Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are specific to sorority (CPH) recruitment and fraternity (IFC) recruitment. Information on the intake process for chapters affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council can be found under the “Join a Chapter” tab.

General FAQ

How many Samford students participate in Greek Life?

Depending on the semester, 45-48% of Samford’s undergraduate population are a part of Greek Life.

How much does membership cost?

Joining a fraternity and sorority is a financial commitment. Each chapter differs in financial structure. Chapter fees cover various activities, events, and general daily operations. Chapters finance social opportunities, philanthropic events, service projects, and academic support programs, and national dues. The ranges below include both dues to the national organization and the local Samford chapter. See our Finances page for a more detailed breakdown.

Do Fraternities/Sororities have houses at Samford?

Yes, some, not all. All six Panhellenic sororities have on-campus housing and two of IFC fraternities have houses. The Panhellenic houses are under the supervision of the Office of Residence Life and run very similarly to a typical residence hall on campus. One IFC chapter facility is supervised by the Office of Residence Life like a general residence hall, and the other is an on campus chapter facility owned and run by an alumni housing corporation, but on leased land from Samford. Students living in a university owned property must follow all Residence Life policies and procedures regarding finances and meal plans. Students are able to live in their Greek organization house starting sophomore year. All freshmen but live in freshmen residence halls. Each chapter organizes housing differently, but housing assignments can be determined based off of GPA, seniority, or involvement. All six Panhellenic chapters have an expectation to fulfill their chapter facilities with members, so there is a live-in housing expectation. There is not a requirement for housing for the fraternities.

Should I be concerned with hazing?

Samford University along with our partners of the national fraternities and sororities recognized on campus do not condone hazing. Hazing is also against Alabama State law. If hazing is suspected or claimed, the organization would immediately be investigated and adjudicated through the Samford Values Violation process. Student safety is top priority. As a Christian University, it is vital to uphold our faith-based values along with biblical founding principles of the national fraternities and sororities. Visit the website of each organization’s national policies regarding hazing to learn more.

What is the time commitment involved in belonging to a fraternity/sorority?

We believe you get out of your experience what you put in. The first semester in a Greek organization typically requires more time due to the additional requirements of the new member education process. New members in an organization complete a new member education program that typically ranges from 2-8 weeks. The shorter two week process would host meetings daily, the longer structured process would host meetings weekly. Educational meetings are on average 2 hours. Other than these programs, new members could attend weekly chapter meetings, philanthropy events, tailgates, social functions, and other events put on by the organization. After the first semester being in an organization, weekly chapter meetings as well as philanthropy events should be expected, but students are able to be as involved as they would like.

Will my grades be affected by joining a fraternity or sorority?

We hope so – for the better! Before you are a Greek, you are a student! The Greeks take pride in their academic victories. The All-Greek GPA is typically higher than the All-Undergraduate GPA. Visit our website www.samford.edu/greeklife/resources to view the community grade report dating back to Fall 2010. Each chapter sets a minimum GPA requirement to be in good-standing. Chapters host study hall hours, academic incentive programs, and encourage utilizing the on-campus resources for student success.

Why should you join a fraternity or sorority?

Joining a Greek organization means finding a sisterhood or brotherhood. What exactly does that mean? Brotherhood and sisterhood to Samford means an heightened and enhanced form of friendship. The friendships that are formed in Greek organizations are like no other. Being Greek also creates many opportunities to seek out leadership. Specifically to Samford, we are able to incorporate our faith in our Greek Life. Chapters host worship nights, Bible studies, and many other faith-based sessions. If you’re looking for a way to feel connected, supported, and encouraged then Greek Life is for you.

Panhellenic Recruitment

What is sorority recruitment?

Recruitment is a "mutual selection" process where potential new members (PNMs) and current chapter members can learn more about one another. Panhellenic formal recruitment is comprised of three formal rounds (Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference) followed by Bid Day. 

When is sorority recruitment?

Fall 2018 sorority recruitment will take place September 4 - 8 with Bid Day on September 9.

A more detailed calendar of events is on the Greek Life recruitment page. Be sure to download the Samford Guides app in your app store to see the 2018 sorority recruitment guide with more scheduling details.

What are the requirements to register for recruitment?

  • $100 registration fee June 22 - August 14
  • $125 registration fee August 15 - August 31
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Must be full-time student
  • Recommended but not required GPA of 3.0 or higher

How much are chapter dues per semester?

Chapter dues vary by each chapter.

  • New Member Semester:  $700 to $850
  • Active Sister Semesters:  $500 - $700
  • Samford Semester Greek Fee: $75
These price points do not include t-shirts, sweatshirts, monthly assessments, etc. each chapter has different financial structures based off of the national organization. Each woman will receive a more comprehensive financial breakdown chapter by chapter during Primary Recruitment.

What is a PNM?

A PNM is a potential new member.

What is a Rho Gamma?

A Rho Gamma is a recruitment guide for potential new members. The Rho Gamma will guide each PNM through the recruitment process. Rho Gammas are disassociated from chapters prior to and during recruitment to act as an unbiased source of information and support.

What is Philanthropy Night?

Philanthropy night is Round 1 of recruitment. During philanthropy parties, PNMs will have a chance to learn about each sorority’s community service initiatives and philanthropic giving efforts. Parties for this night are 30 minutes. PNMs will visit six chapters all in one night.

