What is a sorority?
A sorority is a sisterhood of women at a university or college who share common values and interest in lifelong friendships and connections. If you are initiated into a sorority, you become a member for life. You will be connected to older members who provide mentorship, support, and friendship, as well as a vast network of active sisters and alumni of all ages from various academic institutions across the nation. In summary, a sorority is more than just a club. We are a home away from home, composed of sisters you will always be able to depend on, even after graduation from UIUC.
What is the difference between a social and professional sorority/fraternity?
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority. Although Phi Sigma Rho is restricted to Science and Engineering majors, our activities and objectives are primarily social in nature. Our sisters share many of the same challenging classes and majors and become a support system for academics, but our main purpose is to balance academics with an active social life through internal sisterhood activities as well as participation in external social events, such as philanthropy-related events, with the rest of the Greek community.
Members of Phi Sigma Rho are able (and encouraged to) participate in professional Greek organizations in addition to their membership in Phi Sigma Rho. However, women are ineligible for membership if they concurrently belong to another social Greek organization
What does "Associate Panhellenic Chapter" mean?
At UIUC, we are an Associate Member of the Panhellenic Association because we do not participate in formal recruitment due to our major requirements. However, we participate in and host similar events to other Panhellenic chapters including sisterhood activities, date parties, events with other Greek chapters, and philanthropies. We also participate in all Panhellenic programming, have Panhellenic delegates, and are eligible to apply for Panhellenic Scholarships.
How/when can I join?
We hold recruitment twice a year, once at the beginning of fall semester and once at the beginning of spring semester. For more information about our recruitment events, check the events section of our website!
I'm not sure about joining! What should I do?
We encourage you to attend one of our recruitment events even if you are uncertain about joining. Our events are all free and no-obligation, so come out and meet the sisters before you make a decision!