Sigma Alpha Recruitment
About the Recruitment Process
Since Sigma Alpha is a professional sorority, we have a recruitment process that is very different from social sororities. Recruitment is a week long process in which the active chapter gets to know each potential member through various activities which take place during rush week. Not only does this week allow the chapter to get to know potential members, but it also gives potential members a chance to learn about Sigma Alpha and its active members. Although recruitment week may seem overwhelming, it is actually a fun, relaxing time...just as long as you remember to be yourself!!
After recruitment, the active chapter has a meeting and votes on whether each potential member would be a good addition to the sorority. The potential members will then be called and possibly extended a "bid". If the chapter extends a bid to a potential member, they are inviting her to participate in the Membership Candidate process to one day, become a sister.
If the potential member accepts the bid, they will be asked to attend the Bid Acceptance ceremony where they will be initiated as a Membership Candidate (MC). As a Membership Candidate, they will go through the Membership Candidate process. The Membership Candidate process is an 8-9 week long process which consists of one meeting a week at which the MC will take 4-6 quizzes and 1 final test about the history and active chapters of Sigma Alpha. After this time, the MC's will then be activated into the sorority and become a sister!
If you would like to become a part of this process please contact Lexie Mills for an application or fill out the Contact Information at the bottom of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to rush?
We currently require a one time $50 recruitment fee. In the event that you may not receive a bid and wish to re-rush, you will not need to pay the recruitment fee again.
How often does Sigma Alpha meet?
Currently every other Sunday night at 7:00 in A. Carman Pavilion, but there may be certain times where we have meetings more than every other Sunday.
What do you do at these meetings?
The meeting will be either casual or professional. At casual meetings we usually just discuss upcoming events, summarize past events and may have general announcements. During our business meetings we cover upcoming events, announcements, voting on certain items of business and many other topics.
Do you have a house?
Unfortunately, we do not have a house.
What activities do you do/host?
In the Fall we participate in the Hutson School of Agriculture's Fall on the Farm and Homecoming festivities, such as float building with another organization; we put on Founder's Day for both our actives and alumni to attend, and we host a Stud Auction to raise money for our philanthropies. In the Spring, we hold the Emerald Ball, which is our formal event of the year, and our Spring philanthropy event Ag Olympics. In addition to these big events, we also have sisterhoods and mixers with other organizations, participate in Ag in the Classroom, and volunteer to help out at various Hutson School of Agriculture and campus-wide events.
What are the requirements to be part of Sigma Alpha?
You are required to be involved in one other organization OR work at least 20 hours/week OR be enrolled in 18+ credit hours; you must also have at least a 2.75 GPA; we also recommend you have an agricultural related major or have a sincere interest in agriculture.
Can we be in another sorority along with Sigma Alpha?
If you are already a part of another sorority, unfortunately you will not be able to rush Sigma Alpha.
I want to join and I have a friend that wants to as well, can I bring them with me to Recruitment Week?
Of course! The more the merrier. Our biggest way of getting the word out is through friends and acquaintances.
For more information about Sigma Alpha or the Recruitment Process, please fill out the form below.