There is a web site explains the steps involved in getting into a sorority, generally speaking. Here is some of what it says about recommendations:
"Some schools, mainly competitive Southern schools, require recommendations for someone to have a shot at joining a chapter. This is never stated outright. Generally recruitment information says something along the lines of “recommendations are not required at XYZ University. It is the responsibility of the chapter to obtain a letter of recommendation for a potential new member if the chapter requires one.” What this means is that if you are totally outstanding, the chapter will find an alumna to write a rec for you. But if you don’t wow them, lack of a recommendation might result in you getting cut. But why make it come to that? It is much easier to obtain a recommendation for every chapter at the college you will be rushing and have them submitted long before rush starts. Many cities have a Panhellenic association in their town that you can contact to get recommendations."
To all of this I say, to each his own. I found the web site while looking up an acronym - I saw someone referring to a PNM, didn't know what they were talking about, and googled. Here is the web site, in case it is helpful to anyone.
Yes, southernbelle you were rude. A true southern lady is not.
Now to MidwestMom...
Its been a few years since D rushed at TAMU. S is active at UT now. The advice I give, seeing friends daughters as officers at UT sororities now plus having S there now, is UT sorority rush is a crapshoot. Double legacies sometimes don't make the cut; some bright beautiful blondes with boobs don't make the cut at the sororities they like. You are however, GUARANTEED a bid if you stick it out to the bitter end. If you are NOT from D/FW, Houston, San Antonio it is harder to make it into the more desirable houses, plus the high school you attended there makes a difference. Even for guys, it helps if you have been in the same herd all along, and that people KNOW you prior to getting to UT. My S started going to fraternity parties for recruitment (Roundups) late in his jr year of high school.
The clothing is pretty rigid for each round; they want to remember the girl, not the outfit. A few years ago the place to go was Harolds, but I don't know if that is still current. Try to make contact early, filling out the forms online and letting them know you are interested. If she makes it in, expect to drop big bucks at St Thomas for formals while she is there.
The D of friend who is an officer at a decent, though not great, sorority explained how they actually make posters profiling the girls who they want, and will seek them out. It actually sounds like they put more planning into Rush than Bush and his cronies did into invading Iraq. They are looking for people who are outgoing, are bubbly and can handle the pressure of rush. If your daughter is shy, it is going to be harder. So throw her into new social situations at home; let her "practice" meeting strangers, and making small talk. SHE WILL NEED TO SHINE DURING RUSH. ( Think forcing her to go to those things she doesn't want to now, like family functions from your job, etc) I would NOT buy a lot of clothes now. What was the uniform in high school will not cut it at UT.I think every Greek freshman at UT has a closet full of unworn Hollister and Abercrombie. (Although non-greeks will still wear it, and it is still ok at TAMU) Keep some money to be spent on clothes that you discover you have to have when you get there (last year the sorority football game day uniform consisted of short sundresses with cowboy boots. No comment on how it looked)
In short, I am glad the D rushed where she did, and the S went thru UT. I think UT is easier on the guys...
Last edited by aggiemom39; 02-18-2008 at 01:02 PM.
Hi! I'm actually interested in rushing at UTAustin as well and I've had a lot of trouble figuring out the answers to some questions I have about everything! Here goes...
What are the different UTAustin sorority reputations?
How much of a time commitment can I expect?
When does rush stuff start?
What exactly is necessary for rushing? (i.e. letters of rec. etc.) and when does this need to be done?
How much are dues?
I also recently got into LAH at UT and I'm wondering how hard it's going to be to balance the two! Thanks so much
I know nothing about sororities, but shortly before my grandmother died she gave me her mother's Pi Beta Phi ring. It's been in the family for awhile and I thought it'd be cool to continue the tradition. What is the rep of UT's chapter? And I think I'm missing something with the whole outfit thing. During rush do they make judgments on your appearance alone?