What are the financial obligations?
Sorority membership is for life, not just for the years that you are at SDSU. To cover the benefits of the lifetime membership, one-time fees are paid at the time of pledging and again at initiation. The average new member period, from bid day to initiation is six weeks. More complete financial information for each chapter will be provided for you during the recruitment process.
Average costs will vary by chapter:
Residence Halls: $4,250/semester (includes room and board)
Panhellenic Sorority Live-In Dues: $3,000/semester (includes room and board)
Panhellenic Sorority Live-Out Dues: $750/semester
One-time initiation and house fund assessments: $450 (initial semester)
As stated above, it can definitely be beneficial to live in a sorority house compared to the cost of the residence halls or even the added costs that come with living in an apartment. And nothing can compare to the experience of living in a house with women from your sorority --simply stated, unforgettable memories.
What are the requirements to participate?
The SDSU Panhellenic Association requires that a student be in good standing with the University to participate in sorority recruitment. Potential members who are continuing students must have achieved a
minimum cumulative SDSU GPA of 2.20 or above; however, each chapter has its own college cumulative GPA requirement ranging from 2.3 - 2.5. Dual admits and open university students are ineligible to participate in the recruitment process.
Do I go through this process alone?
Not at all. Each potential member is assigned to a Recruitment group of about 20-25 women, and each group has a Sorority Recruitment Counselor.
Sorority Recruitment Counselors are active sorority members who have temporarily dropped their chapter affiliation during the Recruitment week so they can maintain an objective outlook. Each Recruitment Counselor goes through extensive training. In addition, Recruitment Counselors bring to their position their experiences as an active sorority member and a former recruitment participant. They serve as a friend
and advisor and will do their best to make your Recruitment experience the best it can be!
In addition, you’ll find that the members of your recruitment group will provide mutual support – and regardless of which house you join, you’ll have already made many friends at SDSU through the Recruitment process!
What if I have to miss a Recruitment event?
It is very important to attend all of the Recruitment events to which you are invited. Unexcused absences hamper the opportunity to see each and every house for the full experience. Excuses are granted for illness, family emergencies, class attendance, and religious observances, provided you notify your Recruitment Counselor at Recruitment orientation so that the chapters can be informed.
We strongly recommend that you request work off ahead of time during the Recruitment events
if at all possible.
Do I need to get recommendations?
Letters of recommendation are not necessary in order to participate in Recruitment at SDSU. The registration form serves as your introduction to the chapters on campus. However, if a friend or family member who is an
alumna of a sorority with a chapter at SDSU wishes to write you a recommendation, she can mail address it to the "Recruitment Chair" of her sorority and mail it to:
SDSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life
5500 Campanile Drive MC-7440
San Diego, CA 92182
We will then place it in the mailbox of the chapter and ensure that all mail is properly distributed. Some chapters may have their alumnae contact the personal references you list on the registration form or sorority alumnae in your hometown to obtain a reference. Don't worry if you don't know any sorority alumnae; this
does not affect your chances of joining a sorority.