- What should I expect my recruitment days to look like?
Formal recruitment is very busy and can definitely be tiring both physically and emotionally. However, it is really up to you to decide how positive a recruitment experience you will have. A good attitude and an open mind are vital. Remember that even though small talk may become tedious and repetitive, every chapter visit is a new experience. Approach even the last chapter of the day with an open mind and good attitude; it could be the right one for you!
- What should I talk about at the recruitment events?
It is important for you to be yourself during recruitment and let conversation flow naturally. Remember, recruitment is a mutual selection process and the sororities are presenting themselves to you just as you are presenting yourself to them. Asking questions is encouraged. Click here to see a list of suggested questions to ask during recruitment.
- What if I have another commitment during recruitment?
It is strongly encouraged that you attend every night of recruitment; however academic and athletic commitments come first. Every effort has been made to avoid conflicts and events happen in the evening and over the weekend. If there is a conflict, please discuss this with your Rho Gamma right away.
- If I am a legacy, am I guaranteed membership?
A legacy is a prospective member whose grandmother, mother or sister is an alumna or active in a particular sorority. Legacies may be given special consideration but each potential new member is considered on an individual basis. Legacies are not obligated to join a particular sorority and the sorority is not obligated to pledge her. Recruitment is a mutual selection process and the prospective member and sorority are looking for compatibility, not a family connection to the group.
- What happens if I decide I don’t want to join a sorority?
There is no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in Formal Recruitment. If you decide you would not like to continue with formal recruitment, you may choose to withdraw. If you withdraw prior to signing a preference card, on Saturday afternoon, you are still eligible to receive a bid from a chapter throughout the academic year. If during recruitment week you decide to withdraw, you should discuss these feelings with your Rho Gamma who will help you with the withdrawal process.
- What if I turn down a bid I receive on Bid Day?
Once you have signed a preference card on Friday evening you are bound by the National Panhellenic Conference calendar year rule. This rule states that if you choose not to accept an invitation to membership from any group listed on the preference card you will be unable to be pledged to another inter/national sorority at Franklin College for one calendar year.
- Will my academics be compromised if I join a Greek chapter?
Academics are a top priority in the Greek community. Each chapter on campus has a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. At Franklin College the average G.P.A. among Greek women has been consistently higher than the all college average G.P.A.
- How much does it cost to join a sorority?
The Greek experience is an investment in your future. The academic assistance, leadership skills and friendships will benefit you beyond your days at Franklin College. The perception that sororities are only an option for the “rich” is false! Many women in sororities maintain jobs and internships, receive financial aid and obtain scholarships to afford their education. The financial commitment varies from chapter to chapter and as you go through the recruitment process you will receive detailed information about each chapter’s particular fees.
- How much time does membership take?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter but the first semester is the most intensive as a new member goes through the chapter’s education program. Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other mandatory events (philanthropic, service, etc) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. The more you put in to the chapter the more you will get out of being a member!
- What about hazing?
Franklin College and the Panhellenic Association have unconditionally opposed any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical ridicule. Freedom from the humility and danger of hazing is guaranteed to every student on campus. Any violation of this guarantee should be reported to the Coordinator of Greek Life.