Understanding Sorority Life at Louisiana Tech
With students returning to campus this month, many first year students are experiencing life on a college campus for the first time.
With that comes a slew of new people, experiences, and challenges that make one’s time in college so memorable. This includes exploring Greek life and involvement in a fraternity or sorority for many new students.
And with sorority recruitment at Louisiana Tech coming up in just a few weeks, there’s no better time to learn about sorority life at LA Tech! Greek life is new to many incoming first-year students and a source of anxiety for students trying to find their way through college. To help understand the role that sororities play in campus life at Louisiana Tech University, here’s a rundown on some common questions we hear from students at LA Tech.
Are sororities popular at Louisiana Tech?
Yes, sororities are popular among students at Louisiana Tech. Compared to other large state schools in Louisiana, there are fewer sororities to choose from. However, the chapters still have a significant presence on-campus and have a major impact on the college experience of students who decide to join. There are fewer sororities at LA Tech than fraternities, but sorority chapters tend to have more members on average than the fraternity chapters.
What are the benefits of being in a sorority at Louisiana Tech?
There are many benefits to joining a sorority at Louisiana Tech University. Since sororities are primarily social organizations, the first significant benefit is friendship and opportunities to meet other students with similar interests and backgrounds within their chapter and among other Greek organizations. Many Greek students find that the friendships they make in their sorority last long past their time at Louisiana Tech.
Another significant benefit is academic success. Students who participate in a sorority tend to do better academically than those not in a Greek organization. This is because many chapters have grade point average requirements to join and maintain membership, encouraging members to stay focused on their academics and their time in the sorority. This has the added benefit of developing leadership skills since members balance chapter work outside their classroom to supplement their studies.
The primary benefit of joining a sorority is getting involved in community service projects with your chapter. Most chapters find a cause that their sorority supports and hosts events, fundraisers, and service efforts throughout the year in support of that cause.
How many sororities are there at Louisiana Tech?
There are currently seven sororities for undergraduate students to choose among at Louisiana Tech University. Like most universities, Greek life at Louisiana Tech is governed by councils, which coordinate university-wide activities like recruitment and serve as the governing bodies of the combined Greek organizations in dealings with the University and relevant academic offices on campus. Sororities at Louisiana Tech are governed by one of two councils: the Panhellenic Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, both national councils with chapters at colleges and universities across the country.
The Panhellenic Council is specific to sororities, while the National Pan-Hellenic Council governs both fraternities and sororities with historically black memberships. The five sororities at Louisiana Tech governed by the Panhellenic Council are:
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Delta Delta Delta
- Kappa Delta
- Phi Mu
- Sigma Kappa
The two additional sororities governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council are:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Delta Sigma Theta
The other governing council at Louisiana Tech, the Interfraternity Council, governs fraternities on-campus.
When does the sorority rush begin at Louisiana Tech?
Sorority rush, also known as recruitment, occurs near the beginning of the fall semester at Louisiana Tech. For the Fall 2022 semester, sorority recruitment takes place from Thursday, September 1st to Tuesday, September 6th. The process begins with an online registration with the Panhellenic Council, expressing interest in joining a sorority on-campus and providing contact information, academic history, and one’s interest in joining. Letters of recommendation are not required as part of the registration process, but several chapters provide forms for recommendation letters from chapter alumna. Prospective members have until August 31sts to submit their registration form and high school transcripts and must also pay the $75 registration fee to join the recruitment process.
All registered students are then invited to a series of events hosted by the sororities to get to know the members, the differences between each chapter, and a sense of what they can expect if offered membership. Typically, each recruitment day has a theme, celebrating the sisterhood, service, and philanthropic efforts that prospect members can expect if offered a bid to join. The final recruitment day this year will take place on September 6th is Bid Day, when prospective members are offered requests to join one of their preferred sororities.
Registering and going through the recruitment process does not guarantee a bid to join, as each chapter chooses members individually, with selectivity varying by branch.
This process may vary for Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta, governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
How much does it cost to join a sorority at Louisiana Tech?
Sorority members at Louisiana Tech can expect to pay a few hundred dollars each semester in membership dues. These dues are often not to the specific Louisiana Tech chapter but instead go to the national headquarters of the sorority, which manages costs and payments for each university chapter. Beyond membership dues, sorority members can expect to pay out-of-pocket for sorority or council events throughout the year. Membership dues may cover some costs, but others require additional expenses for current members.
These costs do not include housing if a student chooses or must live with other sorority members as part of their active membership with the chapter.
Housing options at Louisiana Tech
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CEV Ruston is a student housing community located just west of the Louisiana Tech University campus at 1812 W Alabama Avenue, near Joe Aillet Stadium. CEV Ruston offers fully-furnished two and four-bedroom apartments designed explicitly for LA Tech students. CEV Ruston provides an array of resident amenities at some of the best rates in Ruston. For information on availability, roommate matching, and pricing, contact the team at CEV Ruston today at (855) 233-6912!
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