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 go toward leadership training, program development, chapter maintenance and a lifetime subscription to The Crescent, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority’s magazine.
According to the U.S. Office of Education, less than two percent of the average college student's expenses go toward sorority/fraternity dues.
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. View Gamma Phi Beta’s Legacy Policy
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 Crescent, Gamma Phi Beta’s magazine, will be sent to your home address until your daughter graduates; read The Crescent and discover more about Gamma Phi Beta news, activities and programs. Many chapters also host a parents’ weekend during which parents can learn more about the Sorority, meet your daughter’s Gamma Phi Beta sisters and tour the chapter facilities.
Parents Clubs are also a welcome source of support for a collegiate chapter and provide an opportunity for parents of chapter members to get acquainted. Parents who participate in a Parents Club know and understand their daughter’s enthusiasm for Gamma Phi Beta and are able to share in their daughter’s sorority experiences. A mother’s/parent’s pin is also available for purchase and may be worn by parents of initiated members to show support for their daughter and the Sorority.
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 laws and to abide by the Sorority’s policies and standards. Our Sorority provides significant resources to educate our members about alcohol and substance abuse.
Gamma Phi Beta has strict guidelines for hosting any social event, and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment at all times for members. If any policies are violated, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority will investigate and ensure that additional education and appropriate disciplinary measures are instituted to ensure policy adherence.
What is hazing?
According to www.hazingprevention.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 chapter or colony.
For more information on Gamma Phi Beta’s commitment to hazing prevention, click here.
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 our chapters to exceed the required minimums.
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 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 chapter member from living in the chapter house
- The chapter house is fully occupied
Learn more about Gamma Phi Beta housing by clicking here.
How can I purchase Gamma Phi Beta items for my daughter?
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority has more than 200 licensed vendors who are authorized to sell official, high-quality Gamma Phi Beta merchandise. To shop our wide variety of official merchandise, click here.