Let’s talk about scholarship. More specifically grades. I know it’s a boring topic. Who really wants to talk about grades? But, we have to talk about it…
Sororities are all about academics.
You might be thinking, “Wait, W H A T !?!”
Yep, you heard me right! All sororities place a strong emphasis on academics. They actually pride themselves on their high GPAs.
What’s up with that? Why do they care about grades so much?
It’s simple. The sororities want to see you achieve your goals.
They want to see you go on and become a successful adult.
Plus if the sorority’s GPA falls below the national standard GPA, they risk going on probation. Probation for a sorority is scary. Essentially, it means no fun for anyone!
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AND guess what… the whole grade thing does not start after you become a member. It actually starts during sorority recruitment!
The sorority members will cut you after Round One if your GPA is too low.
Since grades are so important to sororities… it’s kinda risky for the sorority to take a girl who is not up to standards. They are worried she will not be able to benefit the sorority. I know it sounds really harsh. No individual is defined just by their grades. It’s just how the voting process works.
If your grades are lower than the required GPA for the sorority, I recommend you get your grades up and then go through sorority recruitment.
How do you know what the required GPA is?
The required GPA should be listed on your college’s Panhellenic website.
However, a lot of times each sorority’s GPA is higher than the GPA on the website. You should be able to find each sorority’s GPA on their official sorority website. Another idea is to look up the grade report for your college. This report will give you an idea of what to expect. To find the grade report for your college, type in Google “sorority grade report at insert your college’s name.”
It’s extremely important to note: If your college has formal recruitment in the Spring, you need to focus on your studies during the Fall. Your grades could be a make or break for your dream sorority. If you are struggling in a class, reach out and get the help you need. There is no shame in getting help!
How are your grades important as an active member?
As an active member of the sorority, you have to maintain a certain GPA. If your GPA is lower than the required GPA, you run the risk of going on academic probation.
Academic probation is different for every sorority. Sometimes you will not be able to attend certain events. Sometimes you will have increased study hours. It depends on the sorority. Don’t stress about this topic right now! You will learn about the ins and outs when you are an official member.
Now, let’s talk about study hours.
Study hours are exactly what you think they are. They are hours you are assigned to study.
You might think it sounds crazy, but trust me they are so easy to get done. Usually, you are not assigned a large number of hours. In college, you are always studying or working on a project or doing homework. You are always doing something. They are really not a big deal. It just becomes part of your life.
Every sorority does study hours differently. Some sororities assign all members study hours. Some sororities assign only certain GPAs hours. It depends on the sorority and what they think is best. You will learn about study hours and how they work when you are a new member.
Another incentive for maintaining a high GPA is you will be able to apply for a scholarship. You can find more information on each sorority’s official website. I will also include a brief chart below with all the information.