UT Dallas Panhellenic Community

Welcome

We're excited you’ve chosen UT Dallas as your home! Here, sorority members are well-rounded individuals who strive for excellence in everything they do, whether in academics, sports or other leadership roles. We take pride in our Panhellenic community, and we sincerely hope you consider joining our tradition of excellence. Good luck, and go Comets!

Kruthi Kanduri, president
Brooklyn Bierle, VP of recruitment
Kevin Saberre Jr., director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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About CPC

College Panhellenic Executive council UT Dallas

The College Panhellenic Council (CPC), or Panhellenic, is UT Dallas’ coordinating body of the four National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus. The council is composed of seven executive board members and a delegate from each sorority. The College Panhellenic Executive council consists of members who are current sorority sisters who have disaffiliated from their chapters during recruitment to provide unbiased planning and support.

Panhellenic strengthens the Greek community and is responsible for promoting scholarship, philanthropy and safety. Panhellenic provides activities and programs throughout the year to address current issues affecting college women/individuals.

The College Panhellenic Council is dedicated to creating an environment in which potential sisters going through the recruitment process feel welcomed. It is our priority to take all necessary precautions to keep our members and those who are going through the recruitment process healthy and safe.

This fall, recruitment will more closely resemble our normal process. We will be hosting an in-person formal recruitment with social distancing and sanitation measures in place for safety. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable about being around your fellow students while still getting the most out of your recruitment experience. We want to make sure you have all the resources and opportunities you need in order to have a successful recruitment!

Pre-recruitment events will be hosted both in-person and virtually by the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) and individual chapters. We will keep you updated about those activities, including meeting links, via our various social media channels.

  • Kruthi Kanduri, President
  • Dara Chanthavisay, VP of Judicial affairs
  • Brooklyn Bierle, VP of Recruitment
  • Bethany Boese, VP of Administration
  • Tori Garcia, VP of Public Relations
  • Lauren Fino, VP of Finance
  • Apoorva Balakavi, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

National Panhellenic Conference

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the umbrella organization for the 26 international women’s fraternities and sororities. NPC provides support and guidance for its members and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life.

Sororities

Benefits of Joining a Sorority

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Sisterhood: The foundation of each sorority is its sisterhood. Relationships are deeper than social events and more meaningful than wearing letters; it’s knowing you can count on your sisters to help guide you through your collegiate experience.

Two women posing with award certificates.

Scholarship: Panhellenic sororities provide members with an opportunity to earn academic awards. Many Panhellenic women also are recognized in the national fraternity and sorority honor society, Order of Omega.

Three women posing with St. Jude Volunteer T-Shirts.

Service: Each Panhellenic group has its own signature philanthropic event. In addition, the Panhellenic Council raises money for worthy causes and donates service hours to make them happen.

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Leadership: Participation in a sorority allows opportunity to become a leader on campus and within one’s own chapter. Many Panhellenic members also are involved in campus organizations beyond their own chapter.

Alpha Gamma Delta (AΓΔ)

Nickname Alpha Gam
Founded 1904
Founded at UT Dallas 1992
Chapter Name Epsilon Psi
Symbol Squirrel
Flower Red and Buff Rose
Philanthropy Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation
Colors Red, Buff and Green
Required GPA 2.75 for HS and College

Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ)

Nickname Tri Delta
Founded 1888
Founded at UT Dallas 2007
Chapter Name Epsilon Theta
Symbol Pearl, Trident and Pine Tree
Flower Pansy
Philanthropy St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Colors Silver, Gold and Blue
Required GPA 2.75 for HS and College

Delta Zeta (ΔZ)

Nickname Dee Zee
Founded 1902
Founded at UT Dallas 2014
Chapter Name Pi Sigma
Symbol Roman Lamp, Diamond and Turtle
Flower Pink Killarney Rose
Philanthropy Speech and Hearing, The Painted Turtle Camp
Colors Rose and Green
Required GPA 2.9 for HS and 2.8 for College

Kappa Alpha Theta (KAΘ)

Nickname Theta
Founded 1870
Founded at UT Dallas 1996
Chapter Name Zeta Upsilon
Symbol Kite and Twin Stars
Flower Black and Gold Pansy
Philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Colors Black and Gold
Required GPA No requirement for high school, 2.75 for college

Recruitment

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College Panhellenic Council (CPC) Ambassadors

CPC ambassadors are undergraduate members representing the various sororities in CPC and who have disassociated from their chapters for the week of recruitment to help you through the process. These members have been through extensive training in preparation for recruitment and have participated in recruitment themselves. They are available to you as impartial listeners, guides and friends. Get to know your CPC ambassadors, because they want to help you make the best decision based on your personality and interests. CPC ambassadors will contact potential new members going through the recruitment process in August, prior to the primary recruitment weekend.

