Online Guide to Sorority Recruitment
"As values-based organizations, the 26 members of NPC live their missions, with their members providing millions of dollars in philanthropic support to dozens of worthy causes and pursuing millions of additional hours in community service. From supporting victims of sexual assault, to leading bystander intervention programs, to fighting for body-positive campus cultures, sorority women are at the forefront of solving some of the most pressing challenges facing collegiate women today."
Our Sorority Women Speak
“When I came in as a freshman I met several incredible leaders. Some were my new sorority sisters, some I shared a bond through Panhellenic, and all were woman with an incredible ability to communicate and be personable while casting beautiful visions for Troy University. In each leadership position I hold now I can point out what woman came before me that inspired me to pursue that position. Leadership is more than being the face of an organization; it's about being a great follower first- maybe doing behind the scene work that isn't out rightly noticed. I believe the best leaders are the ones that can stand firm on what they belief while understanding not everyone was brought up the same way and also the ones that can point out what they find important and how they can take that and run with it.
When I began working with the Open Gym Program through First Baptist Church of Troy I really looked up to the leaders running the organization. Now, as the college intern I am able to use the skills I saw through those leaders in how I now run the organization. One of the best things about Panhellenic is the common bond between so many diverse women. With such an array of woman in leadership positions it is so easy to find someone to learn from and develop your own leadership style from. I think it is important to find a mentor older than you that will be willing to answer questions and show you the ropes of different positions. Troy University gives you a great opportunity to get involved with different organizations and positions that maybe a bigger school couldn't offer. ”
–Shelby Scott – Phi Mu Sister
“To me, sisterhood means knowing there are always people there for me. Whether it is someone to sit with on the first day of class or someone to call when my car fails to crank, I know there are multiple people who will be there for me at any time of the day or night. I am grateful to have an older sister majoring in the same area of business as me who advises me about classes, reads over countless resumes, and encourages me to put my best foot forward when meeting company representatives at career fairs. I know she will continue to cheer me on long after graduation. As a member of Alpha Delta Pi, I can honestly say I see our open motto “we live for each other” played out in the lives of my sisters. ”
–Ashley Rollins – Alpha Delta Pi Sister
"Sisterhood is having a constant support system. It’s celebrating together through the ups and encouraging each other through the downs."
-Alex Jolly, Alpha Omicron Pi Sister
“Sisterhood is something so special that not everyone gets to experience. We are sisters by choice and over time we create a bond like no other because we share the same values and goals. My sisters encourage me to be the best I can be and give me support like no other. Without the help of my sisters I wouldn't have tried to obtain my leadership role in Alpha Gam. One of my favorite things about sisterhood is learning about one another and helping each other grow into the women we strive to be! In the beginning of the year the girls in my pledge class were strangers and I knew nothing about them. We all came from different backgrounds and it has been a privilege to create so many memories with them already! I don't know how I would have gotten through my first year of college without them.”
–Elizabeth Keiser – Alpha Gamma Delta Social Media Chair
“Chi Omega has been my saving grace. I went through a period of time where I wanted to go home and never look back, but because of this sisterhood, I stayed. So many women have poured into me and have loved me when I was completely unlovable, completely undeserving. Chi Omega is more than just a home away from home. It is a safe place I can run to whenever I've had too much school, too much stress, too much work. This sisterhood has so many amazing young women and so much so that even I, a junior, can look up to a freshman. I love my sisters and thank them all for being "a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note!" ”
–Bronte Pruitt – Chi Omega Sister
“Helen Keller once said "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." After joining a sorority, it’s clear that everything is better with a sister by my side. The friendships I’ve made within my sisterhood are more special than I could ever express in words. Sisterhood is the unconditional love we have for one another. It is growing as women together with our shared values and beliefs. Sisterhood is never ending loyalty, understanding, and trust. It is knowing that no matter how bad my day is, I will have a sister there to help me pick up the pieces. I have learned through these aspects of sisterhood that I am never alone. I will always have a support system and friends to lean on. Attending school 900 miles away from home can be a challenge at times, but sharing this special bond with my sisters makes it easier. I see that sisterhood is a friendship that is made to endure for a lifetime. ”
–Madison Linnihan – Kappa Delta Sister
