Life as a New Sorority Member

When someone accepts a bid to a sorority, her journey is just beginning.  For the first few weeks of membership, she is considered a new member.  She is still valued and treated with respect, but does not have full knowledge of the sorority's ritual and other secrets.  For some sororities, the new member education period lasts four weeks and for others, it is as long as eight weeks.  Our new member programs are prescribed by the sorority headquarters and monitored by local alumnae who advise our chapters.  Hazing is not an aspect of Panhellenic life at Auburn and is not something you should worry about.  A new member can expect to participate in the same activities and have the same responsibilities as initiated members.  

As a new member, you can expect:

  • To pay many one-time fees to the sorority as well as pay dues as regular members do.  First year cost average $1,900 and subsequent years average $1,700.
  • To attend weekly new member meetings where all new members will be taught about the history and values of the sorority as well as other important aspects of sorority life.
  • That your chapter will have weekly meetings.  Some sororities ask their new members to attend chapter meetings, others do not.  Some sorority members meet on Tuesday nights and some are on Wednesdays.
  • To be required to meet study hour requirements.  Sororities follow programs to help them succeed academically.  As soon as someone joins, she becomes responsible for meeting the sorority's academic requirements.
  • To be required to attend those things that other members are required to attend.  There are pep rallies, philanthropy events, speakers, and other things that your chapter will participate in and you will be asked to do your part.
  • To be held to the standards of membership that your chapter requires.  Every sorority has a set of bylaws and standards.  When a member violates these policies, she can be called to a hearing with chapter leadership.

As a new member, you can also expect:

  • To be provided with a copy of sorority policies and a calendar of the things you will be asked to attend.
  • To be provided with a big sister who will help you get acquainted with sorority life, life at Auburn University, and life in the Auburn community.
  • To attend sorority social events.  All sororities have socials for their members to attend.  Whether it's with a mixer with a fraternity, a date party with another sorority, or your own sorority having a formal, each sorority has at least two to three events each semester.  These events are fun but optional.
  • To attend new member swaps.  For these events, the new members of a sorority and the new members of a fraternity will get together for a fun activity.  These alcohol- free events usually happen early in the evening and are a great chance to get to know one another.  It is important that you know that you will not be paired with a guy or made to have a date for these events.
  • To be assisted in your academic pursuits.  All of our sororities have academic programs and offer help, resources, and scholarships for members.  The average sorority member has a higher GPA than the average undergraduate woman at Auburn.  This has been the case for over 30 years.
  • To be provided with extra help and structure as you adjust to college life.  It is a huge transition and some people worry that joining a sorority will make things more difficult, but this is not the case.  Sororities are large organizations with chapters on over 600 campuses.  We specialize in the enhancement of college life and know how to help our new members feel right at home.

Last Updated: 1/24/2017