Recruitment FAQs

What is recruitment?

Recruitment is a 4-day process designed to introduce you to MIT sorority life and to ultimately help you in your mutual selection of one of six sororities. You will have a chance to meet women from all of MIT’s sororities.

What is the recruitment schedule?

 The Recruitment Schedule can be seen here

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 emails 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, 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 alumni 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 women 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 mean 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 six 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. For Fall 2010, dues for new members will range from $455 – $676. Spring 2011 new member dues range from $270 – $596. 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. For second, third, and fourth year sisters, dues range from $280-$543 per semester. Each chapter offers financial assistance and the Boston Alumni Panhellenic Association offers dues scholarships. For more information, please check out the Recruitment Guide or talk to each chapter’s Vice President of Finance during the second day of recruitment.

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

Out of the six sororities on campus, five have houses. The number of women who live in these facilities range from 25-60, so each of the sororities has different rules about moving into the house. Although you will not be required to move into the house, we strongly urge you to consider it. 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 a 4.39/5.0. Each sorority provides many academic resources including review sessions, quite 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 six 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.

What is a Pi Rho Chi?

Each woman 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. She 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.