Single. Preference. Vote.

It sounds confusing.

It might even sound a little scary because everyone says to N O T do it.

What is it?

Is it the same as a suicide vote?

I am going to break it all down for you.

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Let’s get into everything you need to know about a single preference vote.

What’s a Single Preference Vote?

After every round of sorority recruitment, you will vote on the sororities. Basically, you will put your top sororities in one section and the sororities you want to drop in another section.

The morning of the next round you will get your list of sororities. Your list can be composed of all the sorority wanted back or it could be a combination of the sororities you wanted back and some sororities you tried to drop. It really all depends on how you voted and how the sorority voted.

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However after Pref voting is a little different, you have two options:

  1. Write down all the sororities you visited for Pref — Maximizing Your Options

  2. Write down one sorority — Single Preference Vote

Okay, that might sound a little confusing. Let’s really break it down. 

Situation #1. 

Let’s say you have two sororities for Pref round (Delta Nu and Alpha Alpha Alpha). You go to both sororities for Pref. You have an amazing time. 

Now, it’s time to vote. You love Alpha Alpha Alpha, but your number one is Delta Nu. You put Delta Nu as your #1 and Alpha Alpha Alpha as your #2. 

Don’t forget  O R D E R   M A T T E R S  when you are making your final decision.

When you rank both sororities, you are maximizing your options. AKA if Delta Nu does not choose you, you will have a second option for joining a sorority. 

Situation #2.

You have the same two sororities (Delta Nu and Alpha Alpha Alpha).

After you attend both parties, you realize you cannot see yourself in Alpha Alpha Alpha.

When you go to vote, you only vote on Delta Nu. You don’t put Alpha Alpha Alpha on your list.

Only ranking one sorority after Pref is what is called a single preference vote or a suicide vote. 

Situation #3.

You only have one sorority on your list for Pref.

When you vote on the one sorority, this situation is looked as maximizing your options. You are not eliminating a sorority because you do not like it.

If you only attend one sorority for Pref, your vote is N O T a single preference vote. 

Is a Single Preference Vote risky?

The short answer is yes.

It’s risky because you have the opportunity to be dropped.

Dropped? What do you mean?

Let’s look at the first two situations again.

Situation #1.

You vote on both Delta Nu (your #1 choice) and Alpha Alpha Alpha (your #2 choice).

If Delta Nu puts you on their Bid Day list, you get a bid. Y A Y !

If Delta Nu does not put you on their Bid Day list, you get dropped from Delta Nu. However, you still have a chance to join Alpha Alpha Alpha!

The matching process starts over for you. If Alpha Alpha Alpha put you on their Bid Day list, you get a bid!

If Alpha Alpha Alpha does not put you on their Bid Day list, you are dropped from sorority recruitment.

You have two opportunities to join a sorority rather than one.

Situation #2.

You only vote on Delta Nu.

If Delta Nu puts you on their Bid Day list, you get a bid. Y A Y !

If Delta Nu does not put you on their Bid Day list, you get dropped from sorority recruitment.

Guess what… you still can join a sorority! Find out about all your options HERE.

Basically, a single Preference vote does N O T give you a backup plan. You are putting all your eggs in one basket.

a single preference vote is risky

When should you consider a Single Preference Vote?

If you can only see yourself in one sorority, you may want to consider a single preference vote.

It’s not like, “Oh I like Alpha Alpha Alpha. I just would rather be a Delta Nu.”

It should be a strong feeling, and you should be okay with being dropped.

Like I said it is risky.

This decision is hard to make. I recommend talking to your mom or sister or recruitment counselor or a friend or someone you are close with before you choose to go through with a single preference vote.

Why do the Panhellenic Members recommend to maximize your options after Pref?

The Panhellenic Members want to see every girl join a sorority.

They want the best for you and every other girl.

Sometimes you think a sorority is not a right for you, but maybe you have not met the right people yet. There is a reason the sorority is asking you back to Pref… they see you as a future member.

By maximizing your options, you are almost doubling your chances of getting into a sorority.

maximizing your options increases your chance of joining a sorority

Scare Tactics.

When you are considering a single preference vote, the recruitment counselor may say something along the lines of, “If you do a single preference vote, you will automatically be dropped from sorority recruitment.”

If that was the case, wouldn’t you just be cut right then and there?

I cannot speak for all colleges, but I don’t think this statement is true. There may be colleges out there who D O have this rule in place. However, I have not seen any proof.

My Experience.

I did a single preference vote. Okay, that sounds a little dramatic!

Here is the backstory.

The morning of Pref I was excited. I had one sorority I L O V E D .

When I received my list for the day, I was devastated. The sorority I loved cut me.

Automatically, I went into defense mode. I started to question everything. Do I belong in a sorority? Why did they drop me? Am I not pretty enough? What is wrong with me?

I didn’t want to go to Pref. I wanted to drop right then and there, but my mom talked me off of the cliff. She told me to give the sororities one more chance. I took her advice and gave my final two sororities one more chance.

I went to the first sorority, and my experience was alright. I just didn’t feel like it was the right fit.

Then, I went to my second sorority. I got paired with a girl I had never talked to. Immediately, I felt comfortable. It was almost like she just got me. All the dots seemed to connect. I really felt like I was home. I did not have to impress anyone. I was just being me!

When it came time to vote, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I had nothing against the first sorority I visited. I just didn’t click with the members. It didn’t feel like home. I knew if I joined I had a high possibility of dropping. I couldn’t bring myself to voting on them.

I just want to make one thing clear… it worked out for me, but it does N O T work out for every girl.

a single preference vote is not the right decision for everyone

Moral of the Story.

Do what feels right to you. If you like both sororities, vote on both of them. If you love one sorority but don’t feel a connection to the other sorority, maybe consider a single preference vote.

Do you babe! Don’t feel the pressure of all the other girls!

Later Babes!





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