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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I go through this process alone?

Each potential member is assigned to a Recruitment group of about 20-25 women, and each group has two Sorority Recruitment Counselor. Sorority Recruitment Counselors are active sorority members who have temporarily dropped their chapter affiliation during the Recruitment week so they can maintain an objective outlook. Each Recruitment Counselor goes through extensive training. In addition, Recruitment Counselors bring to their position their experiences as an active sorority member and a former recruitment participant. They serve as a friend and advisor and will do their best to make your Recruitment experience the best it can be! In addition, you’ll find that the members of your recruitment group will provide mutual support – and regardless of where you join, you’ll have already made many friends at CSULB.

What if I have to miss a Recruitment event?

It is very important that you attend all of the Recruitment events to which you are invited. Unexcused absences hamper your chances of being invited to the next round. Excuses are granted for illness, family emergencies, class attendance, and religious observances, provided you notify your Recruitment Counselor in advance at the orientation so that the chapters can be informed. We strongly recommend that you arrange to get off work during the Recruitment events if at all possible.

What are Recommendations?  Do I need them to participate in Recruitment?

A recommendation is a letter of introduction from an alumna sorority member written about a Potential New Member.  This letter or form tells the sorority more about your personality, academics, and activities, while also attempting to introduce you to the active chapter members.  You may wish to let your neighbors, relatives and family friends know that you are planning to participate in Membership Recruitment.  They will be able to get a form (or often a letter is sufficient) supplied by the sorority’s national office from the nearest University Panhellenic office or their national headquarters. 

Although recommendations are of great benefit to the Potential New Member, they are not required.  The do, however, allow the chapter to become acquainted with you before the Membership Recruitment Week begins. If a friend or family member who is an alumna of a sorority with a chapter at CSULB wishes to write you a recommendation, she can address it to the "Recruitment Chair" of her sorority and mail it to: CSULB Panhellenic 1250 Bellflower Blvd., USU 222 Long Beach, CA 90840 We'll put it in her chapter's mailbox. Some chapters may have their alumnae contact the personal references you list on the registration form or sorority alumnae in your hometown to obtain a reference. Don't worry if you don't know any sorority alumnae; this does not affect your chances of joining a sorority.

What are the financial obligations?

Sorority membership is for life, not just for the years that you are at CSULB. The recruitment registration fee is $40 if paid by September 7 (late registration is $50). To cover the benefits of the lifetime membership, one-time fees are paid at the time of pledging and again at initiation. The average new member period, from bid day to initiation is six weeks. More complete financial information for each chapter will be provided for you during the recruitment process.  Average costs will vary by chapter.

What are the requirements to participate?

The CSULB Panhellenic Association requires that a student be in good standing with the University to participate in sorority recruitment. Potential members who are continuing students must have achieved a minimum cumulative CSULB GPA of 2.00 or above; however, each chapter has its own college cumulative GPA requirement ranging from 2.3 - 2.5. Dual admits and open university students are ineligible to participate in the recruitment process.

How do I know if the Panhellenic Council received my online registration form?

You will be sent a confirmation email as soon as you click submit with registering online.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call the Greek Life Office at (562) 985-7501.  Remember to only submit your information once.

What is a Legacy?

A Legacy is a Potential New Member who has a mother, grandmother, or sister who is a member of a sorority.  Legacies may be given special consideration by the chapters that their female family member(s) are affiliated with, but they are never guaranteed membership in that particular sorority.  We suggest that every woman participating in Membership Recruitment keep an open mind toward all of our sororities.

How long will it take to be initiated?

Most chapters have moved to a period which takes six to eight weeks.  The new member period affords opportunities to meet other members, learn sorority history and feel at home in the chapter.  Each chapter has its own program and dates.

Does being in a sorority require participating in time consuming activities?

The Greek community at CSULB recognizes that academics are the primary focus of a college student.  As a member of a Greek letter organization students participate in numerous activities: social events, date functions, philanthropies, Greek Week, Homecoming, Kaleidoscope, etc.  Participation in these events is encouraged because it gives members the opportunity to meet men and women within the Greek community; however, the ultimate decision to participate is up to the individual.

Am I going to have time for a sorority with school and work?

Absolutely.  By being a member of a sorority you will have access to academic resources provided by your chapter, including hundreds of new friends to study with along the way.

What does the Greek community have to offer?

The Greek community at CSULB will help you personalize your college experience.  While joining a sorority is based on sisterhood and friendship, sorority life is about personal and intellectual growth.  CSULB’s Greek community offers scholastic assistance, hands-on leadership experience, the chance to help others, and the lasting bonds of sisterhood.

How do I pick which sorority I want to join?  How do the sororities pick their new members?

The CSULB Panhellenic Association uses a process of mutual selection for Recruitment.  This means that potential members are able to rank the sororities they would most like to return to, and the chapters provide a list of potential members they would like to invite back.  Those two lists are matched, and invitations to subsequent rounds of recruitment are extended.  Each day of recruitment has fewer events, so the number of choices available is smaller.  For example, after Day 1 (where potential members will visit all 7 chapters), each potential member will be asked to choose her top 4 sororities, to return for up to 4 events the following day. 

Because of the large number of women participating in sorority recruitment, not everyone is guaranteed that they will attend the maximum number of events each day.  We also cannot guarantee that potential members will be invited back to all of their first preferences.  However, we encourage potential members to attend all events to which they are invited because you never know where you may find your home!

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