While each chapter is unique, all sororities and women’s fraternities at RPI are part of the Panhellenic Community. Panhel promotes the feeling of commnunity by overseeing primary recruitment, sponsoring community service opportunities, social events, and educational programs throughout the year.
The entire Greek community strives to attain academic excellence by encouraging members to be active on campus and providing tools to live up to their full potential. The Panhellenic GPA is consistent with that of the campus-wide women’s GPA, and we are proud of our members for working hard on their academic success.
Philanthropy and Service
Philanthropy is a vital part of our community, as we strive to go beyond campus to have positive influences on the surrounding communities. Each chapter focuses on its own philanthropic passions, which is supported by the panhellenic community through multi-house involvement with both fraternities and sororities. As a community, we aim to work together to support a wide range of philanthropic initiatives.
It is important to be transparent regarding the costs associated with obtaining a college education and other experiences, including involvement in Greek Life.
Sorority membership is a contractual agreement. When you join, you assume financial obligations to that organization. During recruitment, a potential member should ask sorority members about financial obligations and payment options. Each house sets its own fees, housing costs, and and payment schedules.
16% of RPI women are in a sorority
23% of RPI students are Greek
Philanthropy hours logged 2018:
$ raised annually by philanthropy
The retention rate for Greek students is 10% higher than that for unaffiliated students (90% vs. 80%)
40% of all athletes are Greek
24,000+ of RPI Alumni are Greek
Other Greek Organizations
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body for the fraternities on RPI’s campus. They are the male counterpart to the Panhellenic Council. Check out their website for more info!
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is an honors society for members of the Greek community.
Alumni Inter-Greek Council
The Alumni Inter-Greek Council is a group of Greek Alumni who work with current students, organization, IFC, and Panhel to improve networks.
Green Greeks is an interest group focusing on allowing green-minded members of the Greek community to help protect the future of the planet through greeklife. For more specific inquiries, visit their facebook page.
If I participate in REcruitment, am I obligated to join a sorority?
No! Many women choose to go through recruitment to meet people and make new friends and ultimately choose not to join a house at that time. Recruitment is an opportunity for you to visit the sororities, get a glimpse of Greek life, and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the RPI Greek Community.
What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
Potential New Members (that’s you!) often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the recruitment process only wanting to be in a certain sorority. Membership is more than wearing certain Greek letters, it is giving your time and energy to a sorority and all its members. Don’t make a decision based on stereotypes and others’ opinions. Keep an open mind and make a decision based on your experiences during recruitment.
is there a GPA requirement to participate in recruitment?
Although the Panhellenic Council does not require a minimum GPA to participate in recruitment, each sorority may establish their own minimum GPA required for membership. If you have a question about a particular sorority’s requirement, don’t hesitate to contact the chapter.
I have heard that sororities have various reputations. How do I handle tihs information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is your own. Each chapter is different form campus to campus and from year to year. Remember that each chapter is made up of many different women with different talents and qualities that compose the entire group. There are always rumors about any important event and Recruitment is no exception. If you hear derogatory remarks about any sorority or any women in the group, please disregard those comments as inappropriate and against the Panhellenic spirit. Any questions regarding rumors or inappropriate comments should be directed to your Recruitment Counselor or the Vice President of Recruitment. It is very important to keep an open mind about each sorority throughout the process and not to dismiss a certain house based on rumor or stereotype.
What do sororities look for in members?
All the houses look for a woman who is enthusiastic about her education and activities, though beyond that it is hard to pinpoint. It’s important to recognize the way you feel while interacting with each house, but an ideal member is one who is loyal to their organization, kind to others, and who is willing to be involved within the community.
I am a legacy to a sorority - what should I know?
Each PNM is considered on an individual basis; a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular sorority than the sorority is obligated to pledge her. The Potential New Member and the sorority should be looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group. Panhellenic has no policies regarding legacies because each sorority has its own policy, and Panhellenic has no input in individual sorority membership decisions. More specific questions regarding legacies should be directed to the individual sororities.
What If I turn down a bid I receive?
After the Preference Round if you wish to join a sorority, you will fill out and sign an official Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement. Your signature on this card is binding for one year. If you then receive a bid and decide not to accept it, you will not be able to participate in Recruitment or Continuous Open Bidding for one year. We therefore urge you to think carefully before turning down a bid as emotions can temporarily cloud your thinking. Please give yourself and the sorority a chance before declining a bid.
What if I have a hard time making decisions about sororities?
Difficult decisions are a very common dilemma. Potential New Members, however, should not look at this as a problem. Most women can be happy in any of the sororities on campus. Besides, you have to keep in mind that sororities are also having to make decisions. Think carefully and look objectively at what each sorority has to offer you. A sorority should be a home away from home; a place where you feel totally comfortable and welcome. Your experiences at each Recruitment event and personal goals and desires should guide your decision making.
How much time does a sorority take?
There is a required meeting once a week where you will receive information on chapter events and sorority education. Weekly study sessions, sisterhood activities, community service projects and social events are also potential time commitments.
How long will it take to be initiated?
The new member period is usually six to eight weeks. This time is an opportunity to meet other members, learn sorority history and begin to feel at home. Each sorority establishes its own new member program and initiation dates. All sororities have a zero tolerance for hazing.
Do I have to live in the sorority house?
Each sorority has its own policies regarding living in the house. Most require a member to live in the house during their second year of membership.
what is deferred recruitment?
Deferred Recruitment, which is what we do on the RPI campus, is when formal recruitment takes place in the spring semester and only Continuous Open Bidding (informal recruitment) occurs in the fall semester. While freshman can not go through any type of recruitment until their second semester, any upperclassmen or transfer students who have at least one semester of college completed can participate in the fall COB recruitment process.