To become a sister and member of Phi Sigma Sigma, you are required to go through Carleton Panhellenic Formal Sorority Recruitment. Any full-time female undergraduate with a GPA of 2.6 or higher is eligible. If you receive a bid, you then have a 6-week new member period where active sisters get to know you better.
WHAT WILL RECRUITMENT BE LIKE?
During formal fall recruitment, there is a Panhel Pahlooza, which is an opportunity to meet some of the sorority sisters and get more information. Following this, there is an info night and recruitment parties. Recruitment parties are an opportunity to meet the three different sororities. During these parties, you will get to see slideshows and displays, learn about philanthropy, academics and most importantly, meet the sisters.
HOW MUCH DOES A SORORITY COST?
The average dues for new members are $360 per year. Dues are all-inclusive and cover all philanthropic, sisterhood, social, and recruitment events. However, dues do not include semi-formal and formal dance tickets. Dues can be paid on a payment plan.
WHO IS CONSIDERED TO BE A LEGACY?
Phi Sigma Sigma considers a legacy to be the daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, or through marriage, the daughter, sister, niece, or granddaughter of an active or alumni sister.
DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO LIVE IN THE SAME BIG HOUSE?
While there are sorority houses in the U.S., this is not true in Ottawa. We live wherever we want – on or off campus, with or apart from sorority sisters.
IS BEING IN A SORORITY LIKE IT IS IN THE MOVIES?
It’s kind of like in the movies, but only the good parts! Phi Sigma Sigma is a diverse group of girls and we don’t fit movie stereotypes. Sororities aren’t just for girly-girls and fraternities aren’t just for jocks. We have different personalities and interests and we welcome everyone at recruitment.
DO SORORITIES ENCOURAGE BINGE DRINKING AND DRUG ABUSE?
No! Phi Sigma Sigma is required to abide by federal, provincial, university and our own national headquarters’ policies regarding alcohol and drugs. Additionally, Phi Sigma Sigma has significant risk management policiesto promote healthy decision-making and safety. We also have a Risk Management Officer in our chapter to ensure everyone is being safe, and to designate a sober sister at every event.
DO NEW MEMBERS GET HAZED?
Absolutely not! We would never want to make our future sisters uncomfortable because that’s not the right way to start a lifelong friendship. We have a strict anti-hazing policythat is reinforced by our international headquarters and by Carleton University.
WILL JOINING A SORORITY TAKE OVER MY LIFE?
The more you put into your sorority, the more you will get out of it! Sisters have access to a variety of events. There are chapter retreats, formals, mixers, sisterhood events, socials, study hours and so much more! While there is a substantial time commitment, we get the season calendar of the beginning of each semester so you can manage your time and keep all your commitments.
ISN'T BEING IN A SORORITY JUST BUYING FRIENDS?
You pay to join almost any organization, whether a sports team, a local club or a sorority. Since sororities are non-profit organizations, dues are used to fund various parts of our day-to-day operations, including academic incentives, headquarter dues, scholarships, social and sporting events.
HOW DO SORORITIES HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES?
Each international sorority has established a philanthropy or community service program that raises money for charitable causes. Phi Sigma Sigma sponsors local service and philanthropy projects each semester.
If you have any more questions, feel free to send us a message for more information.