Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I find the right sorority for me?
Formal Recruitment is a feeling-out process. The trick is to narrow your options without limiting them. Keep an open mind, avoid preconceptions, and consider several alternatives just as you did in applying to college. Although word-of-mouth can be informative, gossip is not fact. Follow your heart and do not let anybody else make the decision for you. Ask yourself where you feel at home.

How much does it cost to participate in formal recruitment?
The cost is $30 per individual. The cost covers one meal that is provided and the shirt that is worn to all the open parties.

What if I cannot attend part of recruitment?

If you must miss an open event for a class, there is a “Miss N Mingle” makeup event opportunity on 9/06/2017 at 8PM. If you must miss an invite or preference event, you may not complete this year’s recruitment. If you have any additional questions about this policy, contact Recruitment Team or your Gamma Chi.

How much does a sorority cost?
The cost for membership in each sorority varies. New members should expect to pay around $770 (+/- $90) during their first year of membership. This includes many one-time fees. After the first year, the current average yearly membership cost drops to $575 (+/- 130). Individual payment plans, financial aid, and scholarship are available from individual chapters or talk to your Gamma Chi if you have more questions.

How much time is required?
There are mandatory commitments that are set in advance, such as weekly meetings, philanthropy events, and new member education, but each member can be as involved as she chooses to be. The old saying, “You get out of it what you’re willing to put into it,” could not be more true.

What about hazing?
Hazing is illegal in the state of Missouri, and it is not allowed by any sorority on Truman’s campus. The Truman State University Greek System does not tolerate hazing. If one feels she has been hazed or has observed hazing, she should immediately report it to the Panhellenic Advisors.

Is Truman’s recruitment dry?
Yes, both Truman State and National Panhellenic Council have dry Formal Recruitment policies. No alcoholic beverages may be present at any sorority functions during Membership Recruitment. At no time will a sorority provide alcohol for under-aged members or non-members.

Would I lose touch with friends who choose not to join a sorority?
Absolutely not! Many Greeks and non-Greeks remain close. You would widen your circle of friends and contacts by joining a Greek organization. Joining a sorority should not interfere as long as you are committed to your friendships.

Would joining affect my grades?
Academic excellence is one of the most important aspects of sorority life at at Truman. Each sorority strives to foster an environment of academic success through academic mentoring programs, incentive programs, and minimum GPA requirements. Last year, the average sorority member’s GPA has higher than the all-campus average.

How will joining help my future?
Since sororities govern themselves, the leadership opportunities available to the Greeks are plentiful. Members can cater their experiences to match their interests and personal or professional goals. Greek Life teaches confidence, leadership, networking, and other professional skills that businesses cite as valuable, and often, leadership opportunities are offered right after joining.

What if I decide not to join?
Greek Life is not for everyone, and that’s okay. You are not committed to join by going through Formal Recruitment. If you decide it is not for you, Truman has over 200 student organizations that could be a better fit for you.

For any additional questions, please feel free to contact panhellenictsu@gmail.com

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