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How long is the pledging process for a sorority?

Last Updated: 14th May, 2020

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New Member Period: Also known as pledging. The time before initiation where the new member learns about the fraternity or sorority before becoming a collegiate member. It is typically 8-10 weeks long.

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People also ask, how long does the pledging process take?

Pledging a Fraternity. In some fraternities, pledging is a process with multiple stages that can take up to a year and a half. In other fraternities, pledging takes place over a matter of weeks.

Likewise, what is pledging a sorority like? Pledging a Sorority. If a potential new member accepts a sorority bid, she becomes a new member, more commonly known as a pledge. For example, a new member might learn the history of the sorority and its values. She'll meet the other new members and spend time bonding with current members.

Also asked, how long does it take to get into a sorority?

Rush is different for every school and every sorority. It can be as short as three days or last as long as two weeks.

How much does it cost to pledge a sorority?

There are not-so-tiny fines of upwards $100 for each breaking of a fraternity or sorority rule. Regular chapter membership dues, which can certainly also add up, are other hidden costs that many do not think about. These regular dues can set you back between $20 to more than $200 per month and up to $3000 per semester.

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Nicoll Weixelbaum

Professional

What happens during pledging?

Pledging is an intensive orientation and probationary period for students pursuing fraternity membership. Over the course of six weeks or more, pledges study all facets of fraternity life and the Greek system. You'll also spend time bonding with your new brothers.

Tfarah Arjonilla

Professional

Does pledging take a lot of time?

It will take up a lot of time. It's best to plan accordingly and have a smaller course load than normal. However, if the fraternity has a reputation for bad academics than you might want to stay clear. In the best scenarios you have time to study (obviously) and the rest of the time is usually taken up by pledging.

Excelsina Vila├ža

Professional

How long after bid day is initiation?

After your Bid Day (in the next few days following), you'll have a new member ceremony of sorts which celebrates you/your class joining the sorority. The time period between bid day and initiation varies by sorority. For example: Tri Sigma's NM period is anywhere from 8-10 weeks.

Vicent Novoselov

Explainer

What is pledging a black sorority like?

Pledging. For most black fraternity and sorority members initiated before 1990, pledging is when they formed their first fraternal memories. These organizations are an important, often integral, part of college life for thousands upon thousands of African-American college students at HBCUs and more mainstream campuses.

Abdenasser Eisenstark

Explainer

What is hazing in frats?

Hazing (US English), initiation ceremonies (British English), bastardisation (Australian English), ragging (South Asia), or deposition, refers to the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new

Yanett Vatafu

Explainer

What is Rush Week?

Rush week, more officially known as recruitment week, is the period of time when fraternities and sororities recruit students to their respective Greek letter organizations. Rush week usually happens right in the beginning of the school year.

Doreatha Berenjeno

Pundit

What GPA do you need for a sorority?

Every organization has a different minimum for members and it's usually higher. Typically, we want girls to have at least a 3.0 GPA. If you have a 3.5+ college GPA you will stand out in a really great way! It will depend entirely on your school and what the GPA averages are for your school.

Chunli Nagrodzk

Pundit

What is pre pledging?

Pre-pledging takes place before the interested person has accepted an invitation or bid to join the org. The person may be told to do certain activities that are usually considered hazing that may or may not increase their chance of becoming a part of the organization.

Azdin Sylla

Pundit

How do sororities choose you?

Bid day/bid night: The day you receive a card informing you which sorority invited you to be a new member. After each round of recruitment, the PNMs rank the houses they went to in order of preference, and the sororities will rank the PNMs in terms of preference.

Kindra Zurdo

Pundit

Can you join two sororities?

You cannot join another sorority. However, you can join the same sorority. 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.

Irineo Offensand

Pundit

Are sororities expensive?

Being in a sorority isn't cheap. Women pay national and chapter dues, plus new member fees, which all vary by organization. Dues are around $400 for sororities per semester. But the university says living in one of the chapter houses is typically less expensive than living in dorms.

Meaghan Hantzschel

Teacher

Is there an age limit for sororities?

There really isn't an official age limit restricting membership to a sorority. There really isn't an official age limit restricting membership to a sorority. That being said however, most sororities at highly populated Greek organizations are targeting freshman as their primary focus for members.

Marielle Paracuellos

Teacher

Do freshmen live in sorority houses?

Typically, freshmen live on-campus in residence halls, and many then move into fraternity and sorority houses their second year (residence hall contracts are on an annual basis).

Purita Kopcke

Teacher

What happens when you rush a sorority?

Rush usually consists of a few rounds. During these rounds, sisters meet potential new members. The women talk, perform skits, sing songs and share personal stories about what the sisterhood means to them. As rush progresses, potential new members and sororities list their choices in order of preference.

Mervin Aschenheimer

Teacher

Can you pledge as a freshman?

They didn't take school seriously their freshman/sophomore year. So if you are a senior in high school, OR a freshman going into your sophomore year, FOCUS on your grades. (Side note: Some Greek organizations and colleges and universities will not allow you to pledge your freshmen year).

Zeneyda Chepikov

Reviewer

How do you get into a top sorority?

Sorority Rush Tips: 13 Ways to Get the Bid You Want
  1. 1) Be yourself.
  2. 2) Do your research.
  3. 3) Do not rely on reputations.
  4. 4) Explore the different kinds of Greek life opportunities on campus.
  5. 5) Learn how to best market yourself.
  6. 6) Be outgoing.
  7. 7) Dress the part.
  8. 8) Be honest with yourself.

Oltita Tufnall

Reviewer

Why should I not join a sorority?

Here are 9 reasons you may want to avoid going Greek this year.
  • It costs big bucks.
  • You'll feel super smug and relieved when you get skip Rush Week.
  • It's way more fun to come up with your own silly costume party themes.
  • Your school is full of interesting people who don't vibe with Greek culture.

Abdullah Bruncken

Reviewer

Is hazing still a thing?

Hazing can happen over a period of a semester or an entire year. The effects of these rituals can be physically as well as emotionally damaging. In some cases, as in the case of FAMU student Robert Champion, hazing can be deadly, but it still continues even with the publicity over the past several years!

Abdenbi Niembro

Reviewer

How do you prepare for pledging a sorority?

So You Want to Join a Sorority? Here are 9 Things to Know Before You Pledge
  1. Trying to Decide on a Sorority? Look to the Women You Admire.
  2. Make Sure You're Financially Prepared. Before you jump into any intake process, slow your roll, and take a long, hard look at your finances.
  3. It's a Time-Consuming Process.