Do I need letters of recommendation for Recruitment? I know people say they aren’t mandatory but will they help me?

By no means are letters of recommendation necessary. Every chapter takes recommendations into consideration differently (for some it matters, for others it won’t matter at all). If you do have recommendations, you can send those directly to recruitment chairs at the provided address under the Letters of Recommendation tab. Letters of recommendation are due to each chapter no later than January.


Is it possible to play a varsity sport and be in a sorority at the same time?

It’s definitely possible! Actually, plenty of varsity athletes are sorority women. Sorority membership is really what you make of it. You can as involved as you’d like to be by taking on leadership positions and participating in chapter events, or in your case if you don’t have the time to be a leader in the chapter, the only mandatory weekly commitment is a chapter meeting. In terms of recruitment, sororities are very understanding when a game conflicts with a formal recruitment round. You’ll handle recruitment conflicts closer to the start of formal recruitment with your recruitment counselor.


Is it tough rushing for a second time?

No. Going through recruitment for a second time does not make it a more difficult process. If anything, I think you’ll find it easier now that you know how recruitment works at UVA and you probably know more of the sisters in the chapters. It’s always a relief to see a familiar face during a recruitment party.

I was wondering if it would be possible to join two sororities?

You’re only allowed to join one sorority! Don’t worry, just one sorority is more than enough girls to meet and events to attend.

I am working on my class schedule for next semester, and it is possible that I will have a class that doesn’t finish until 7 pm. Will this interfere at all with recruitment?

There’s a chance that your class, or any night-time class, will conflict with recruitment. But classes come first and the sororities understand that. The ISC works to rearrange schedules in order to maximize the number of chapters you can visit during the last three rounds of recruitment (Philanthropy, House Tours, and Prefs). You have to submit a schedule change request form to the ISC in January so we can work to rearrange your schedule. Don’t worry about this yet- your Recruitment Counselor will walk you through this! And if you do have to miss a round or two for a class, the sororities are very understanding of this. We’re all students, and school comes first, so you will not be penalized by the ISC for missing recruitment due to a class conflict.

I started to fill out the registration form and it asked for my current GPA/Hours completed. What do I put there exactly since I’m a first year?

You can put 0 and 0.0 for your GPA. That’s mostly on there for upperclassmen. The ISC does grade checks during winter break, so we’ll go in and manually add in everyone’s GPA. Keep in mind that the ISC strongly recommends at least a 2.0 to participate in recruitment.

 Is it possible for students in the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies to join a sorority even if they don’t live in Charlottesville?

Unfortunately, students in the SCPS are not permitted to join a sorority or participate in recruitment. According to national standards, students must be regularly matriculated in order to be eligible to pledge a sorority or fraternity.

I am looking forward to Formal Recruitment, but I am debating about it because of the financial commitment. For those of us attending UVA on financial aid, is it unrealistic to participate in Recruitment when we know we do not have the financial resources to be in a sorority? Is there any way to alleviate the financial hardships and still participate?

There are definitely ways, available from both the ISC and from the individual chapters, to help pay for sorority dues, but sorority dues are a significant financial responsibility. The average dues for the first semester are around $1,200, but they’ll drop by several hundred dollars (and will remain consistent) for your remaining three years. Each chapter has different scholarships they offer and you will be given information from each chapter about these scholarship opportunities during recruitment. For ISC scholarships, please visit the Scholarship tab under Current Members on the ISC website for more information. Maddie Baker  is the ISC Scholarship Chair, and she can be a great resource to learn more about other scholarships through the ISC and on Grounds. Please reach her at

When we’re filling out the recruitment enrollment form, should the activities we list be only from this year (ie first semester for first years), or can we include things from high school?

Most people just put activities that you are involved in at UVA. You also may include activities from high school, too. Please note somewhere in the box which ones are high school activities.


Does the ISC plan on making any changes to recruitment this year so that pledge classes can be bigger now that more women are participating in recruitment?

Believe it or not, every woman who registers for Formal Recruitment is eligible to receive a bid, no matter how many women register for recruitment! The maximum number of women that chapters are allowed to invite back for each round depends on the number of women participating in recruitment and is adjusted after every round. Similarly, the number of women that chapters are allowed to extend bids to depends on the amount of women participating in recruitment throughout the end of the Preferences round. Chapter pledge class sizes are based on the number of women receiving and accepting bids, not on any arbitrary number set by the ISC! As more women register for and participate in Formal Recruitment, we expect all chapters to see increasingly larger pledge classes.