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 more about our sisterhood and decide which sorority is the best fit for them. Membership in a sorority is voluntary and is the result of a mutual selection process.
How do I get involved?
The most common way to pledge a sorority is through formal recruitment. Most college campuses with multiple sororities have an organization called Panhellenic— the governing body that organizes activities among sorority chapters. Panhellenic organizes the time and events that make up formal recruitment.
You can participate in recruitment by registering with your college Panhellenic, which may be located in the office of student activities or student life. Many college Panhellenics have electronic registration, available through university websites.
If there isn't a college Panhellenic on your campus, contact both your university/college administration as well as the National Panhellenic Conference for information regarding procedures and approvals for establishing a campus Panhellenic.
How much does it cost to become a member of Gamma Phi Beta?
Each Gamma Phi Beta collegiate chapter has fixed expenses including dues, new member fees and housing fees (determined by the chapter). Additional expenses include international initiation fees and membership badge fees. During recruitment, a detailed statement of member financial obligations should be provided by the Panhellenic or student life office.
Membership fees go toward leadership training, program development, chapter maintenance and support of international Sorority initiatives.
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. (Note: grades are determined at pledging, not at time of Initiation.) Minimum scholastic standards for our members and officers are established by the chapter as we encourage them to exceed the required minimums.
How can I recommend a potential new member?
To recommend a woman entering sorority recruitment, please complete our Reference Form and send to the chapter's alumnae reference chairwoman (ARC) or the chapter at the college/university the potential new member will attend. Reference Forms are available on the Recommend a New Member page.
Does Gamma Phi Beta offer financial assistance or scholarships to collegiate and alumnae members?
The Gamma Phi Beta Foundation provides financial aid, scholarships and grants-in-aid to both collegiate and alumnae members. Please click here for more details.
Do all initiated members need to live in the chapter house?
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority policy states that all initiated chapter members live in the chapter house unless:
The member is living at home with her parents/guardians
University rules prohibit members from living in the chapter house
Employment prevents a member from living in the chapter house
The chapter house is fully occupied
What is different about sorority friends?
Membership in Gamma Phi Beta is a living and learning experience for women with shared values and objectives. You and other chapter members will develop a special bond of sisterhood. The friendships you make in Gamma Phi Beta last beyond your collegiate years and are nurtured by alumnae activities and networking programs that provide opportunities for continued camaraderie, service and personal development.
What is a legacy?
A legacy is a sister, daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a member of Gamma Phi Beta, including the step version of each of these relations. Click here for our Legacy Policy.
What are Gamma Phi Betas policies on the use of alcohol and illegal substances?
Gamma Phi Beta expects its members to obey all laws and to abide by the Sorority's policies and standards. Our Sorority provides significant resources to educate our members on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has strict guidelines for hosting any social event and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment for all members. If any policies are violated, Gamma Phi Beta will intervene with appropriate disciplinary measures and additional education to achieve a better level of safety at chapter events.
What is hazing?
According to antihazing.org, hazing is defined as: any action or situation, with or without consent, which recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group.
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority is committed to the prevention of hazing and views any form of hazing as a violation of our mission and purpose. Our Sorority has taken an active role in numerous initiatives to educate our members and provide tools to encourage a healthy, safe and productive sorority experience.
- Gamma Phi Beta is a primary sponsor of hazingprevention.org, a non-profit organization that encourages healthy and productive experiences for new members of fraternities and sororities.
- Gamma Phi Beta is a founding sponsor of an anti-hazing hotline that any individual can use to anonymously report suspected hazing incidents (1.888.NOT.HAZE or 1.888.668.4293).
- The Sorority was a leading proponent of the development of "RESPONSE_ABILITY", a video created by the Greek Video Consortium that helps men and women develop understanding, skills and positive group behavior to eradicate hazing on all campuses.