My daughter is interested in joining a sorority, but I'm worried about her balancing her academics with the responsibilities of a sorority. What is the time commitment like?
There is definitely a time commitment, but there are also so many benefits, like leadership and networking opportunities, academic support, and lifelong friendships! Since our chapter has the highest sorority GPA at Virginia Tech, academics is a huge focus for us, as well as encouragement to join other clubs, teams, and organizations around campus! We're here to support all of our sisters and what they're passionate about, inside and outside of Sigma Kappa.
Many of the events we hold are optional, but our philanthropy events and our weekly chapter meetings are mandatory. However, if a sister has a time conflict that runs into these mandatory events, our Vice President of Communications will gladly work around each sisters' schedule.
We hold events supporting our philanthropies each semester, and we also participate in other chapter's philanthropy events. We have many volunteering and service opportunities throughout the Spring and Fall semesters as well.
Is there an academic requirement?
As a chapter, we require that each member maintains a 2.75 overall GPA to be able to rush Sigma Kappa. In addition, if a member falls below a 3.0 GPA, she will be put on an Academic Assistance Plan with guidance from a member of the scholarship committee. Because we believe that academics always come first, we also require that our members attend a certain amount of peer monitored Study Hours each week, based on their GPA. We hold weekly study hours and sister tutoring for those who need this assistance!
What are the financial responsibilities?
Sigma Kappa is a not-for-profit corporation and relies on the national fees from its members to finance yearly operating expenses and chapter services. The national website for Sigma Kappa has a more detailed chart of where all finances are allocated. Your daughter will be provided a detailed breakdown of all the financial responsibilities at the time she would accept her bid from Sigma Kappa. We have a one-payment, two-payment, and three-payment plan for chapter dues for each semester. Each sister is given a choice for whatever works best for her, and if she needs more assistance, the Vice President of Finance would be happy to help!
How can parents get involved?
Every semester, we invite parents to come to Parent's weekend at Virginia Tech, and then an additional weekend for Sigma Kappa. We also hold a family weekend in the Spring, which usually consists of brunch and various activities for the weekend, including the option to tour our beautiful home. We also invite parents to get involved in our chapter's philanthropy by joining us in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in the fall! The link to register is here.
What happens after my daughter graduates? How does Sigma Kappa go beyond college?
After graduation, your daughter's presence in Sigma Kappa isn't over. She will be given the opportunity to remain involved in the organization for years to come.
With over 165,000 members worldwide and 106 alumnae chapters in 34 states, each member has the opportunity to connect with women who were also members of Sigma Kappa. Some alumnae are involved in an alumnae chapter that meets regularly for activities and service events, while others are advisors for a local chapter, while others are free to visit for their chapter's Alumnae weekends.