Greek Speak

Active
A sorority member who has been formally initiated by a chapter.
Alumna
An initiated member who is no longer an active member of a collegiate chapter.
Bid
A formal invitation to pledge a sorority or fraternity.
College Panhellenic Council (CPC)
The governing body for the Panhellenic sororities at UT Dallas. CPC chapters are part of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the umbrella organization for international women’s fraternities and sororities. NPC is referred to as CPC at UT Dallas.
Continuous Open Bidding
The period in which any group not meeting quota or being at total may offer a bid. This is held after formal recruitment.
Formal Recruitment
A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each NPC sorority (CPC at UT Dallas).
Legacy
A daughter, sister or granddaughter of an individual member of a sorority. Each NPC member organization has its own definition of and invitation policies regarding legacies.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body of fraternities.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
The governing body for the multicultural fraternities and sororities.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The governing council for the nine historically black Greek-letter organizations.
Philanthropy
A national and/or local charity that a sorority sponsors, donating their time and money through service in order to promote human welfare.
Potential New Member (PNM)
Any individual with the intent to go through formal recruitment, or registered to participate in fall formal recruitment with the College Panhellenic Council.
Recommendation/Reference
A written letter or statement from an alumna on the sorority’s official form, introducing and recommending a potential new member for membership. Also called a rec.

Finances

Each chapter has a financial requirement, which should be taken into consideration before pledging. It is important to note that membership fees vary by sorority. Each sorority encourages all potential new members to ask chapter leadership about financial aid and payment plans.

Dues in a Panhellenic organization are generally broken down by membership semesters. In the first semester, you will pay new member dues and every other semester members pay active member dues.

New Member Dues:

Alpha Gamma Delta $710
Delta Delta Delta $748
Delta Zeta $688
Kappa Alpha Theta $630

Active Member Dues:

Alpha Gamma Delta $496 for fall semester,
$396 for spring semester
Delta Delta Delta $415
Delta Zeta $450
Kappa Alpha Theta $630 for fall semester
$445 for spring semester

Q&A

Do I need to go to all the events listed in the recruitment schedule?
While it is not essential to attend all pre-recruitment events, it is mandatory that you attend events during the recruitment weekend. The objective of recruitment is to learn as much as you can about the UT Dallas Greek community, so you can make the best possible decision. If you intentionally miss events, you could be released from recruitment.

Will all potential new members pledge a sorority at the end of recruitment?
Recruitment is a process of mutual selection, and as such, there are many different outcomes to the process. You are not guaranteed to be asked to join a sorority, and you are not obligated to join one.

I am a legacy to a sorority. Is there anything I should know?
Each potential new member is considered on an individual basis. Legacies are not obligated to join the sorority their family member joined, and likewise, chapters are not required to pledge a legacy.

What if I’m an upperclassman?
Upperclassmen are welcomed and encouraged to go through the process of recruitment.

What if I want to be in a certain sorority?
Only wanting to be in one sorority limits a potential new member’s options for membership and can lead to disappointment. Don’t make a decision based on stereotypes or others’ opinions. Keep an open mind and make the decision that is right for you.

What is the best way to submit my transcript?
Once you are a student at UT Dallas, you can submit your transcript in multiple formats. You may drop off your transcript in-person to the Fraternity and Sorority Life office in the Student Union (SU 1.610). You also may email your transcript to either [email protected] or [email protected]

Why does it cost $20 to go through formal recruitment?
The $20 fee to go through formal recruitment pays for registration software, masks and T-shirts worn on bid day and to assist with operating costs for the three-day process.

Will I still be able to have a holistic sorority experience even though the pandemic hasn’t ended?
Yes! Even though COVID-19 has changed so much about the world — sororities included — CPC is committed to helping you enjoy your recruitment experience. The pandemic is a reminder for our sororities that members’ health and safety is paramount. We will be doing all we can to make the recruitment experience as safe as possible so that your sorority experience starts off on the right foot.

What do I need for the virtual pre-recruitment events and recruitment weekend?
Nothing. Our pre-recruitment events are open to all students interested in a Panhellenic sorority experience. You’ll only need to monitor our social media channels for dates, times, locations and meeting links.

Do I still need to dress up for recruitment?
In the "What to Wear" section of the website, you will see examples of outfits to wear throughout the weekend. You can also reach out to your CPC ambassador with questions regarding the outfits you want to wear each day.

