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Pledging the Philomathian Sorority Facts

"People ask why I am in a sorority and I try to explain all the things a sorority is that they cannot see. A sorority is more than letters on a sweatshirt, I say. More than traditional songs, a book, rituals, and obligation, or a way of life. A sorority is learning about people, a sorority is giving without expecting a return. A sorority is earning respect from others, as well as for yourself. A sorority will not solve all your problems. But I have made good friends and found confidence there to help me take life one step at a time."
 

When can I join a fraternity or sorority?

You can join as a freshman or at any time during your college career. Most recruitment processes take place during the first month fall and spring semesters.

What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a fraternity or sorority?

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There is no minimum or maximum time that a student must spend with the fraternity or sorority. Through involvement with the sorority, students will learn to better manage their time, balance academics, work and other commitments. Members find that being active in a sorority is well worth the time that they put into it.

What about pledging and hazing?

Each new member participates in a period of orientation, where they attend meetings and learn about the history of the chapter, the university, and the values shared by each chapter across the nation. Hazing is opposed by all sororities and fraternities and is not tolerated.

What do sororities have to offer?

Friendship

  • Sororities enable women to establish strong friendships, often lasting beyond the collegiate years. Affiliation provides students with an opportunity to interact with members of all ages, and meet people within their sorority community, brother fraternity and other student organizations. Membership also offers students a network of support while making the transition to college life.
Leadership and Involvement

  • Sororities are self-governing bodies in which the members take on the responsibilities and offices of the chapter. This hands-on experience teaches leadership skills, and allows them to interact and make connections with other organizations and departments on campus. This experience is valuable for the future in that the student learns the importance of working with others, and responsibility for their actions.
Service

  • One of the most gratifying aspects of sorority life is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes from involvement in community service. Fraternities and sororities throughout the nation recognize local and national organizations in need of aid, and donate time and money through their special philanthropies and service projects. Members at VCSU are heavily involved with Breast Cancer Awareness, Relay for Life, and the Special Olympics. Whether raising money or donating time, service is an important part of the fraternity and sorority experience.

The following are some statistics about greek life:

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  • - As undergraduates, Greeks raise approximately $7 million per year for charities.
  • - As undergraduates, Greeks give approximately 850,000 volunteer hours per year.
  • - Forty-three of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate are members of a fraternity or sorority.
  • - Thirty-Six percent of the House of Representatives are members of a sorority or fraternity.
  • - Of North America's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greek men and women, 30% of all Fortune 500's.
  • - 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices have been and are Greek.
  • - 63% of all U.S. Cabinet members since 1900 have been and are Greek.
  • - All of the Apollo 11 astronauts were Greek.
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