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Welcome

We’re excited you’ve chosen UT Dallas as your home! Here, sorority women are well-rounded individuals who strive for excellence in everything they do, whether in academics, sports or other leadership roles. We take pride in our Panhellenic community, and we sincerely hope you consider joining our tradition of excellence. Good luck, and go Comets!

Shweta Krishnan, President
Anisha Amin, VP of Recruitment
Kevin Saberre Jr., Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

About CPC

group photo of CPC officers

The College Panhellenic Council (CPC), or Panhellenic, is UT Dallas’ coordinating body of the four National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus. The council is composed of six executive board members and a delegate from each sorority. Members are current sorority women who have disaffiliated from their chapters during recruitment to provide unbiased planning and support.

Panhellenic strengthens the Greek community and is responsible for promoting scholarship, philanthropy and safety. Panhellenic provides activities and programs throughout the year to address current issues affecting college women.

Shweta Krishnan , president
Kimberly Goodland, vice president
Anisha Amin, recruitment
Simy Sharma, public relations
Amy Cheng, treasurer
Emily Riddell , secretary

National Panhellenic Conference

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the umbrella organization for the 26 international women’s fraternities and sororities. NPC provides support and guidance for its members and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life.

Sororities

Benefits of Joining a Sorority

Sisterhood: The foundation of each sorority is its sisterhood. Relationships are deeper than social events and more meaningful than wearing letters; it’s knowing you can count on your sisters to help guide you through your collegiate experience.

Scholarship: Panhellenic sororities provide members with an opportunity to earn academic awards. Many Panhellenic women also are recognized in the national fraternity and sorority honor society, Order of Omega.

Service: Each Panhellenic group has its own signature philanthropic event. In addition, the Panhellenic Council raises money for worthy causes and donates service hours to make them happen.

Leadership: Participation in a sorority allows opportunity to become a leader on campus and within one’s own chapter. Many Panhellenic women also are involved in campus organizations beyond their own chapter.

Alpha Gamma Delta (AΓΔ)

Nickname Alpha Gam
Founded 1904
Founded at UT Dallas 1992
Chapter Name Epsilon Psi
Symbol Squirrel
Flower Red and Buff Rose
Philanthropy Scottish Rite Hospital, Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation
Colors Red, Buff and Green
Required GPA 2.75 for HS and College

Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ)

Nickname Tri Delta
Founded 1888
Founded at UT Dallas 2007
Chapter Name Epsilon Theta
Symbol Pearl, Trident and Pine Tree
Flower Pansy
Philanthropy St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Colors Sliver, Gold and Blue
Required GPA 2.75 for HS and College

Delta Zeta (ΔZ)

Nickname Dee Zee
Founded 1902
Founded at UT Dallas 2014
Chapter Name Pi Sigma
Symbol Roman Lamp, Diamond and Turtle
Flower Pink Killarney Rose
Philanthropy Speech and Hearing, The Painted Turtle Camp
Colors Rose and Green
Required GPA 2.9 for HS and College

Kappa Alpha Theta (KAΘ)

Nickname Theta
Founded 1870
Founded at UT Dallas 1996
Chapter Name Zeta Upsilon
Symbol Kite and Twin Stars
Flower Black and Gold Pansy
Philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Colors Black and Gold
Required GPA 3.0 for HS and 2.75 for College

Recruitment

group photo of Rho Gammas

Recruitment Counselors: Rho Gammas ()

Recruitment counselors, called Rho Gammas, are undergraduate women representing the various sororities in CPC and who have disassociated from their chapters for the week of recruitment to help you through the process. These women have been through extensive training in preparation for recruitment and have participated in recruitment themselves. They are available to you as impartial listeners, guides and friends. Get to know your Rho Gammas because they want to help you make the best decision based on your personality and interests.

Q&A

Do I need to go to all the events listed in the recruitment schedule?
While it is not mandatory to attend all pre-recruitment events, it is essential you attend events during the recruitment weekend. The objective of recruitment is to learn as much as you can about the UT Dallas Greek community, so you can make the best possible decision. If you intentionally miss events, you could be released from recruitment.

Will all potential new members pledge a sorority at the end of recruitment?
Recruitment is a process of mutual selection, and as such, there are many different outcomes to the process. You are not guaranteed to be asked to join a sorority, and you are not obligated to join one.

I am a legacy to a sorority. Is there anything I should know?
Each potential new member is considered on an individual basis. Legacies are not obligated to join the sorority their family member joined and likewise, chapters are not required to pledge a legacy.

What if I’m an upperclassman?
Upperclassmen are welcomed and encouraged to go through the process of recruitment.

What if I want to be in a certain sorority?
Only wanting to be in one sorority limits a potential new member’s options for membership and can lead to disappointment. Don’t make a decision based on stereotypes or others’ opinions. Keep an open mind and make the decision that is right for you.

What is the best way to submit my transcript?
Once you get settled, please visit the Fraternity and Sorority Life office in the Student Union (SU 1.610) and drop your transcript off in person. Please do not mail your transcript.

Why does it cost $40 to go through formal recruitment?
The fee to go through formal recruitment pays for meals, the software used for registration and T-shirts worn on bid day. It also helps pay for room usage fees, snacks and other supplies necessary to put on this three-day event.

Greek Speak

Active: A sorority member who has been formally initiated by a chapter.

