Sorority recruitment can be hard. You wake up before the sun. You make small talk with what seems like a million girls. Your emotions are on a rollercoaster.
When you finally get a bid, everything seems like it was worth it.
Then, you meet new people. You get a Big. You get to go on fun date nights. You are living the sorority life you have dreamed of.
But, stuff happens. Maybe the sorority costs more than you thought. Maybe life happens. Maybe the sorority requires more time than you thought.
You are forced to make a hard decision. Do you drop or do you stay?
You probably have a ton of questions that will impact your decision.
Like how do you break the news?
Can you join another sorority?
Can you rejoin your sorority in the future?
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Here is the breakdown of everything you need to know about dropping a sorority.
After you get a bid to a sorority, you are labeled as a new member. Basically, it’s like a test trial for the sorority. You are not a full member, but you get to experience the sorority. You will have to go to new member meetings. You get to meet a lot of the sisters. You probably will get a Big. It’s all fun.
This time period is very important!
If you are having problems with the sorority and want to go through recruitment again, you N E E D to drop. Like really need to drop!
If you decided to go through with initiation, you will N E V E R be able to join another Panhellenic sorority. Like N E V E R , N E V E R. Yeah, I know it’s really serious and binding.
What’s up with that? Why can’t I join another sorority?
During initiation, you are agreeing to be a sister for L I F E .
The sorority wants to know you are committed. They don’t want a bunch of members who are there to party and meet boys. They want girls who are committed to the sorority and to their sisters.
This rule of not being allowed to join another Panhellenic sorority is the same for A L L 26 Panhellenic sororities.
You C A N join a non-Panhellenic sorority.
Just an FYI: The 26 Panhellenic sororities are:
Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha , and Zeta Tau Alpha .
Okay let’s say you get initiated, and you still want to drop you sorority? Now, what?
Every sorority is different, but here is a general breakdown.
There is someone who is in charge of membership. You will have to go and talk to her about dropping out of the sorority.
She will ask you why you are dropping out. You will have to explain your situation.
Can you rejoin?
Once you drop, it’s permanent. You cannot rejoin.
If you are going on study abroad or taking a semester off, I recommend you talk to the girl in charge of membership. Your sorority might have a program that allows you to not pay for the semester you are gone. I know for my sorority if you studied abroad you could go inactive for the semester. Basically, you are still a sister, but you don’t have to pay dues because you are not on campus.
What about if I transfer? Can I join another sorority?
No. You cannot join another sorority.
However, you can join the same sorority. You will have to go through the transfer process at your new college. To start this process, you will need to connect the membership coordinator of your sorority at your new college.
If your new college does not have your sorority, you still cannot join another sorority.
Moral of the story.
If you want to go through sorority recruitment again, you N E E D to drop your sorority.
If you go through initiation, you will N E V E R be allowed to join another Panhellenic sorority.