“When asked why I love Phi Mu thousands of reasons and memories pop in my mind. From running with my new found best friend to the house on Bid Day to big/little reveal when I got to jump in the arms of my perfect biggie and everything in between I love Phi Mu. Phi Mu has given me 185 sisters that I can count on for absolutely anything. I love Phi Mu because it has pushed me to be the absolute best that I can be. From my grades to campus involvement Phi Mu is always there helping me. Phi Mu also hasn’t tried to change who I am as a person, it accepted me for who I am from the beginning. I now have opportunities I never imagined before like going to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham to see what amazing things our philanthropy money is doing in the lives of those children. Phi Mu has given me girls that are there for me when I think my world is falling apart, but they’re also there for me to celebrate the small victories in life. I now have a huge support system that encourages me to try new things even if I’m not the best at those things. During Greek Week I thought I would be a fabulous boxcar driver, but I was so wrong. Instead of being upset that we didn’t win the competition my girls were more worried about my safety. Phi Mu isn’t just for four years, it’s for life and I know there are so many girls that are never going to leave my side. They’re going to be there for me when I graduate, when I walk down the aisle, and sitting right beside me in the rocking chairs in the nursing home telling stories about our crazy college years. Phi Mu is so much more than a social club or something to do. Phi Mu is something to love and give back to because the sisters of Phi Mu will be there no matter what. Phi Mu has given me the B. Davis to my P. Sawyer and the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey and I will forever be grateful!”
–Phi Mu Sister
“Greek life has given me many opportunities that I will never forget. One of the aspects I appreciate the most is our service and philanthropies. Every Greek organization has a philanthropy in which they spend a majority of their Greek life fundraising or volunteering. Our dedication and involvement in our specific philanthropies and other volunteer organizations have been a blessing. Young people today are in a society with the "It’s all about me" attitude. It can be hard to find individuals willing to give their time and talents to benefit others. Throughout my years in Alpha Gamma Delta, I can truly say the most meaningful and memorial moments were our philanthropy events and service projects. One of my favorite events was the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Social.
Growing up I was involved in different community service projects, however I always knew that around Christmas time, my family and church would be getting our shoeboxes together. This past November, each sorority came together bringing different items to pack over 400 boxes for children across the world. We wrote letters for each box and prayed over them for that special child that would receive it. The sisters of each sorority came together to pack the boxes and fellowship with each other. We are excited to continue this event for years to come. Greek life gives one the rewarding feeling to be apart of something bigger than yourself. I hope that every person is able to experience the joy of giving at some point during their Greek life.”
–Katie Pouncy – Alpha Gamma Delta
“There is a common belief that if a person is not learning, he or she is not growing. The mind has a great capacity for understanding and it is only through knowledge that the brain can push its self to great, unimaginable, unknown borders. The Philosopher John Locke believed that all human beings were born tabula rasa, their minds a blank slate that were colored in only once learning took place.
The transition into college is much like that blank slate. With the mistakes of the past somewhat erased and a new place to begin again, college is the time that learning matters the most. It is no longer learning what is demanded, it is learning what an individual chooses. And he or she must choose it again and again every single day. And that is what scholarship is- a gift that is worked for and earned each and every moment spent in the classroom.
What personally led me to Troy University and Kappa Delta sorority was my commitment to my own education. It was an alteration of place, people, and culture that I had never comprehended that I would be capable of. But what I found at Troy University was endless opportunity to learn not only what I wanted to do with my life but also who I wanted to be. Every minute I am engaged in the expansion of my mind is a moment that is colored in on my slate. And with every second of college I am watching it become a vibrant and intricate piece of art.
Kappa Delta acknowledged that my mind was changing for the better. They told me that it is a wonderful thing to put your education first and that scholarship has the capacity to redefine your world. Nelson Mandela once said that “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” My sorority and my school have epitomized these teachings. Our hearts and our heads chose learning when we acknowledge the power that scholarship has to change our lives for the better. "
–Olivia Walleser – Kappa Delta
“Yes, you can be a full-time student, sorority member, involved in other organizations, and have a job. In fact, most sorority women that you will talk to on Troy’s campus do all of the above. Sorority is a time commitment, but it is completely doable and worth it. Your potential future sorority understands that you will have a life outside of sorority, but that does not mean that sorority cannot be a priority. Trust me when I say this, you will want it to be a priority. There are so many amazing benefits that you can get from being in a sorority, but you only get out of it what you put into it.
