How Do I Join a Sorority?

Registration for Primary Recruitment has closed. To participate in Continuous Open Recruitment, fill out our interest form and check out individual chapter websites here.  Some chapters will host a variety of events throughout the semester and have opportunities for new members to join the sorority community.

 

What Is Recruitment?

Recruitment is the process that individuals interested in joining a sorority participate in before being extended an invitation for membership. It provides an opportunity to meet the sorority community, learn about each chapter, and ask about things you value. At MIT, we provide options for both Primary Recruitment and Continuous Open Recruitment (COR).

What Is Primary Recruitment?

 

2020 Primary Recruitment occurs on weekends between September 5th and September 20th. You will be introduced to all chapters during the Primary Recruitment process, guided by your recruitment counselor. Your recruitment counselor will plan your schedule with you based on your time zone and availability.

What Is Continuous Open Recruitment (COR)?

 

Continuous Open Recruitment (COR) begins after Primary Recruitment and is slightly different for each chapter that participates. It may include some combination of coffee chats and events for you to get to know the chapter and for the chapter to get to know you. Check out individual chapter websites and fill out our interest form to learn about COR recruitment opportunities.

What Is a Recruitment Counselor?

 

Once you register for Primary Recruitment, your Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor (PRC) will reach out to you! Your PRC is an undergraduate member of MIT Panhellenic, and they will guide you through the Primary Recruitment process. They are your support system and your first point of contact for any questions you might have.

Who Is Eligible to Join a Sorority?

 

The MIT Panhellenic Association is dedicated to the advancement of womanhood and is inclusive of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

To be eligible, you must satisfy two requirements:

  • You are a registered undergraduate student at MIT, in any year.

  • You identify as a woman (cis or trans) or gender-nonconforming person.

 

We encourage, accept, and support anyone who desires to go through recruitment and meets these requirements. You may read our inclusivity statement here. If you have questions about eligibility, please email panhel-exec@mit.edu.

Are There Requirements for Recruitment?

 

Here is a list of things you need to go through recruitment:

  • A way to communicate with members virtually.

    • Recommended: a laptop with a video camera

    • Accepted: a laptop without a video camera

    • Accepted: a phone that can make calls

  • Clothing that makes you feel good.

    • This can be your favorite sweatpants and hoodie

    • This can be your favorite graphic tee

    • This can be your favorite scarf and sweater combo

    • This can be your favorite formal wear

    • This can be whatever clothes you want to wear

 

Here is a list of things you do NOT need to go through recruitment:

  • Money for a registration fee

  • A specific uniform

  • Recommendation letters

  • To know someone in a sorority

How Much Does Recruitment Cost?

 

MIT Panhellenic is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and lowering barriers to access. As a result, there is no cost associated with recruitment.

What Is Virtual Recruitment Like?

 

2020 Primary Recruitment is a two-and-a-half-week process, starting on September 5th. The bulk of time commitment occurs during three consecutive weekends. During Primary Recruitment, you get the chance to meet each of our chapters over Zoom. 

A Primary Recruitment event, which we often call a "party" (since they’re so fun!) is likely to be a Zoom call with breakout rooms, presentations, or videos. Each chapter is unique, and each Zoom call will be, too! At minimum, you can expect to log into a specific Zoom link that will be given to you by your recruitment counselor ahead of your scheduled time.

 

Both Primary and Continuous Open Recruitment (COR) are conversation-based experiences where you get to meet current members of our sorority chapters! We focus on having conversations that allow you to share your passions, values, and interests. While we won’t be in person this year, we will apply this same spirit virtually!

Will I Have Time for Recruitment and Classes?

 

Yes! MIT Panhellenic community has designed Primary Recruitment this year to be a minimal time commitment spread across multiple weekends to accommodate most schedules and situations. You have the agency to create a schedule that works for you, and your recruitment counselor will help you do that. Feel free to reach out to them to talk at any time; they will help you and make this process the best possible experience.

That being said, for both Primary and Continuous Open Recruitment (COR), healthy time management habits are always helpful and encouraged! Plan out your weeks and weekends ahead of time to get the best recruitment experience!

