Have questions about sororities in general or common terminology? Take a look at About ISC and Sorority 101!
- In what format will this year’s recruitment take place?
Orientation will be online. Recruitment activities will be fully in person.
- Why are we being asked to submit a photo?
Given the number of PNMs who will participate in this year’s recruitment, we are asking for “headshots” as a reference of connecting applications with applicants for chapters. At the end of each day, chapters go through the entire list of people they met, which can be up to 400 people. Especially when there are multiple people with the same first name, it can get confusing at the end of a long day! These headshots will not become available to chapters until the second day of recruitment, and will not be factored into the membership selection process whatsoever. Your photo does not need to be professional in any way — a profile pic, selfie or cropped group photo is perfect.
- What is the current policy for PNMs with legacy status?
ISC will not include any questions regarding legacy status in this year’s registration form. For specific chapter policies, please refer to each chapter’s prospectus.
- What ISC sororities are at Stanford? Do they all participate in recruitment?
All six Panhellenic chapters participate in recruitment. The six Panhellenic sororities within Stanford’s Inter-Sorority Council are:
- Pi Beta Phi
- Kappa Kappa Gamma
- Kappa Alpha Theta
- Delta Delta Delta
- Chi Omega
- Alpha Phi
There are also two additional councils for sorority life at Stanford: the African-American Fraternal and Sororal Association (AAFSA) and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC.) Their recruitment occurs at different times and will be publicized through our FSL channels beforehand.
- Do I need recommendations from Greek friends or family for consideration during recruitment?
No, recommendations are not a part of the Recruitment process at Stanford. The only information we accept is the information you fill out during Registration. We believe that recruitment should be an all-inclusive process that focuses on individuals, regardless of their previous Greek affiliations.
- How should I prepare for recruitment?
Prior to recruitment, please make sure to Register through our application, which can be found on the Registration Page. In order to participate in recruitment, all PNMs are required to complete Potential New Member Orientation. This orientation will answer some of the questions you might have about recruitment and sororities. Above all, make sure to prioritize your physical, emotional, and mental health throughout this process.
- I need accommodations — who should I talk to?
There's an accommodation space on your PNM registration. We're committed to making this process accessible for everyone.
- What does ISC sorority membership cost?
Every chapter has unique dues and financial aid opportunities. Do not hesitate to ask chapter members questions because they expect to discuss the financial responsibilities associated with Greek life with PNMs. In general, dues are more expensive the first quarter you join a chapter. Spring quarter dues for new members are $468 on average and range from $380 to $530. For some chapters, the total new member fees occur during spring quarter your first year, while for others, they occur both spring of your first year and fall of the following year. After the first payment, yearly dues range from $600 to $767 (or on average $235 per quarter, with a range of $200 to $326.50 per quarter after your first quarter). Each chapter has varying financial aid opportunities and beyond this, the University’s Opportunity Fund can also be used to offset the cost of dues.
- What if I miss a night of recruitment?
If you cannot attend a round of recruitment, inform the ISC VPs of Recruitment. You will be asked to submit a short voice recording/video answering a series of values-based prompts. If you do not attend a round or an individual party within a round without informing ISC beforehand, you will no longer be eligible to participate in recruitment. We value participating in recruitment in good faith, which means being open to membership at and showing equal respect to each of the six sororities.
- Who is eligible for recruitment this quarter?
The Class of 2026 and all other classes are now eligible for recruitment.
- I am on an LOA — can I still participate in recruitment?
Due to University guidelines, students on LOAs are not currently eligible for recruitment. Upon returning from your LOA, you can participate in the next formal recruitment cycle or reach out to ISC about current Continuous Open Bidding opportunities.
- When do I register for recruitment? Are there any fees associated with registration?
It is free to register for recruitment. The deadline for registration is Sunday, April 2nd at 11:59 PM. Registration will open on March 1, 2023.
- What should I wear to recruitment?
There are no dress requirements or guidelines. Keep in mind that we will be having long days, so remember to wear something that is comfortable for you. The sororities will be wearing progressively more formal attire, with members wearing casual clothes on the first day, brunch-appropriate attire on the second day, and formal attire on the final day.
- What are Rho Gammas?
Rho Gammas serve as recruitment counselors throughout the process. They are current ISC members trained to help prospective members navigate the Recruitment process and facilitate a more accessible and enjoyable experience. All Rho Gammas remain disaffiliated from their respective chapters during Formal Recruitment and answer questions without bias or preference to particular chapters. Rho Gammas also provide information about the different days of recruitment, offer technical assistance during parties, and offer neutral support as students make decisions about membership.
- Do ISC organizations haze?
Hazing is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated. National Panhellenic, the Inter-Sorority Council, Stanford University, each individual chapter, and California state law prohibit any actions or situations, whether on or off campus, that may produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.
- I am non-binary/trans, can I join an ISC organization?
Absolutely! ISC organizations are home to a wide variety of identities. We strive to create sex-positive, identity-affirming and LGBTQIA-aware spaces. Chapters would also love to talk with you about identity and acceptance during recruitment, if you feel comfortable.
- What kind of philanthropy and community service are ISC organizations involved with?
Each chapter has its own national philanthropy it supports and typically holds at least one event for their philanthropies each quarter. Chapters may also work with local organizations for community service projects. Most philanthropy events are open to the entire Stanford community and are frequently attended by fellow Greek members. FSL also has formal partnerships with the Ronald McDonald house and Pacific Coast Beach Collective.
- What kinds of events do ISC organizations hold?
Community is a foundational value within ISC organizations. Chapters host many bonding events for members - these can range from movie nights to study nights to cooking nights! We encourage you to ask chapters what events they hold.
- How big of a time commitment is being in an ISC organization?
Like any other extracurricular activity, Greek life is a time commitment. In addition to weekly meetings, chapters schedule many different activities throughout the quarter, including social events, philanthropy and community service opportunities, hangouts, and attendance at other Stanford events. Stanford Greek students have the opportunity for a well-rounded college experience, and you get as much out of an ISC sorority as you want to put in. You can choose your level of involvement, whether you decide to be a member or become chapter president.
- How do you balance academics with ISC membership?
Chapters have high standards for members, including minimum GPAs that range per chapter between 2.5-3.0. Chapters also hold events to promote academic excellence, including but not limited to study halls, lunches with professors, and networking events. We encourage prospective members to ask chapters more about their programs during Recruitment parties.
- Do I have to miss a class for recruitment?
Recruitment will take place from Friday, April 14 to Monday, April 17 (Bid Day). Events on Friday may interfere with class scheduling; however, we try to accommodate people's schedules as much as possible. If you anticipate being unable to attend a party as a result, please let us know and we will work to accommodate you as best we can.