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Cornell Sorority Rush Questions?!

youdontknowme191youdontknowme191 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited January 2014 in Cornell University
Hi guys,

I'm a current freshman majoring in engineering at Cornell. I haven't quite made up my mind on whether I want to rush or not and had some questions.

1. If I go through the whole process, what are the chances that I'll get a bid?

2. Being an engineer, is it possible to have enough time for a sorority?

3. This question's for girls in a sorority. How close are you with your sisters? Is there still a lot of girl drama?

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Replies to: Cornell Sorority Rush Questions?!

  • youdontknowme191youdontknowme191 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Also, I'm asian. Will that put me at any disadvantage?
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 23,011 Senior Member
    I hope current students will post. I am a parent with 2 daughters in the same sorority, so I have gone through 2 rounds of rush. My younger daughter's roommate is in CoE, and there are girls in varsity sports with rigorous majors. They all seem to have time to go to mixers.

    If you go through the whole process with open mind, instead of "I have to get into these top tier houses," you will most likely get a bid.

    My kid's sorority has Eurasians, Asians, and various other race. I don't think you will be disadvantaged, but if your race is an issue at a house then it is probably not the right house for you anyway. Try to look for fit instead of a house's reputation.

    If you are going to rush, make sure you have necessary outfits for each day. Cornell's rush week is nothing like schools down south, but it is still intense and tiring, but also fun. You'll get to meet a lot of people you otherwise wouldn't.

    My older daughter graduated from Cornell almost 3 years ago. She still sees her sorority sisters regularly. My younger one is beginning to form some strong relationship with girls in the house now. There will always be drama when you get a lot of girls together, but from what I have gathered, there has been a lot more good than bad.

    Good luck, and have fun.
  • youdontknowme191youdontknowme191 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Thanks for answering! Any other people care to comment? :)
  • CNellgal94CNellgal94 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hi! I'm a current student and in a sorority, and I know girls who are engineers in sororities!! Depending on how good your time management skills are being in a sorority and being an engineer shouldn't be that difficult. Also sororities accept girls of all diversities, being Asian will in no way affect your chances. Not every girl who rushes will get a bid, but most do, some girls also learn that rush isn't for them. My best advice is that you should go into rush with an open mind and if it's not for you, that's fine! If it is for you, that's fine too!
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 5,409 Senior Member
    Says it all "If you are going to rush, make sure you have necessary outfits for each day."
  • kate244kate244 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Rush is a great experience and I would encourage anyone to go through it.

    Plenty of engineers, asians, and Asian engineers join!

    I have noticed international students from Asian countries (mostly China and Korea) getting cut from all the houses due to a thick accent -- a problem Cornell's greek life should strive to overcome.

    Be warned, getting a bid is competitive. Girls who drop frequently dropped when they were cut from every house. It is not uncommon to have been cut from all after 3rd or 4th day -- even the sorority which was said to take everyone and had a PC over quota.

    Eh, to be honest, I don't know my sisters yet (rising sophomore). But I will say that they are all incredibly supportive and helpful! I know of NO girl drama.
  • sabergirl96sabergirl96 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I have a question! I/'m paying for my potential involvement in greek life by myself- I have a campus job. I was wondering if it would be detrimental for me to ask about payment plans for dues at the beginning of the recruitment process, or towards the end. Should I be upfront. Should I ask my rho gamma?
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 23,011 Senior Member
    Ask your rho gamma at the end. I am not sure if sorority sisters would know about payment plans anyway. I get a bill from the school (bursar) for the dues. I pay it as soon as I am billed. You may want to call up the bursar to see what they say.
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