What COVID-19 guidelines will I have to follow for formal recruitment?
Per Dr. Richard Benson, president of UT Dallas, UTD will return to pre-pandemic operations and scheduling beginning in fall 2021, with the full array of group activities resuming. However, we know that COVID-19 has not disappeared, and the university continues to closely monitor the status of the pandemic in the North Texas region. In terms of Panhellenic formal recruitment, we will do all we can to protect students. We strongly encourage the practice of good safety habits like mask-wearing, regular hand washing and social distancing. Should circumstances change or worsen, we will provide the community with updates as needed.

If I don’t identify as a woman, can I still join a sorority at UTD?
Yes! If you identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming you can still go through recruitment for any of the Panhellenic sororities on campus. CPC encourages everyone to join our community! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to CPC’s VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at [email protected]

Recommendation

A potential new member recommendation form, also known as a rec, reference or RIF, is a form that a sorority alumna completes for a potential new member introducing them to a chapter.

Recs do not guarantee that you will receive a bid from a chapter. Panhellenic does not have rec forms available and cannot obtain them for potential new members. An alumna may find a rec form in their respective sorority’s magazine, or on the national organization’s website. They can also call the headquarters of their sorority to obtain the form.

Recs are not mandatory for every sorority. However, potential new members are encouraged to secure a rec for each of the chapters participating in recruitment. Recs for each sorority should be sent directly to the chapter, unless otherwise specified on the recommendation form.

All rec letters/forms can be sent to the address below. Please specify to which sorority it should to be delivered.

The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
800 West Campbell Rd, SU 22
Richardson, TX 75080

Recruitment Weekend

Round 1: Sisterhood

During the first day of recruitment you will have the opportunity to visit all four sororities with your recruitment group. Each party is 35 minutes long. You will be greeted in each room with songs as you are welcomed into the party. Feel free to ask questions of the members and tell them a little bit about yourself. Most importantly, have fun! The weekend will be over before you know it.

What to Wear

Example dress for first day of recruitment. Example dress for first day of recruitment.
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Round 2: Philanthropy

Philanthropy day marks the first round of invitation-only parties. During day two, you will have the opportunity to visit up to three sororities for 45 minutes each. Philanthropy day will give you a glimpse into the philanthropic work that sororities participate in at the local and national level. This round provides a first-hand look at the importance of community service in Greek life. Philanthropy day is laid back and lots of fun.

What to Wear

Example dress for round two of recruitment. Example dress for round two of recruitment.
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Preference Round

On this day you may attend up to two 60-minute parties. This is the day to really focus on what you want to gain out of joining a sorority. An invitation to a preference party means the sorority is interested in you becoming a member. There will be a ceremony and you will have one-on-one time with a member. During this time, they may share with you how they made their decision and what their sorority and sisterhood means to them. After the last party, you will fill out your preference card.

What to Wear

Example dress for Preference Round of recruitment. Example dress for Preference Round of recruitment.
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Bid Day (Evening)

On this night you will receive a bid card from the executive council. Once everyone has their bid cards, you will open it and discover which sorority has invited you to join their chapter, then you will have a chance to announce your affiliation to the UT Dallas Greek community. After this announcement, sororities will disperse to celebrate with their new sisters. You will be provided with a T-shirt to wear on this night.

Policies

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Potential New Member Bill of Rights

  • The right to be treated as an individual.
  • The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.
  • The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from CPC Ambassadors.
  • The right to be treated with respect.
  • The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.
  • The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers.
  • The right to have and express opinions to CPC ambassadors.
  • The right to expect confidentiality when sharing information with CPC ambassadors.
  • The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
  • The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
  • The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
  • The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and pledging experience.

Hazing Policy at UT Dallas

Hazing is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any intentional or reckless act, on or off University property, by one student acting alone or with others, which is directed against any other student, and that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or induces or coerces a student to endanger his or her mental or physical health or safety. This includes treatment of a violent, abusive, shameful, insulting or humiliating nature.

Contact & Silence Policies

  • Normal contact can occur both in person and online, but conversations should be limited to the benefits of participating in Greek Life, not specific to any one organization.
  • Sororities cannot have gatherings that include potential new members (ex: teas, parties, trips).
  • Potential new members cannot stay with sorority members (ex: spending the night at a member’s house).
  • Potential new members can be in contact with CPC ambassadors from the moment they register to the start of formal recruitment.

For any questions please contact [email protected]

Register for Recruitment