Benefits of Membership

Scholarship

Above all else, you are attending college for academics and learning. Each individual chapter has academic requirements for membership and strives to assist their members with their studies through programs and tutoring.

Sisterhood

Being in a sorority is about making friendships that will last far beyond your college years. Your sorority sisters are there to challenge and support you. Mentoring is common in chapters and often assists members in making the transition to college.

Leadership

Greek Life abounds with opportunities to get involved in leadership within each chapter, as well as on campus. Officer positions are available in each chapter as well as committee work and council involvement. Chapters also have education programming, which will help you learn about opportunities available on campus.

Service

Giving back to the community is an essential part of chapter membership. Most chapters do service in the community as well as sponsor philanthropic events to raise money for charitable causes.

Tradition

Each chapter member helps to leave a legacy with the campus and chapter as they contribute to the dynamic group. You can help to model the way for the next group of members and college students. You can be part of a tradition at Cornell that is over 140 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fraternity or a sorority?

A fraternity or sorority is a group of men or women bound together by brotherhood or sisterhood, common goals, and aspirations. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship, and knowledge. Together these members learn, grow and make the fraternity and sorority stronger. Their common experience builds ties that last a lifetime. This forms a brotherhood or sisterhood amongst members which helps to develop strong and creative leadership leading to success.

Though there are many different fraternities and sororities here at Cornell, they all share common founding principles that are of interest any Cornell student. Fraternities and sororities enhance your educational experience by emphasizing intellectual, interpersonal, and social development. The ideals of lifelong friendship, sound education, campus and community service, and social interaction are what fraternity and sorority members strive to live by every day.

Fraternity and Sorority members are very cliquish, aren't they?

This could not be further from the truth.  Our fraternity and sorority students represent a large variety of ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds.  Students of all majors and interests are affiliated with a fraternity or sorority. One of the greatest aspects of Fraternity & Sorority Life is that each chapter offers something different to each member.  Also, many members of the Cornell Greek community are involved in various other organizations in addition to their specific chapter!  Panhellenic women are involved in numerous organizations outside of Greek Life, such as student government, athletics, the arts, community service organizations, clubs, and so much more!

Do fraternities and sororities take up a lot of time?

While each fraternity and sorority membership requirements differ, a general range for commitment is anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week.  Whether it be a community service project, planning an event, or regular weekly meetings, members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments such as schoolwork, a job, friends outside of their chapter, as well as other organizations that they are involved with.

It is important to note that during the initial New Member process more time will be required.  At the same time, each chapter understands the importance of scholarship and respects each New Member’s need to study.  Time management is important during this stage!

Aren't fraternities and sororities expensive?

Annual membership dues vary per semester.  An estimated range is anywhere from $200 to $900 each semester.  This cost is used to pay for the upkeep of the chapter’s suite, community service events, scholarships, intramurals, and many of the social events offered.

What is Recruitment?

Recruitment is the time when Sororities and Fraternities seek and recruit new members. The recruitment events are at different times for men and for women.  Panhellenic Recruitment is a time when women interested in Greek life have the opportunity to visit the various sorority chapters and to see what each has to offer. For more information regarding Recruitment, please feel free to either browse this site or to email the Vice President of Formal Membership Recruitment.

If I go through Recruitment, do I have to join?

No. Recruitment is a time to see what Sorority Life can offer to you.  We invite you to explore the various opportunities available to you as a Cornell Greek! Going through Recruitment and its functions does not commit you to joining in anyway!

What is Bid Day?

Bid Day is when women pick up their invitations to join a sorority.  Bid Day takes place after the last round of recruitment, Preference Night. This is an extremely exciting time as it is the first time that your New Member class will come together.

What if I'm interested, but I'm still not sure about Greek life?

Many of the women in the Cornell Greek Community came into Cornell unsure if Greek Life was for them as well. Many of them now wonder what they would be doing without their sisters and the wonderful opportunities presented to them as a Cornell Greek Woman. Remember, we are here to help YOU!  Please feel free to contact us and ask any questions that you might have about going Greek!