Hopefully by now you have registered for sorority recruitment. You’ve already filled out your bio sheet/ resume when you registered. The sororities have access to these bios before you even walk through their door; they already know your GPA, involvement, etc. Truthfully, just on paper, not many girls stand out of the crowd (For that extra touch: take these resumes/ bio sheets seriously when you fill them out).
You’re thinking, “what else can I do to make myself be known before recruitment starts”?
Well there is certainly one thing you can do that requires just a little work on your part. Seek out any alumnae or collegiate woman you know from any of the sororities on campus (the alumna or collegiate woman does not have to be a graduate/ student of your school’s particular chapter) and ask them to write you a recommendation letter (Member Information Form) for her sorority. If a chapter receives a recommendation letter from an alumna on your behalf you aren’t guaranteed a bid of membership, but you will be given closer consideration.
Each sorority and/or school has a slightly different policy, so you’ll want to make sure you check it out before you ask anyone to write you a letter. We’ve conveniently linked to each NPC sorority’s policy at the bottom of this post. In regards to your college’s policy on recommendation letters…some require them, some recommend them and for others they are just extra help.
Here are some tips when asking for a recommendation letter:
1. Compile a list of activities you were involved in, officer positions you held, awards you won, scholarships you received, your intended college major, etc. to give to whomever is writing you a recommendation letter. No matter how well you know this person you want to make sure they have all of the information they need.
2. Give the person writing you a letter a few weeks notice before the due date. If you happen to stumble on this blog post 4 days before recruitment starts, don’t be afraid to ask someone still. The worst that can happen is they will say no. Be sure to apologize for the short notice.
3. Print off any pages that the person will need to fill out (you’ll find these at the national website of each sorority). Give the person writing you the recommendation these papers along with your list of activities and…
4. Provide any pre-addressed and stamped envelopes for anything that will need to be mailed to the chapter and the national organization. This way all she’ll need to do is drop them off at the post office.
5. If the recommendation process is done electronically be sure to send the direct link of information to the alumna.
6. Always write a thank you note! A gift is not necessary. However, if this person has written you a handful of recommendation letters (for colleges, scholarships, etc) recently, then you may think about a $5 gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Places like Target have great packages of blank thank you notes you can buy and keep on hand.
There’s still plenty of time for you to get your recommendation letters submitted to each sorority you may be interested in.
Links to Recommendation Letter Policies:
Alpha Chi Omega (Member must log in to access information)
Chi Omega (Member must log in to access information)
Delta Phi Epsilon (Member must log in to access information)
Kappa Kappa Gamma (Form will download automatically)
Phi Sigma Sigma (Member must log in to access information)
Sigma Sigma Sigma (Member must log in to access information)
Theta Phi Alpha (Member must log in to access information)
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