Greek life can provide a healthy social outlet while in college, as well as academic and volunteer opportunities. However, choosing the right sorority may take some time, especially if your college has an extensive Greek presence. In this practical guide, we’ve shared some common-sense tips for selecting a sorority, so that you end up with best friends and business connections for life.
First, do a little digging about each sorority and learn their stated values, goals, and campus reputation. How do the sorority sisters spend their free time? Are they only focused on partying, or do they enjoy extracurricular activities like intramural sports and volunteering? This will help you cross off a few sororities from your list, so that you only rush sororities that match your interests.
Next, you need to find a sisterhood that you get along with, so that when college life gets tough, you have close friends to lean on. This may require a period of reflection. Think about your best friends from your hometown – why do you have so much fun together? Why is the friendship dynamic so perfect? Your childhood friends can serve as a helpful guideline for the sororities you rush. If you find like-minded girls with similar interests, your Greek life will be much more fulfilling.
College is a time for exploration. New ideas, people, and experiences are within reach, and it’s your job to seize the opportunities. Whether you’re from a small town or a big city, we recommend choosing a sorority that embraces diversity and inclusivity. This is especially important if you’re an ethnic minority on campus, and you want to find a welcoming space where you can be yourself.
Every sorority has financial obligations, but they can vary wildly in price. If you choose to live in a chapter house, you’ll probably have to pay hundreds of dollars for rent and various sorority expenses. On the other hand, if you live in dorm housing or an off-campus apartment, your sorority dues will be much more affordable. Make sure to get a yearly cost breakdown from each sorority before making any commitments, so that you don’t get caught by surprise.
Ultimately, choosing the right sorority is a highly personal decision. Every sorority has a philanthropic cause, such as Service for Sight, CASA for Children, and The Arthritis Foundation. We recommend aligning yourself with one of these causes, and finding out how the local sorority chapter contributes to the community. The more you give back, the more rewarding your Greek experience will be.