Recruitment FAQs

What is recruitment? 

Recruitment is the process through which you can join a sorority. Formal Recruitment​ is four days every Fall. Through a mutual selection process, you will choose between the six participating sororities, which are Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Phi Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi, and Sigma Kappa. Alpha Epsilon Phi does not participate in Formal Recruitment. Along with a few other sororities whose participation varies from year to year, Alpha Epsilon Phi participates in Informal Recruitment​, which lasts two weeks and happens during both the Fall and Spring semesters.

What is the recruitment schedule?

 Last year’s recruitment schedule can be seen here! This year’s schedule will by very similar.

How do I sign up for recruitment?

There is an online registration form here. If you have any specific questions, just shoot us a quick message in the “Contact Us” tab on the side or email us at sororities@mit.edu.

What are sororities?

Sororities are values-based Greek-letter organizations that have been at MIT for over 20 years. The sorority chapters at MIT are ΑΧΩ, ΑΕΦ, ΑΦ, ΔΦΕ, ΚΑΘ, ΠΒΦ, and ΣΚ.

In what type of activities do sororities participate on campus?

  • LEADERSHIP: Members of the Greek community have the opportunity to manage a budget, plan events for the Greek community, and meet alumnae who can give guidance for the future. Assuming leadership positions helps you to develop a skill set to deal with important issues that are easily transferred to the workforce for summer internships or jobs after graduation.
  • SERVICE: Sorority members volunteer countless hours to benefit local and national philanthropies. Community service events vary greatly from helping out at the local food bank, to tutoring at a local high school, to Boston area programs such as a Road Race to raise money for the Big Brother/Big Sister program of the Back Bay. Sororities make a positive difference in the Boston and Cambridge community.
  • SOCIAL: Sororities provide numerous social programs and activities for their members. With mixers, formals, retreats, and more, you will have many fun-filled activities to break up the monotony of working and studying.
  • SISTERHOOD: Greek life provides the opportunity to make friends for a lifetime. Sisterhood means living, working, growing, and sharing common experiences with a close group that will serve as a family away from home. Having sisters to rely on in any situation is what binds our sorority community together and keeps us going strong.

What is Panhel?

The MIT Panhellenic Association is the governing organization of all MIT sororities. Panhel coordinates Membership Recruitment, Greek Weekend, Women’s Professional Day, and other events to benefit sorority members. Panhel also serves as a resource for MIT’s seven sorority chapters; in the past, Panhel worked to improve the SafeRide Shuttle routes and present ideas to the MIT administration about how to improve the MIT student experience.

How much does it cost to be in a chapter?

Dues range from chapter to chapter. New member dues include many one time costs such as national/headquarter fees, initiation fee, and badge fee that are only paid during a sister’s first year of membership. Some sororities ask new members to pay these one-time costs Fall semester while others split these costs between Fall and Spring semester. Each chapter offers financial assistance and the MIT Panhellenic Association offers scholarships. For more information, please email panhel-exec@mit.edu.

If I join a sorority, do I have to move into the house?

Out of the seven sororities on campus, six have houses. The number of members who live in these facilities range from 25-60, so each of the sororities has different rules about moving into the house. Each sorority has unique circumstances, so be sure to ask during recruitment.

Will joining a sorority hurt my grades?

No! In fact, the sorority GPA average is a 4.48/5.0. Each sorority provides many academic resources including review sessions, quiet study areas, and upperclassmen major mentors.

How bad is the hazing?

Hazing is against the law, and all inter/national organizations have policies prohibiting hazing in any form. MIT takes hazing very seriously, and none of MIT’s seven sororities engage in hazing at any time. If you join a sorority at MIT, you will never be asked to do anything that you that makes you uncomfortable.

Are sororities LGBTQ-friendly?

Yes! Check out the sorority section of the Living Pink guide to learn more (though the information is somewhat old). We strongly support our members involved in Affiliated, a new student group for LGBTQ+ members of FSILGs. You can get in contact with them for more information about being LGBTQ+ in Greek communities!

What is a Pi Rho Chi?

Each person who goes through recruitment is assigned a Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, otherwise known as a Pi Rho Chi (PRC), who will guide her through the process. Each PRC is an unbiased, disaffiliated sorority member who is ready to discuss and answer questions about recruitment or sororities in general. They will be there to act as a counselor, advisor, and friend. You can view all of the current PRCs here.

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions, please e-mail sororities@mit.edu.