I am a Senior Human Services major and an American Sign Language minor, President of Alpha Delta Pi, Troy Health and Rehabilitation intern, as well as a member of different honor societies and organizations. Troy University has many wonderful opportunities for you, but for me and for others, Greek life has been the most helpful with me experiencing these opportunities.
Time commitment is a huge part of being involved in different clubs and organizations, but my sorority taught me how to stay organized. We have weekly chapter meetings where you learn about future events and what is going on that week within your sorority. From chapter, I make my schedule out with my planner. If there are any schedule conflicts, I prioritize which event needs my attendance more, and handle the other event or events accordingly. Class comes first, and my sorority understands this. Within being involved, that may mean studying at weird hours of the day, but it is always important to stay on top of your schoolwork. Sorority life encourages you to have great grades, and helps you along the way! Saying that you are involved in work, school, sorority may sound like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, you may not have something mandatory to do everyday in each of those, and your events will not be happening all day. For example, on Tuesdays I go to class from 10:00 AM-12:45 PM, then to the library from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM, work from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, and have a sorority meeting at 7:00 PM. On Wednesdays I only have class from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM, and then I am done for the day to do anything I need to.
Alpha Delta Pi is where I learned how to prioritize, organize, and get involved on campus. Being in a sorority means you have 170 or more people to help you and encourage you with any decision. You also have a great chance of other sorority members being involved in organizations that you want to join; therefore they will be able to help you through it. Within Greek life, you will see that most of its members are not just Greeks. Being involved with your sorority and in other organizations are equally important. If many of us can do it and have time for it, you can too! ”
–Jordyn Wagner – Alpha Delta Pi President
Common Questions about Recruitment
A letter of recommendation is also known as “rec”, is a recruitment information form written by an alumna in order to introduce a potential new member to the sorority chapter. Sorority alumna must get forms from the national website of their organization by logging in. Forms are not available on public websites or from the Panhellenic office. There is not a specific due date for recommendations, but it is helpful to have them in by Friday, July 26, 2019.
Alpha Delta Pi
Troy Box 821104
Troy, AL 36082
Alpha Gamma Delta
Troy Box 820981
Troy, AL 36082
Alpha Omicron Pi
(must be submitted online)
Troy Box 821769
Troy, AL 36082
Troy Box 821004
Troy, AL 36082
Troy Box 822185
Troy, AL 36082
- Alpha Delta Pi
- Alpha Omicron Pi
- Alpha Gamma Delta
- Chi Omega
- Kappa Delta
- Phi Mu
High school graduates must have a 2.2 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale) & be accepted to Troy University
Upperclassmen at Troy must have a 2.2 GPA average
Transfer students must have a 2.2 overall average based on 12 hours; if a transfer student has fewer than 12 hours, her eligibility will be based on her high school grade point average. This eligibility policy for recruitment is designed to help new students become academically oriented at the University, before becoming involved in the sorority aspect of campus life. The Panhellenic Council’s membership recruitment eligibility policy is a minimum requirement. Each sorority sets their wn academic standards for joining. The sorority women will carefully evaluate the grades and high school activities of each individual going through recruitment, when making membership decisions.
The Potential Member’s Bill of Rights was adopted unanimously at the 1989 NPC Biennial Conference.
- The right to be treated as an individual
- The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.
- The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors and members
- The right to be treated with respect. The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.
- The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers.
- The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors.
- The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors.
- The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
- The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
- The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
- The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and membership experience.
Please see the following guide for more information on what to wear:2019 TROY GUIDE TO SORORITY RECRUITMENT
We know that parents and their daughters have serious discussions about whether they will be able to afford a sorority. Just as you need to be informed regarding the cost associated with a college education, you need to understand the financial obligation associated with sorority membership.
Each woman joining a sorority should be aware of the dues, fees and other expenses that are involved and should consider these when making financial plans to attend college. During formal recruitment, a potential member should ask sorority members about financial obligations and payment options. Each sorority sets its own fees and payment schedules.
As with other organizations, there are financial obligations to be met when you join a sorority. Some responsibilities are:
- To pay the new member fee, house fee (if charged), initiation fee and purchase your pin. These fees are paid only once. The new member fee is paid at the time of pledging. The initiation fee and pin are paid for at the time of initiation which is generally fall semester. Housing fees are paid at different times, depending on the sorority.
