Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does it cost to be a member of a sorority?
Given the benefits provided, Greek membership is a bargain. However, students should consider the costs in planning their personal budgets.The first semester joining a sorority is the most expensive. National and local dues for members of sororities who live out of the chapter house total about $500 per semester. In addition, there are one-time initiation and house fund assessments, which average $450 and are paid during the first semester. Members may choose to spend money to attend formals and social events and purchase sorority apparel. Since it is a financial commitment potential new members are encouraged to discuss the benefits and costs with their parents and consider whether they can commit before signing up for recruitment.
2. How much time does sorority life require?
How much you get out of your Greek membership is related to how much you put in. On average, members can expect to contribute four hours per week for meetings and mandatory activities. Optional activities such as holding an office, attending social events, playing on an intramural sports team, or helping out with various projects will of course take additional time. With good time management, your Greek activities will easily fit into your weekly schedule and allow plenty of time for classes, studying, work, and participation in other campus activities.
3. What is hazing, and do Chico State NPC sororities haze?
Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Hazing is forbidden by all fraternity and sorority organizations in the State of California, the North-American Interfraternity Conference, The National Panhellenic Conference, and California State University, Chico. To ensure that activities defined as hazing do not occur, all NPC affiliated sororities have their own risk management programs and policies regarding hazing. California State University, Chico's hazing policy can be found within the CSUC University Catalog under policies and regulations. Anyone who suspects hazing is occurring should confront the CSU Chico Greek Life Office at 530-898-5396.
4. I've heard that sororities have various reputations - how do I handle this information?
Sorority chapters are composed of many individuals with their own special qualities and talents which contribute to the entire group. Each chapter of a sorority is different from campus to campus and from year to year. When considering a membership in a chapter, the only opinion that matters is your own. If you allow somebody else's perception to influence you, you will not be satisfied with your choices in recruitment. Remember that you are choosing a sisterhood, not a reputation.
5. If I go through recruitment am I obligated to join?
Absolutely not. Recruitment is a time to meet members of our sororities and assess whether you wish to join a sorority. You are encouraged to participate in Recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity to learn about sorority life. If you decide not to join, you still will have made several friends throughout the recruitment process and now you will be a little more familiar with their experiences as a sorority member.
6. How do I decide which sororities I prefer?
Each potential new member will have a different experience in each group. Ask yourself a few questions as you participate in recruitment: Are these women you can truly feel are your sisters? Are the goals of the organization similar to your own? A sorority should be a second home. The answers to your questions should guide you to the right house for you. Your Recruitment Counselor will also be of great help in guiding you through the recruitment process and figuring out which chapter is the best fit for you.
7. What if I turn down a bid that I receive?
If you receive a bid through Spring Formal Recruitment and decide not to accept it, you may not participate in recruitment until the next Spring Formal Recruitment and you may not participate in Continuous Open Bidding. We urge you to think very carefully before turning down a bid. Emotions have a tendency to cloud thinking and judgment. Please give yourself and the sorority a chance to prove that you made the right choice.