What is Sisterhood Night?

Sisterhood night is Round 2 of recruitment. PNMs have the opportunity to attend up to four 40 minute parties where chapters will present the values and characteristics important to the sisterhood of that sorority.

What is Preference Night?

Preference night is Round 3 of recruitment. PNMs will have the opportunity to attend up to two 50 minute parties where chapters will share more in-depth meanings of the value of each sorority in a formal setting.

What happens on Bid Day?

Bid Day is the final day of sorority recruitment. PNMs may...

a.) receive a bid from her top choice chapter

b.) receive a bid from the second choice chapter listed on her preference list

c.) not receive a bid

d.) receive a call offering a “snap” bid from a chapter not on her bid preference list.

Can family members attend Bid Day?

Family members may only attend the Bid Day celebration on the Quad. See the guidebook guide 2018 sorority recruitment for more details on Bid Day as it gets closer.

What is a legacy?

A legacy is a prospective member whose sister/mother/grandmother is an alumna or active member of a specific organization. Panhellenic organizations may differ slightly on their definition of a legacy, and more information may be found on each chapter’s national website. Being a legacy does not guarantee a PNM an invitation to membership. Samford sororities only recognize legacy status from the six National Panhellenic Conference sororities represented on campus. 

What is a rec letter? Do potential new members have to have a rec for each chapter?

A “rec” letter is a written statement from an alumna or initiated member recommending a potential new member to a Panhellenic sorority. While it is not required to have a rec letter for a chapter, at Samford recommendation a rec letter for each chapter is encouraged. One letter per chapter is ideal. More than two recommendation letters per chapter is excessive. 

Where do I mail in my rec letter?

Alpha Delta Pi- Kappa Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294001
Birmingham, AL 35229

Alpha Omicron Pi - Rho Delta Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294003
Birmingham, AL 35229

Chi Omega - Zeta Zeta Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294006
Birmingham, AL 35229

Tri Delta - Epsilon Xi Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294007
Birmingham, AL 35229

Phi Mu - Alpha Gamma Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294012
Birmingham, AL 35229

Zeta Tau Alpha - Delta Psi Chapter
800 Lakeshore Drive
SU Box 294016
Birmingham, AL 35229

Can I receive a bid without a recommendation letter?

Yes, absolutely. Not everyone who participates in sorority recruitment submits a letter of recommendation.

How can I find more information on Samford sorority recruitment?

Potential new members are encouraged to attend the Greek Life information session during Bulldog Days summer orientation called Samford YOU. A complete recruitment schedule will also be available via the Samford University guidebook app, free in app stores. PNMs may download the guide by searching “2018 Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment”.

What is an MRABA?

The Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement is a binding document signed by PNMs the night after preference parties are attended. Each women invited to attend preference rounds will be asked to sign this document in preparation for bid day. The agreement states the PNM will accept a bid from the sororities attended that evening during preference round. Some women will have two sorority choices and will rank her options. Other women will have one sorority option. Once the MRABA is signed, if the PNM chooses to not accept her bid, she is ineligible to join another Panhellenic sorority until the next primary recruitment period, which is fall primary recruitment 2019. A declined bid from a Panhellenic sorority would still allow someone to seek membership in Delta Xi Phi, Multicultural Sorority, Inc. due to that DXP is an associate member of the College Panhellenic.

IFC Recrutiment

What is fraternity recruitment?

Formal fraternity (IFC) recruitment is comprised of four formal rounds (Opening Night, Alumni Night, Brothers Night In, Brothers Night Out) followed by Bid Day. Recruitment is a "mutual selection" process where potential new members (PNMs) and current chapter members can learn more about one another.

When is fraternity recruitment?

Fall 2018 fraternity recruitment will take place September 9-12 with Bid Day being on September 13. 

What are the requirements to register for recruitment?

  • $40 registration fee: June 22 - August 14
  • $50 registration fee: August 15 - August 7
  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Recommended but not required GPA of 3.0 or higher

How much are chapter dues per semester?

  • New Member Semester: $450 - $1200
  • Active Brother Semesters: $350 - $600
  • Samford Semester Greek Fee: $75

Where do I mail in my rec letter?

Office of Greek Life
Attn: Fraternity Name
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

What is Opening Night?

Opening Night is Round 1 of recruitment.  Interested participants will have a chance to visit all 5 fraternities for 30 minute parties.

What is Alumni Night?

Alumni night is the second formal night of recruitment. Participants will have a chance to meet both collegians and alumni from each organization and learn how fraternity life has impacted them after college.

What is Brothers Night In?

During Round 3 of fraternity recruitment, potential members have the opportunity to get to know brothers in a more casual setting at their chapter houses.

What is Brothers Night Out?

During the final round of fraternity recruitment, potential members will be invited to off-campus locations to participate in a selected activity. There is a maximum of two invitations this round.

What happens on Bid Day?

Bid Day is the final day of fraternity recruitment. All participants in recruitment can check in at the bid table from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Ben Brown Plaza. There will be one large event at 4:00 PM on the steps of the University Center for individual chapter photos and then each fraternity will move forward with their own plans for the evening.

How can I find more information on Samford fraternity recruitment?

Potential new members are encouraged to attend the Greek Life information session during Bulldog Days summer orientation. A complete recruitment schedule will also be available via the Guidebook app online. Potential members may download the guide by searching “Samford Fraternity Recruitment 2018”.