Alumna: An initiated member who is no longer an active member of a collegiate chapter.

Bid: A formal invitation to pledge a sorority or fraternity.

College Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing body for the Panhellenic sororities at UT Dallas. CPC chapters are part of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the umbrella organization for international women’s fraternities and sororities. NPC is referred to as CPC at UT Dallas.

Continuous Open Bidding: The period in which any group not meeting quota or being at total may offer a bid. This is held after formal recruitment.

Formal Recruitment: A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each NPC sorority (CPC at UT Dallas).

Legacy: A potential new member whose mother or sister is an alumna/active member in a particular sorority.

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of fraternities.

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): The governing body for the multicultural fraternities and sororities.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): The governing council for the nine historically black Greek-letter organizations.

Philanthropy: A national and/or local charity that a sorority sponsors, donating their time and money through service in order to promote human welfare.

Potential New Member (PNM): Any woman with the intent to go through formal recruitment, or registered to participate in fall formal recruitment with the College Panhellenic Council.

Recommendation/Reference: A written letter or statement from an alumna on the sorority’s official form, introducing and recommending a potential new member for membership. Also called a rec.

Registration

Finances

Each chapter has a financial requirement, which should be taken into consideration before pledging. It is important to note that membership fees vary by sorority. Each sorority encourages all PNMs to ask chapter leadership about financial aid and payment plans.

Dues in a Panhellenic organization are generally broken down by membership semesters. Your first semester you will pay active new member dues and every other semester members pay active member dues.

New Member Dues:

Alpha Gamma Delta $761
Delta Delta Delta $794
Delta Zeta $567
Kappa Alpha Theta $577

Active Member Dues:

Alpha Gamma Delta $380 - $761
Delta Delta Delta $397 - $794
Delta Zeta $324 - $567
Kappa Alpha Theta $420 - $597

Recommendation

A potential new member recommendation form, also known as a rec, reference or RIF, is a form that a sorority alumna completes for a potential new member introducing her to a chapter.

Recs do not guarantee that you will receive a bid from a chapter. Panhellenic does not have rec forms available and cannot obtain them for potential new members. An alumna may find a rec form in her respective sorority’s magazine, or on the national organization’s website. She can also call the headquarters of her sorority to obtain the form.

Recs are not mandatory for every sorority. However, potential new members are encouraged to secure a rec for each of the chapters participating in recruitment. Recs for each sorority should be sent directly to the chapter, unless otherwise specified on the recommendation form.

All rec letters/forms can be sent to the address below. Please specify to which sorority it should to be delivered.

The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
800 West Campbell Rd, SU 22
Richardson, TX 75080

Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 20

Cupcake Bar
TBA
7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Panhellenic Poolside
TBA
6-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 31

Potential New Member Orientations
Attend one of the following:
- TBA, 12 p.m.
- TBA, 5 p.m.
- TBA, 7 p.m.

Recruitment Weekend

Sept. 2 - Information Day

During the first day of recruitment, you will have the opportunity to visit all four sororities with your recruitment group. Each party is 35 minutes long. You will be greeted in each room with songs as you are welcomed into the party.

Feel free to ask questions of the members and tell them a little bit about yourself. Most importantly, have fun! The weekend will be over before you know it.

What to Wear

Sept. 3 - Philanthropy Day

Philanthropy Day marks the first round of invitational only parties. During day two, you will have the opportunity to visit up to three sororities for 45 minutes each.

Philanthropy day will give you a glimpse into the philanthropic work that sororities participate in at the local and national level. This round provides a first-hand look at the importance of community service in Greek life. Philanthropy Day is laid back and lots of fun.

What to Wear

Sept. 4 - Preference Day

On this day you may attend up to two 60-minute parties. This is the day to really focus on what you want to gain out of joining a sorority. An invitation to a preference party means the sorority is interested in you becoming a member. There will be a ceremony and you will have one-on-one time with a member. During this time, they may share with you how they made their decision and what their sorority and sisterhood means to them. After the last party, you will fill out your preference card.

What to Wear

Sept. 4 - Bid Day (Evening)

On this night you will receive a bid card from the executive council. Once everyone has their bid cards, you will open it and discover which sorority has invited you to join their chapter, then you will have a chance to announce your affiliation to the UT Dallas Greek community. After this announcement, sororities will disperse to celebrate with their new sisters. You will be provided with a T-shirt to wear on this night.

These events will show you what life in a sorority is like and give you the chance to meet women and ask any questions about activities, financial obligations, scholarship, new member programs and campus life. It is important to keep an open mind during this process and carefully decide where you feel you fit in the Greek community.

Formal recruitment is a mutual selection process. While all potential members will visit every sorority in CPC during the first round, the remaining rounds are by invitation only.

As the sororities are narrowing down the number of women attending each round of events, potential new members may only accept a certain number of invitations to each round. The Panhellenic executive council and Rho Gammas will explain this process in detail throughout the week.

Policies

Potential New Member Bill of Rights

Hazing Policy at UT Dallas

Hazing is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any intentional or reckless act, on or off University property, by one student acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, and that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or induces or coerces a student to endanger his or her mental or physical health or safety. This includes treatment of a violent, abusive, shameful, insulting or humiliating nature.

Contact & Silence Policies

For any questions please contact [email protected]