Am I The Greek Type?
There is a place for everyone in the Greek system. UL Lafayette is home to a uniquely diverse Greek society. There is no model Greek. Learn more about being Greek at the National Sorority Life Web Site. Parents can learn more about sorority life on the National Panhellenic Conference Parents information page or the frequently asked questions page.
Do I Need To Register for Formal Recruitment and how much does it cost?
Yes, this is done to make it easier on you and the Office of Greek Affairs. Just fill out the application before August 15th, 2013. It is $50.00 to sign up for recruitment.
Where will I stay during recruitment?
We will not have specific places for you to stay for Sorority Recruitment. If you are moving to Lafayette, you may be able to move in early for Recruitment. UL Lafayette Housing will open early for you to move in to your assigned dorm or apartment. You should check in to your assigned building between 8am and noon on Saturday, August 16th.
What happens during Recruitment Week?
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment takes place the week before classes start each fall semester. There is an orientation and four rounds over the six days to allow you an opportunity to meet members of each sorority and make an informed decision about joining.
Will there be someone to help guide me through Recruitment Week?
One of the first people you will meet during Recruitment is will be your Gamma Chi, sometimes called recruitment counselor. She is a woman that is selected and trained to help you out during Sorority Recruitment. During Recruitment, she is disassociated from her sorority in order to be a neutral helper for you during that week. To these women, it does not matter which sorority you join, she just wants to make Recruitment as enjoyable as possible for you.
Will Being Greek Affect My Grades and how important are grades?
That all depends on you. The Greek system at UL Lafayette has a higher average GPA than that of the undergraduate student body. All of the Greek Organizations at UL Lafayette have a scholarship program available to their members. Scholarship is the most significant factor in sorority selection and membership. GPA requirements are derived from either your high school or college grades. Please note the minimum GPA required by any Panhellenic group on the UL Lafayette campus for a high school or college student is a 2.5. However, some groups have higher GPA requirements. Any potential new member must understand the strong emphasis placed by the individual chapters regarding academics. Click here for the fraternity and sorority chapter grades and the awards for each chapter.
How Much Does It Cost?
Sorority dues will be about $500-700 for your first semester and about $300-$400 for each semester after that. It can sometimes be broken down into monthly payments to make it easier to pay.
Will I be hazed?
Hazing is absolutely forbidden. You don't have to prove anything to others. Each organization does have expectations of membership though. During the time that you are considering joining a sorority, be sure to ask pointed questions about the expectations of new members. If you do join an organization, and feel something is not right, contact a Greek Dean in the Dean of Students Office or the national organization to which the local chapter is affiliated. All UL student organizations, including Greek organizations must follow the UL LafayetteAlcohol and Drug Policy and Anti Hazing Policy.
How much time does a sorority take?
The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter, but the first semester is the most time intensive as the new member goes through the chapter's education program. The time spent in this program will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership and time management skills, learn about your organization, develop friendships and allow you to become involved with other organizations on campus.
Each chapter has weekly chapter meetings and other events (philanthropies, socials, initiation, etc) throughout the year, but they are planned well in advance. In addition to the weekly meeting, the more you participate in the chapter, the more you will get out of being a member!
What is a recommendation (rec) and am I required to get recommendations?
A recommendation is a letter that is written on your behalf that speaks of your character, accomplishments, grades, and activities from a woman who has already been in that particular sorority. Therefore, it is beneficial to have someone that you know write these.
Letters of Recommendation are not required to go through recruitment at UL Lafayette. It is the responsibility of the individual sorority to secure recommendations. Each national sorority has its ownguidelines and recommendation forms that its alumna members must use.The UL Panhellenic Council does not provide these forms. If an alumna is notfamiliar with her own sorority’s regulations, she should contact her inter/nationalsorority. The information will probably be available in her inter/national magazine or onthe sorority’s website. UL Panhellenic does not set a deadline for their submission. They should probably be in by the first week of August for the sororities to consider properly before recruitment starts.
All Recommendation forms or letters should be sent directly from the alumna to the address noted below for each chapter: (Please note on envelope that Formal Recruitment Letter of Rec enclosed).
Alpha Omicron Pi
PO Box 44823 Lafayette, LA 70504
Delta Delta Delta
PO Box 40450 Lafayette, LA 70504
PO Box 40465 Lafayette, LA 70504
PO Box 40692 Lafayette, LA 70504
Sigma Sigma Sigma
PO Box 40142 Lafayette, LA 70504