Sorority 101

Sorority recruitment often times can be confusing. Here’s everything you can expect when you start the sorority pledging process.

Round 1 – Open House

What to expect

Don’t be alarmed when dozens of sorority girls come running through the door screaming, dancing, and cheering. After they’ve finished their chants, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with 2-4 girls for about 5 minutes each. The rush chair will usually make a speech and participate in an activity before you leave. Keep track of all the houses you liked and note the ones you didn’t love.

What to wear

It’s never a bad idea to overdress. For this round, dress like you’re going out to a nice lunch with your friends. Wear dark jeans or solid-colored shorts, a nice top or sweater if it’s cooler outside, and flats or boots. Don’t overdo it with jewelry and avoid revealing clothes or low cut tops/short shorts.

What to talk about

You’ll only have a few minutes with each girl so stick to small talk. Be prepared to talk about yourself a lot. You’ll be talking about your major and where you grew up for about 20 minutes straight, but sound excited and enthusiastic about it every time.

Round 2 – House Tours

What to expect

Depending on your school, the second round could involve a few different things. It could be a philanthropy presentation, a craft, or a skit, but almost always involves a house tour. By now you should have narrowed down your choices and cut the houses you don’t love. Don’t tour houses if you have no intention of joining, it’s a waste of your time and theirs. Visit a few houses a day and keep track of your favorites. Don’t forget to ask about pricing and other questions you may have.

What to wear

In general, each round gets more formal. Wear something a little nicer like a skirt and a nice top or a casual summer dress. You can wear wedges or flats and keep to limited jewelry.

What to talk about

Similar to the first round, you’ll be talking a lot about your hometown and what you want to study in school. Talk about fun facts or something that will help the houses remember you.

Round 3 – Philanthropy Round/Skit

What to expect

Not all schools have a skit round, but your school may have a philanthropy round. In some cases, this round may come before the house tours. In the skits, several of the sorority members will put on a funny performance. This is a good way to get to know the personality of each house. Keep ranking your favorites and make cuts to narrow down your search.

What to wear

For round three, dress like you’re going out to a nice dinner: a nice sundress or a dressy top and pants with wedges or heels. You can get a little more formal with your jewelry for this round and dress up your makeup!

What to talk about

At this point, you’ve learned a little more about each house. Shift the conversation from yourself to the houses. Ask questions, ask about their experience with greek life, what philanthropy events are their favorite. This will help when it comes to choosing your preferences.

Round 4 – Preference

What to expect

The first three rounds are more fun and laid back, but found 4 is a little more serious. Think of it as more of a one-on-one interview with several of the sorority members. This round is all about traditions, values, and principles. They may take you through the history of the house and provide more insight on the house during a ceremony. At the end of the day you “pref” your houses, meaning you preference 2-3 of your favorites and a computer system will place you into a house.

What to wear

The dress code for the preference round is semiformal but it’s standard to dress it up a little more. Wear something that you’d be comfortable wearing to a wedding rehearsal or a classy event. Finish off the outfit with a nice pair of heels and some sparkly jewelry.

What to talk about

By now you should have a good idea of your top choices. Talk to the other girls about what you loved most about their sorority. Talk about how you’d be a good addition to the group and do your best to remember and reference names from the house and talk about how it was great to get to know them all. Be personable, but be yourself!

No matter what round you’re in, there are 5 topics to avoid: boys, booze, bible, ballot and bids.

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