- To pay monthly dues on time.
- To pay for optional services such as t-shirts and party pictures.
- To discuss fully with parents or guardians your financial situation and arrive at a mutual understanding of financial requirements before pledging.
Please be aware that the cost of living in a sorority house is the same as living in the residence halls.
It may cost a little more the first year, but it will be your sorority for the rest of your years at TROY. It will become a circle of friends, a group to belong to, for the rest of your life.
AVERAGE SORORITY COSTS:
New Member Fee: $75.00
Initiation Fee: $200.00
Sister’s Pin: $150.00
Monthly Fee: $130.00
Recruitment week is a busy and fun-filled week. We have found that those of you who are going through recruitment in the fall need someone to help you throughout the week. Panhellenic has selected sorority women to take on this special role.
These women are called Pi Chis and have been carefully selected to assist you and answer all your questions. They have been specially trained for this particular role. The counselors are well versed in university and Panhellenic procedure and policies. They are able to give information and advice on almost any aspect of sorority and campus life. For that week, they will not associate with their sorority; they will be there just for you. Helping you during the busy, yet fun-filled days, explaining membership recruitment rules, suggesting what to wear for events and assisting with any problems that arise during the week are among the duties of a Pi Chi.
Most importantly, the Pi Chi's will lead small group meetings every night to carefully explain the next day’s activities. During these meetings, feel free to discuss any questions or problems with your Pi Chi. She will be a true friend to you.
The Troy University National Panhellenic Council would like to welcome you to Troy University and is so excited that you have considered joining sorority recruitment! Sorority recruitment is a great way to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Many women find that through a sorority they get adjusted to campus life quicker and easier, because that is what a sorority is here to help them do.
Troy University Panhellenic will take in new members at the beginning of the fall semester. Interested women must register online to participate in recruitment.
**Registration will begin on May 1, 2019 and ends July 26, 2019**
The registration form is a step by step process and will ask for general information that will be distributed to the sororities so they will know who you are. Once you begin filling out the online form you are not able to stop and save the form. We encourage you to gather the information below before you begin registering.
- Your high school address and phone number.
- A digital picture of yourself on your computer that you can download to the registration form.
- A debit card, credit card or check information to pay on-line.
- Your e-mail address. Please be very careful to enter your e-mail address correctly, we correspond by e-mail to you and every year we have women who enter this incorrectly and we can't get them important information.
- Your high school GPA
- The name, addresses, phone numbers of one guardian
- If you have attended college, your hours completed and GPA
- A listing of your high school activities. Think about what student groups you belonged to, what offices you held, church group activities, community activities and volunteer activities. If you are a transfer student or a current Troy student, you will also want to list your college activities.
- You will be able to attach a resume to the application if you wish.
Please note that you will be asked for your student id number and where you will be living fall semester. Do not delay registering because you do not know this information. When this information becomes available to our office we will add that information to your form.
The online registration form is best used in Google Chrome and Moxilla Firefox. It can be used in other internet browsers. We have had some students register and get to the payment section and have problems paying. If you have this problem, DO NOT register a second time. If you have a problem with payment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check to see if your payment and registration went through. If your payment did not go through we will send you a payment link.
Carefully review your information before submitting the registration form. The form may only be submitted one time. On-line registration ends on July 26, 2019. We encourage you to register as early as possible. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Patterson, Panhellenic Advisor at 334-670-3204.
Beginning May 1, 2019
BEGIN SORORITY RECRUITMENT REGISTRATION!
Please review the information below for more information about sorority recruitment at Troy University and contact us if you have any questions!
The University Meal ticket program begins on Saturday, August 10. Dining Services are offering an optional meal ticket bundle for sorority recruitment that you may purchase . This will allow you one meal per day in the dining hall from Sunday, August 4 to Friday, August 9. The recruitment meal ticket will be $48.00 plus tax, which is around $8.00 per meal. Most meals in the cafeteria run around $12.00 a meal if you pay for them outside of the meal ticket. If you want a recruitment meal ticket please purchase by Friday, July 26 at https://shop-troydining.sodexomyway.com/tickets-event-generic-10.
Also, your recruitment group will be eating together one meal each day off campus, please be prepared to pay for this. We also recommend having snacks and drinks in your residence hall room during the week.