Potential New Member FAQ

If I participate in formal recruitment, am I obligated to join a sorority?
No, many women choose to go through formal recruitment to meet people and make new friends. Formal recruitment is an opportunity for you to visit the sororities, get a glimpse of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and figure out whether or not it’s for you.

Is there a GPA requirement to participate in formal recruitment?
There is no GPA requirement to participate in Panhellenic Formal Recruitment. However, each individual sorority has a minimum grade point average requirement for membership eligibility. Individual sororities have minimum GPA requirements that range from a 2.5 to a 2.75. Panhellenic requires that Potential New Members have at least 12 college credits completed and passed at Virginia Tech (or another 2 or 4 year institution after high school graduation) in order to participate in Panhellenic formal recruitment.

I am a legacy to a sorority. Is there anything that I should know?
Each sorority views legacy status differently. Some consider only daughters or sisters of alumnae, while some extend it to granddaughters, nieces and cousins. No chapter is obligated to extend membership to a legacy. Likewise, you should not feel pressured to join a certain sorority because of your legacy status.

What do sororities look for in members?
It is difficult to pin-point exactly what sorority women are looking for. There are as many answers to that question as there are sorority women. A strong academic background is very important to every sorority. Each sorority has a minimum grade requirement and no matter how wonderful the Potential New Member may be, the sorority might release her if she cannot meet the grade requirement.

Often, women have friends currently in sororities or are legacies to certain sororities. Some women feel that these Potential New Members have an advantage in that sorority. However, just as you are not obligated to join that sorority, that sorority is not obligated to extend you an invitation for membership. Furthermore, you should not worry if you are not a legacy or do not know anyone in a sorority. The entire point of going through formal recruitment is to meet new people, and every sorority wants to give all Potential New Members an equal chance. It is most important to be yourself. Every sorority is looking for a variety of members.

What are recommendations and do I need them?
Recommendations are letters or statements from a sorority alumna recommending a Potential New Member for membership. Details for each chapter’s recommendation process can be found here. Please note that these are not required for any of our chapters.

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 also have 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 formal recruitment event and personal goals and desires should guide your decision making.

Where do I stay during Formal Recruitment if I live on campus?

For 2021 Formal Recruitment, PNMs should plan to participate in recruitment from their homes before returning to Blacksburg.

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