Parent Questions

Is it true that hazing is prohibited by National Panhel? How will joining a sorority help my daughter in her classes? What is a philanthropy? What kind of women join sororities here at MIT? Here we address all your concerns.

What is a sorority/women’s fraternity?

Sororities are values-based Greek-letter organizations that have been at MIT for over 20 years. The MIT sorority chapters are:

  • ΑΧΩ – Alpha Chi Omega
  • ΑΕΦ – Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • ΑΦ – Alpha Phi
  • ΚΑΘ – Kappa Alpha Theta
  • ΠΒΦ – Pi Beta Phi
  • ΣΚ – Sigma Kappa

What are the practical benefits of membership?

Sorority membership offers many practical benefits to its members. All MIT sororities provide scholarship opportunities to members. There are numerous chances to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through attending seminars and holding officer and committee positions within the chapter. Volunteering within the community sets a pattern of lifelong service to others. On top of that, sororities offer a lifetime of networking with women of all ages throughout the world.

What is the cost of membership?

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 email sororities@mit.edu.

What about the use of alcohol & controlled substances, irresponsible behavior, and hazing?

Every MIT sorority expects its members to obey all local, state, and federal laws and to abide by the organization’s policies, guidelines, and standards. Each group allocates resources to educate its members about alcohol and substance abuse.

Furthermore:

  • Alcohol is not allowed in any of the five chapter houses.
  • The illegal use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances is not tolerated by any of MIT’s sororities.
  • Hazing is against the law, and all inter/national organizations have policies prohibiting hazing in any form.

MIT sororities provide extensive guidelines for hosting social events, and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment for their members. If an incident occurs where policies are violated, the organization intervenes with disciplinary measures and further education to achieve a heightened level of safety at events.

How can membership assist my daughter in succeeding academically?

All MIT sororities expect every member to strive to fulfill her academic potential. Groups offer assistance in varying ways including review sessions, quite study areas, and upperclassmen major mentors.

My daughter will make friends in her dormitory and classes. What would be different about sorority friends?

Membership in a sorority is a living and learning experience for women with shared values and objectives. Chapter members develop a special bond of sisterhood. These friendships last beyond the college years and are nurtured by alumnae activities and networking programs that provide opportunities for continued camaraderie, service, and personal development.

How does my daughter get involved?

To join a sorority, women participate in the formal recruitment process before Fall Semester classes begin. Potential New Members visit all of the sorority houses and meet women from every chapter. Women who would like to participate in recruitment should register online at panhel.mit.edu.

What is the Panhellenic Association?

The MIT Panhellenic Association is the governing organization of all MIT sororities. The Panhellenic community includes over 600 undergraduate women women, making it the largest women’s group on campus. Members of the MIT Panhellenic Association are known for being the most active and involved women on MIT’s campus.

I still have questions about the sorority system: who should I contact?

Send an email to sororities@mit.edu, and we will try to address your question as best we can. You might also want to check out the Recruitment FAQs for further questions usually asked by the students. You may also just click on the “Contact Us” tab on the right.