new life, and help to make campus feel smaller right away! Sororities help members with academics, are made up of some of the most active individuals on campus, and can help you network within the campus community. In addition to these networking skills, sorority life will help you improve both your time management skills and your leadership skills, which are both very important in college and in the real world. No matter which sorority you choose, you will find a unique bond of friendship!

Who else can I ask questions of?

If you would like to receive more information you can contact the fraternity and sorority advisor, Kate Roessler by phone at 417-836-4386 or in the Office of Student Engagement which is located in Plaster Student Union Room 101.

 

Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Questions

Which Panhellenic sororities participate in Formal Recruitment?


Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Sigma Sigma participate in formal recruitment. 

What is formal recruitment and how does it work?

Formal Recruitment is a process that allows interested women to get to know each sorority chapter before deciding which organization is best for her. If you decide to go through Formal Recruitment, you will spend the first weekend of the fall semester visiting different chapters. To make the process easier, you will be assigned to a Pi Chi (Panhellenic Counselor). Pi Chis are sorority women that disaffiliate from their chapters during Recruitment week to help the women going through recruitment find the chapter that is best for the. These women will be with you throughout the week and they can answer any questions you may have about Recruitment or Fraternity and Sorority Life.

During Recruitment week, you will visit all 8 of the PHA sororities on campus and get to know women in each chapter. This will help you figure out the goals, values, and personality of each chapter on campus, and help you decide which chapter is best for you. Recruitment is a mutual selection process, so while you are deciding which chapters you feel most at home at, the women in each chapter are also trying to figure out which women best click with them. 

Are there sororities that do not participate in Formal Recruitment?

Yes, there is one Panhellenicsorority at Missouri State that does not participate in formal recruitment: Xi Omicron Iota. Xi Omicron Iota is a local chapter and does not participate in formal recruitment. Students who wish to find out more about joining this chapters should contact Lauren at lauren185@live.missouristate.edu.  

All of the NPHC sororities (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) do not participate in formal recruitment. Each chapter hosts intake once every one to two years. If you are interested in joining one of these chapters, you can contact them directly. 

How do I sign up for Recruitment?


You can register for recruitment HERE

What does the fee for Recruitment cover?

The fee that a potential member pays to participate in recruitment covers a processing fee, the cost of all space reservations, as well as other recruitment related costs. Each woman that participates in recruitment will receive two recruitment t-shirts and a dinner one day. 

Do I need letters of recommendation to go through Recruitment?

Letters of recommendation are not required to go through recruitment, but if you are able to get them our chapters would be happy to have them! Letters of recommendation are simply letters of reference written by an alumna of a sorority at Missouri State University. It is appropriate and highly encouraged for you to obtain your own letters of recommendation. You can begin this process by informing friends, teachers, and relatives that you are participating in formal recruitment at Missouri State. Visit our Legacies and Letters of Recommendation page for more information. 

What does it mean if I am a legacy?

You might be considered a legacy if your sister, mother, grandmother, or aunt was a member of a particular sorority. Each chapter has different policies about legacies in recruitment. Being a legacy to a chapter does not in any way guarantee you a bid or an invitation to any round of recruitment. However, chapters are aware if a PNM is a legacy and may consider this when choosing who to invite to parties.

Do I need to provide my own meals during Recruitment?

You will be able to use your on-campus meal plan and boomer meals during Recruitment in on breaks in between visits to houses. However, you may want to have a little breakfast in your room because you won't be sure when you will have breaks. We will also provide light snacks throughout the day. On Day 2 (Saturday), Panhellenic will provide pizza on our dinner break!

What are Pi Chi’s?

Pi Chis (Panhellenic Counselors) are women who have been chosen to disaffiliate from their specific chapters for the duration of Recruitment. Pi Chis are available to all potential members throughout the Recruitment process. Pi Chis are responsible for distributing schedules, answering questions, and being a confidante/friend for potential members.

Can I still be involved in other things on campus if I am in a sorority?

Absolutely! Sorority women are some of the most involved on Missouri State's campus, and many chapters require members to be involved in at least one other Student Organization. Missouri State offers hundreds of opportunities to get involved and Fraternity and Sorority Life is just a small part, but a great place to start!

What are my chances of getting a bid?

Bids are not guaranteed at any point during recruitment. We strongly encourage all PNMs to keep an open mind through the process. If you are nervous about receiving a bid it is best to talk with your Pi Chi. She can help you better understand the process.

What do I do if I go through Recruitment and decide sorority life is not for me?

You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in recruitment. You are encouraged to participate in recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about sorority life and meet new friends. You can withdraw from the process at any time by communicating with your Pi Chi, however we encourage you to complete the recruitment process. There are many wonderful opportunities to get involved at Missouri State outside of fraternity and sorority life!