Frequently Asked Questions
Can I afford to be in a sorority?
Absolutely! Chapter fees consist of a monthly house bill, which is like rent, that covers everything from room and board, food, social activities, and functions. In addition to house bills, most sororities have chapter dues, which are paid to that chapter's national headquarters each semester. Costs of membership may be a little more during the first year due to some one-time costs including initiation fees and/or damage deposits. However, the cost of Greek life is comparable, if not cheaper, than the residence halls. In addition, all chapters offer payment plans to help members fulfill their financial obligations.
See the 2014 Guide to Recruitment
What is the refund policy?
You may cancel your formal recruitment registration until 11:59 p.m., Friday, August 1, 2014 by email only. Email your first, middle, last name and home address to firstname.lastname@example.org with "FMR Cancellation" in the subject line. Anyone cancelling registration after submission but prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a refund of $55 ($80 minus a $25 processing fee). Absolutely no refunds will be given for any circumstance after the cancellation deadline. Cancellation must be made via email only and be received by the cancellation time and date. Cancellations cannot be accepted by phone.
What are the academic standards?
It is important that you understand the role academics play in the recruitment process. Sororities perform very well academically at K-State and the chapters expect their members to be a part of this high level of academic achievement.
Please note the following:
- Panhellenic highly recommends that a woman wishing to go through recruitment has a 3.0 GPA in high school or 2.8 GPA in college. Academics are extremely important to our Greek community, as shown by the All Sorority GPA average of 3.34. Each sorority chapter has academic standards for membership and only in very rare instances are exceptions made by chapters to the minimum standards. We share this information to show all women interested in participating in recruitment the importance of meeting the suggested GPAs stated above in order to maximize your potential success.
- You should be aware that individual chapters will be following grade requirement guidelines set forth by their national organizations. Some of the guidelines are greater than the GPAs listed above.
- Membership selection and the business conducted in membership selection meetings is closed to members of the chapter and/or national sorority, as outlined by the individual sorority's policies. Greek Affairs/Panhellenic have no jurisdiction over this area of chapter operations.
Are transcripts required?
In order to verify your application for recruitment, we require a copy of your final high school transcript, including your last semester. Please DO NOT send a copy of your transcript to Greek Affairs as we will obtain a copy via K-State's student information system. You will need to ensure your high school sends a final copy of your transcript to the K-State Office of Admissions. If you are an upperclassman and have college credit, we will require a copy of any applicable college transcripts and acquire the information from your K-State student records. If you are coming from a high school not using a 4.0 scale you should NOT attempt to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale, but rather report it as stated on the official high school academic report.
Can I live off campus during the week of recruitment?
The majority of formal membership recruitment participants will have K-State Housing and Dining contracts and be living on campus. Though taking part in formal membership recruitment while living off campus is not a major challenge, it is important to note there are increased expectations of personal responsibility.
You need to visit Sorority Formal Membership Recruitment Check-in in the Derby Dining Complex between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17. You will then need to be at the Union by 6 p.m. for the opening program.
What about meals?
We hope you'll join us on-campus for meals during the week of recruitment. Women without a K-State Dining meal plan may purchase a dining card through Greek Affairs at recruitment check-in for $85. Meal cards entitle the holder to breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday, August 18, through Monday, August 25 (a total of 15 meals at the Derby Dining Center). Meal cards must be paid for by cash or check (no credit or debit cards) at the time of recruitment check-in. Meal times are listed on the schedule. They are not flexible, so please be on time. The days can be very long – you should take care of yourself and eat appropriately.
Can I live in the sorority house as a new member?
Chapters are only able to reserve bed spaces for women who are current members. The majority of the chapters do not have bed space available for this fall's new members. Occasionally there will be vacancies, but we do not encourage potential members to rely on this as a housing option. It is advised that you come to sorority recruitment with fall housing arrangements already made.