How Should I Prepare for Recruitment?

 

There is very little you need to do to prepare for both Primary and Continuous Open Recruitment events. We are excited to meet the authentic you!  Recruitment is an opportunity for members to meet you and for you to meet members. There is no preparation necessary other than to come on time, be engaged, and be ready to be yourself! Have some water nearby, bring a snack, make sure your device is charged (or have a charger handy), and find a comfortable spot to chat from.

What Should I Do During Recruitment?

 

1. Keep an open mind

When you participate in recruitment, you will have the chance to meet with the entire sorority community. That can be overwhelming, and you will have a lot of things running through your head. Keep in mind that every sorority provides great experiences to their members. Going into recruitment knowing that can take a huge weight off your shoulders. The decisions you make during recruitment should focus on your opinions. Did the organization’s values align with yours? Do they have what you were looking for in a sorority experience? Maybe you wanted to make a lot of friends. Do they provide those opportunities? Maybe you wanted to be a leader. What opportunities do they offer? Let your choices be based on your own opinion and not others around you. Each person will be different and have different experiences, trust in what you believe. 

2. Ask questions

When you go through recruitment, it is easy to fall into the routine of letting the sorority members you talk to lead the conversation. They want to get to know you because you could become a member of their organization. But doesn’t that mean you probably want to know more about them, too? If in a few days you could be their sorority sister, now might be the perfect time to learn about them. Sorority women want to answer your questions. They live the sorority experience day in and day out. Ask them about it. What events do they have? How much are dues? What is the time commitment? They know all of it, and they are hoping you’ll ask them.  Knowing what you are getting yourself into will help you make a more informed decision later on.

3. Be yourself

Recruitment can be stressful, no one denies that. You talk to people you don’t know all day long. You answer the same questions. You might think sorority members want to see a specific type of person come through recruitment. A little insider secret: we just want you. As you are. We want to know what makes you who you are. What are your hobbies? What do you love? What are your goals? Be open and ready to talk about the amazing individual you are, and you will find the sorority that is right for you.

What Is a Legacy?

 

A legacy refers to someone whose mother, grandmother, and in some cases, aunt was in a sorority represented on MIT’s campus. If that’s the case for you, please email panhel-exec@mit.edu so we can be sure to direct you to the appropriate resources. That said, you do not need to be a legacy to go through recruitment! Only about 1% of the MIT Panhellenic community is a legacy.

Do Sororities Haze?

 

Hazing is illegal and violates Massachusetts, MIT, and Panhellenic guidelines. Every sorority at MIT expects its members to obey all local, state, and federal laws and to abide by the organization’s policies, guidelines, and standards. 


Here’s what one of our members had to say about hazing:

“I know these facts aren’t helpful for you to determine whether hazing is something to be concerned about. What I will tell you is that I have been a member of the Panhellenic community for almost 4 years. I have held leadership positions on numerous fronts. Never, ever in my Panhellenic experience have I been hazed, contributed to hazing someone, or heard of any instances of hazing, from any chapter or any individual member. Hazing is not tolerated in our community.”

How Do I Decide Which Sorority to Join?

 

Welcome to recruitment! This is what the process is all about. It’s designed for you to get to know each chapter better by developing real connections with other MIT students.

 

Recruitment is structured so that you find your "home under the dome." In Primary Recruitment, your recruitment counselors will facilitate conversations with you to help reflect on your values and the chapters’ values. All sororities participating in Continuous Open Recruitment will be promoted on our socials (Instagram @mitpanhel; Facebook @MITpanhellenic) and each chapter’s website.

 

Recruitment is all about meeting new friends and finding a smaller community within greater MIT. Even over Zoom, sisterhood has been what keeps our community together.  We are excited to welcome new members into our community this year!

Additional Questions?

 

To learn more about sorority recruitment, chapter membership, and overall benefits, visit The Sorority Life website, hosted by the National Panhellenic Conference.

 

Feel free to email panhel-exec@mit.edu for more information!

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