What is the Panhellenic Council?
Tufts Panhellenic Council is a student-run governing body for the three National Panhellenic (NPC) sororities on campus. The Council works to promote women’s empowerment through programming and awareness activities, as well as foster a sense of community between all three organizations.
Am I eligible to join a sorority?
Sorority life is open to any female identifying Tufts students who meet the additional eligibility requirements established by Tufts. To be eligible to participate in recruitment you must have completed at least one academic year at Tufts (or the equivalent credits if a transfer student), maintain a GPA of 2.5 (Arts and Sciences) or 2.3 (Engineering). Additionally, you must be in “good standing” with the University according to the terms of the Student Handbook. Finally, any students who sign the MRABA and receive a bid from a Panhellenic sorority are not eligible to participate in recruitment until one calendar year has passed, or the next primary recruitment occurs.
What happens if I can't attend one of the meetings/recruitment dates due to a conflict?
As chapters we are very understanding of conflicts and there should never be a time where you are penalized for having to miss an event due to one! That said, the new member process is a time commitment, so if you have any concerns please reach out!
As for recruitment, we hope to ensure that conflicts impact your recruitment experience as little as possible. To learn more about our policies, please go here. The deadline to submit your conflicts is September 13th at 11:59 pm. With any questions regarding scheduling or legitimate conflicts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a last minute conflict, please contact your Recruitment Guides and they will give you more instructions on how to handle this.
Any advice going into recruitment?
Keep an open mind. I cannot stress this enough. No amount of social status, hierarchy, rumors, or gossip holds any water in comparison to the actual, real, genuine living and breathing women each chapter has in its midst. You may meet some of the most incredible people in a chapter you never expected. There’s a chance you won’t get into the sorority you loved the most. It’s okay to be upset about that; just know that each chapter has a fabulous culture and a fabulous group of girls, and entering each conversation with a positive, engaged, and receptive attitude ultimately benefits you the most. Look beyond the stereotypes, look beyond whatever conceived social strata and culture you and others around you believe exists, and CONNECT with people! there are almost if not more than 100 intelligent, talented, & passionate women in each chapter. So I can guarantee you that you will meet someone who shatters your expectations!
Recruitment is long and exhausting. It’s hard to put yourself in a position where you feel constantly evaluated and vulnerable. Especially through the later rounds when the number of parties you are invite back to dwindles, it can be incredibly hard to not take that experience as a personal reflection on your own self worth. Just know that each of you are incredible, strong, wonderful beings in your own right independent of how recruitment goes. Use the Recruitment Guides as a source of support, and come to the Panhellenic Council to talk through any emotions. We are here for YOU and we want to be there for you in whatever way we can.
Despite the frenzy that recruitment can be, it is a personal and introspective process. You should not be making collective decisions with your friends because what might be the right place for them may not be the right place for you. Many women choose to go through recruitment in order to branch out and meet new people, so try not to hinder yourself from doing that!
Relax! Breathe!! Recruitment is supposed to be fun & a time for you to get to know new people! However this is also THE time to be your most authentic self. We all want to get to know the real you! Tell us about your passions, quirks, talents, interests, etc! We want to know what makes YOU so special & unique!! There is no cookie cutter mold or one kind of girl any chapter is looking for so please don’t try to be someone you’re not or think that you have to change/hide parts of yourself to fit into a specific chapter!!!
What is the MRABA?
The MRABA stands for: Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement. Students interested in joining a sorority sign this form on the last night of primary recruitment. By signing the MRABA, a student agrees to accept a bid from any of the chapters whose event they attended on the final night of recruitment. If a student signs this form and then chooses to decline a bid, they are ineligible to receive another bid from a Panhellenic sorority for one calendar year, or until the next primary recruitment. If a student signs the MRABA but does not receive a bid (this can occur if a student breaks the conditions of the hollistic Bid System by not attending all of the events to which they were invited), they are still eligible to participate in informal recruitment the following semester if they so choose.
Is there a dress code for recruitment?
There is no dress code for recruitment this year--please come as you are! And we really do mean that! If you’re coming straight from sports practice, come in your uniform! Had a long study session in Tisch? Leggings and a t-shirt are just fine with us. It is only important to us that you wear whatever you feel comfortable in!
What should I bring to recruitment?
The only things you need to bring are yourself, an open mind, and your cell phone! We’ll be conducting rankings electronically, so having some sort of device with internet connection will be good to have on hand
What are dues?
