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FAQs for Parents

What is sorority recruitment?
Recruitment (formerly known as rush) is a time set aside once or twice a year for non-Greek women to meet sorority members, learn about our sisterhood and decide which sorority would be the best fit for them. Membership in a sorority is voluntary and is the result of a mutual selection process.

How much does it cost to become a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority?
Each Gamma Phi Beta chapter has fixed expenses including international and local dues, new member fees and housing fees (determined by the chapter). Additionally, there is a one-time initiation fee, and a membership badge must also be purchased. During recruitment a detailed statement of member financial obligations will be provided.

Membership dues fund leadership training, program development, chapter maintenance and a lifetime subscription to The Crescent, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority's magazine.

What is a legacy?
A legacy is a sister, daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, including the "step" version of each of these relations.

What is my role as a parent?
We encourage parents to be supportive and learn as much as possible about Gamma Phi Beta Sorority throughout your daughter's membership. The CrescentGamma Phi Beta's magazine, will be sent to your home address until your daughter graduates - we encourage you to check it out, too! This will give you insight into your daughter's membership experience. 

Many chapters have a Parents Club or host a Parents' Weekend, giving parents the opportunity to learn more about the Sorority, meet your daughter's Gamma Phi Beta sisters and tour the chapter facilities. Parents Clubs provide an opportunity for parents to get acquainted and share in some of their daughter's Sorority experiences.  

What are Gamma Phi Beta Sorority's policies on the use of alcohol and illegal substances?
Gamma Phi Beta expects its members to obey all federal, state and local laws, while abiding to the Sorority's policies and standards. Gamma Phi Beta promotes the development of friendship and sisterhood in an alcohol and drug-free environment and actively educates our members about risk management, personal responsibility and good decision-making practices.

Gamma Phi Beta also has strict guidelines for hosting social events, with the expectation that chapters always provide a safe environment for members. If policies are violated, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority will take appropriate action and ensure that additional education and appropriate disciplinary measures are instituted.

What are the grade requirements for membership in Gamma Phi Beta?
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.4 from college or 2.8 from high school is required for initiation by Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Exceptions may be made with approval of the chapter advisor and the chapter's regional coordinator after consultation with the sorority coordinator-scholarship.  
(Note: grades are determined at pledging, not at time of Initiation.) 

Our chapters are strongly encouraged to set a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for entering freshmen and a minimum of the all women's or all sorority average, whichever is higher, for other students. 

Do all initiated members need to live in the chapter facility?
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority policy states that all initiated chapter must members live in the chapter facility unless:
  • The member is living at home with her parents/guardians
  • University rules prohibit members from living in the chapter house 
  • Employment prevents a chapter member from living in the chapter house 
  • The chapter house is fully occupied