Five Phi Sigma Sigma sorority sisters sit on blanket on grassy hill overlooking trees

Tips for Sorority Recruitment

January 22, 2024 Written by Elliana Olivo | Photo provided by Elliana Olivo

Sorority recruitment has a reputation for being intense and potentially overwhelming. But going in with the right mindset and a little preparation can make it smooth sailing.

Whether you're still considering your options for joining a UD sorority or are set on becoming a sister, here are some tips and words of advice from current members.

Tips to prepare for recruitment:

  • Practice good conversation skills. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself and follow up with questions of your own, making sure to listen attentively.
  • Prepare “go-to” questions to ask the sisters about their chapter, goals, events, etc.
  • Keep an open mind! You may have pre-existing stereotypes or opinions on different groups on campus but make your own opinions and always be open to conversation with everyone. Most new members don’t wind up picking the sorority they think they will join prior to recruitment. 

“When going into sorority recruitment, my most important advice would be to stay true to yourself," said Nina Squaires of Alpha Phi. "Enjoy the process, have fun with the people around you and make sure you are being yourself! It will help make your experience that much better."

Tips for the weeks of recruitment: 

  • Ask questions to the Rho Gammas. The Rho Gamma role is to act as a "big sister" to all potential new members and ensure that the recruitment process is fair and inclusive. Rho Gammas are helpful and unbiased when helping potential new members find which route to go to during recruitment. Text or call them whenever you have concerns or questions.

  • Know that every recruitment journey is unique, especially if you're going through the process with friends, and you may not all end up in the same chapter. Recruitment is a valuable opportunity to choose your path independently. Your true friends will stay your friends, no matter where you end up, and each sorority offers a different experience.

  • Don't be self-conscious. The sisters you're speaking with were in your shoes just a short time ago, so there's no need to be nervous or intimidated. If you don't feel comfortable with one group during the process, maybe it's not the right one for you.

  • Take notes after each conversation to remember what you liked and didn't like about each group.


“My best advice for potential new members during recruitment is to show as much of their personality as possible and to just truly be themselves," said Carly Wittenberg of Phi Sigma Sigma ."Although recruitment is obviously very nerve-racking, it is important to remember that the initiated sisters are likely just as nervous to meet you as you are to meet them. Take a deep breath and remember that everyone always ends up exactly where they’re meant to be."


Tips for deciding on which chapter to join: 


Ask yourself these questions:

  • Where do I feel most comfortable and welcome?
  • Which group shares my values?
  • Am I choosing a group based on my compatibility? Or am I choosing based on their perceived status or which one I think is the "best?"

“The best way to know which sorority is the best for you is to think about what is important to you and get to know them on a personal level," said Angelica Sandoval of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. "This way, you can figure out if the organization you're interested in correlates with your values and if you feel comfortable around the Hermanas or sisters.”

Spring 2024 recruitment registration closes on Thursday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more about recruitment and register online.


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