Dues are fees that are paid to your sorority each semester. Each individual chapter's dues can be found on our website HERE. Dues cover a variety of aspects of sorority life including: sisterhood retreats, programming, tee shirts, Formal, and house taxes. Depending on the chapter there may be some costs that are not included in dues (extra shirts, philanthropy contributions, etc.) and for more specific information, you will have to reach out to chapter leadership.
Important Note: There is no fee to go through Recruitment.
Are there any financial aid options?
Each chapter is unique and may have different options for dues assistance. For that information, check out our financial tab and please talk to chapter leadership (or ask these questions during recruitment!)
As a Panhellenic Council, however, we recently started the Panhellenic Scholarship, which will be awarded through an application process verifying demonstrated need and asking for a personal statement (among other things).
The application opens on August 1st, 2019 and will close September 13th, 2019 at 11:59 pm. To learn more and see if you are eligible to apply, go HERE. To apply, go HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email email@example.com.
What types of philanthropy is each chapter involved with?
Alpha Phi: The Alpha Phi Foundation for Women’s Heart Health
Chi Omega: The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Kappa Alpha Theta: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
What types of community service do people in Greek Life participate in? How often do sororities typically host events or fundraisers?
Each sorority typically holds one event per semester in order to raise funds for their respective philanthropy. Beyond this, we encourage members to attend the events of other Panhellenic chapters and Greek organizations, as well as host small community service based events throughout the year (examples include: clothing swap and donations for local women’s shelters, participation in Kids Day and Read by the River, community trash cleanup, etc.) Each chapter has their own special programming, but typically there are several sisterhood or chapter specific events throughout the year for members! The best way to learn more is to ask a sister during recruitment!
What is the time commitment?
Although the time commitment varies week by week, for new members it typically is about one to two meetings a week with several optional bonding events with sisters, of which many choose to attend. Once initiated, the time commitment is entirely up to the sister, beyond mandatory one hour chapter meetings: some choose to take leadership positions and dedicate more of their time others dont and thats ok!
what does a typical week look like?
This is difficult to answer given that each chapter has their own individual programming and many events are particular to specific weeks. Typically, a week will contain chapter meeting, an event with your new member class, a new member education meeting or hazing prevention meeting with the OFSL, lunch meetings with sisters, and other optional bonding events. Depending on the week there may be traditions specific to each sorority, big/little week events, etc.
Are sororities divided into age groups?
Sorority activities are not divided by age groups, however the first semester typically consists of the “new member process” in which the chapter leadership facilitates bonding with members of your own recruitment cycle, or “new member class.” Not to worry, though: chapters typically facilitate spaces for new members and sisters to meet throughout the semester, and you’ll have every opportunity to bond with sisters from all different age groups and walks of life!
What is the housing situation?
Each of the three chapters has a house! There is no housing requirement for new members regardless of sorority, but if you are interested in living in the house that is an option that will likely be easily available for your Junior and Senior years! Be sure to ask sisters any questions about living in the house you might have during recruitment!
Due to the new tiered housing system Tufts will is implementing this Fall 2019, the prices of will vary from a general on campus dorm-style room. Prices can be found here: http://students.tufts.edu/student-affairs/residential-life/campus-housing.
How involved is Greek Life when it comes to the community outside of Tufts?
Each sorority is of course involved with the outside community through its specific philanthropy organization. Oftentimes sororities will also host smaller community service events throughout the year, as well as participate in non-greek life community service events such as Read by the River, Relay for Life and more! In addition to this, the Panhellenic Council funds transportation to the annual BARCC (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center) Walk for sorority members who are interested in attending! The wonderful thing about the structure setup for sororities is that the events each individual chapter partakes in depends on the desires of that chapter and its member, and any member (even you, soon!) has the ability to advocate for and work with their chapter to plan an activity they feel is important
What are the long-term benefits of Greek Life?
Speaking specifically about Panhellenic Sororities, one of the many long term benefits is the sheer amount of leadership opportunities available. Given that these chapters are primarily student run, members have every opportunity to voice their own ideas and implement change. Greek Life is by no means perfect and has a long way to go before it is capable of fully addressing the nature of its institution, but sisters may act as instruments to critique, challenge, and better the community, all of which generate absolutely priceless lifelong skills.
Further, many chapters you see on campus is a small yet significant part of a national organization, with thousands of alumnae in every corner of the world. These connections foster opportunities for new careers, new academics, and new friends!
There are a set of experiences that come with living and participating in this society while identifying as a woman, many of which include feeling silenced, discriminated against, and less valued. Sororities empower its members to challenge these experiences, to build female friendships that transcend societally constructed limitations, and to inspire confidence in themselves and their abilities.