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My Student Has Joined a Sorority, Now What?

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Where did this bill come from? How do I work this online payment system? Where does this money go? 
All of these questions are unique to each individual sorority chapter and the answers would be best provided by the chapter treasurer. Encourage your daughter to speak with her new member educator and set up a time to discuss student specific questions. If you are still left with additional questions please contact the chapter advisor. 

What is Sorority "Presentation"?
Sorority Presentation is a long standing tradition at Texas Tech. Each chapter may choose to formally present their new member class to the rest of the chapter and parents during a special event/ceremony in the fall. Again, these events are hosted by the sorority chapters and vary chapter to chapter. Please work with your student to determine when, where and what this event might look like. 

My Student Seems Stressed and Over Programmed
Students have a lot going on in their first couple of months of college. It is going to seems like a lot. It will feel as if they are always running from one thing to the next. It is important to the chapters and the university that they are not running themselves too thin. If at any point you have a concern for your student please encourage them to seek out the following on-campus resources. If there is anything the sorority can do to help, please alert their chapter advisor so the appropriate support and adjustments can be made. As always, you are always welcome to contact the Fraternity & Sorority Life Coordinator to provide assistance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my student benefit from joining a sorority?
These organizations are rooted in four founding values that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Panhellenic organizations are groups of women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:

  •  A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier.
  •  Scholastic resources to help students achieve their academic goals.
  •  Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience.
  •  Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus.
  •  Opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

What is membership recruitment?
Membership in a sorority is voluntary and is the result of mutual selection. Formal recruitment is a time set aside, usually once a year, for sorority members and unaffiliated women to become better acquainted. Continuous informal recruitment also occurs on some campuses throughout the school year. Offers of membership during informal recruitment may occur at any time during the process of getting acquainted.

How will joining a Greek organization affect my student's academic pursuits?
Sororities serve as a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high GPA for initial membership into the chapter and they often regulate study hours, maintain resource files, reward those who do well and help those with difficulties. The Panhellenic Council supports academic excellence by promoting academic programming and spotlighting exceptional women in “Around the Circle,” the Panhellenic newsletter distributed each month.

Traditionally, the All-Sorority GPA is higher than the All Women GPA at Texas Tech University. The Panhellenic Council does not mandate a grade point average in order to participate in sorority recruitment, however it is recommended to have a minimum 2.75 high school and/or college grade point average.

What is my role as a parent?
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your daughter prior to and throughout the membership recruitment process.

What are the social aspects of sorority membership?
Because the Greek community at Texas Tech University contributes to the social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and safe environment for its members. All sororities have risk management programs dictated by their National Organizations. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the Texas Tech University Student Code of Conduct and all local and State Laws.

What is the financial obligation?
Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a sorority. The costs go towards International/National fees, chapter operating expenses, philanthropy events, social functions and much more! Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester for the one time new member fees. New member dues are estimated to be around $1,000 and active member dues to be $400-$600.

Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at Texas Tech University?
Texas Tech University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing.

Hazing is any intentional or reckless act, on or off University property, by one student, acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger his or her mental or physical health of safety; prohibited conduct is limited to actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into an affiliation with any organization and does not include participation in customary athletic events or similar contests or competition. Accomplices and bystanders of hazing could be name in a civil or criminal action involving any type of hazing activity.


Does being a member of a Greek-letter organization have benefits after graduation?
Greek membership is a lifelong commitment. Once you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each national organization has an extensive alumni network. As you know, in today's job market, it is not only important what you know, but who you know. Being a sorority member means having an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful Greek alumni all over the country who are always looking to hire the best and the brightest that our Greek community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can start your networking with your sisters in the local alumnae group.

I am not Greek, how can I learn more about it?
Websites to take a closer look at:
www.npcwomen.org
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You are also encouraged to visit the individual chapter websites, located in the "Sororities" tab.