Understanding Sorority Life at Colorado State University

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 many new students’ involvement in a fraternity or sorority.

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 sororities’ role in campus life at Colorado State University, here’s a rundown of some common questions we hear from students at CSU.

Yes, sororities are popular among undergraduate students at Colorado State University.

CSU offers more than two dozen sororities for students to join, and Greek life has a presence across the social scene both on and off-campus at CSU. The university has a dedicated team on staff at the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to help oversee Greek life on campus and provide resources to parents and prospective members about what they can expect from joining a sorority at CSU.

How many sororities are there at CSU?

There are 25 sororities at Colorado State University for prospective members to choose from.

These include traditional Greek sororities, professional societies, and chapters for specific members of racial and ethnic groups on campus.

Greek chapters at Colorado are governed by one of five governing councils, which coordinate Greek activities and serve as a liaison between the individual chapters and the university. Four councils manage sorority life at CSU: the Panhellenic Association (PHA), Professional Fraternity Council (PFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

The fifth council, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), is specific to fraternities on campus.

The Panhellenic Association oversees most traditional Greek sororities on-campus and has the most chapters within its council, which includes some associate chapters.

The 11 sororities in the Panhellenic Association at CSU are:

  1. Chi Omega
  2. Gamma Phi Beta
  3. Kappa Alpha Theta
  4. Kappa Delta
  5. Kappa Kappa Gamma
  6. Phi Mu
  7. Pi Beta Phi
  8. Zeta Tau Alpha

Associate Panhellenic Chapters:

  1. Alpha Sigma Kappa – Women in Technical Studies
  2. Sigma Alpha – Professional Agricultural Sorority
  3. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi – Jewish Sorority

The Professional Fraternity Council supports both fraternities and sororities at CSU with a professional focus on the organization. The three sororities within the PFC are:

  1. Delta Sigma Pi
  2. Sigma Alpha
  3. Sigma Alpha Iota

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) governs historically black sororities and fraternities across the country. There are four NPHC sororities at Colorado State University:

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha
  2. Delta Sigma Theta
  3. Zeta Phi Beta
  4. Sigma Gamma Rho

The Multicultural Greek Council governs fraternities and sororities for underrepresented students of specific racial, ethnic, or social backgrounds. There are seven sororities within the MGC:

  1. Alpha Phi Gamma
  2. Delta Xi Nu
  3. Kappa Delta Chi
  4. Lambda Theta Nu
  5. Pi Lambda Chi
  6. Sigma Lambda Gamma
  7. Sigma Omega Nu

Colorado State University has 25 sororities for prospective members to choose from.

When does sorority rush begin at CSU?

The sorority rush process at Colorado State University, also known as recruitment, takes place each fall and is managed by the governing councils.

The process is much more formal for sororities within the Panhellenic Association, which will hold its Fall 2022 semester primary recruitment from September 17th – 20th. Registration for fall primary recruitment opened on June 1st. It will close on September 15th, by which date prospective new members must have submitted their online registration form to participate in PA recruitment.

Prospective new members are then invited to a weekly series of events hosted by the chapters to learn more about each sorority, the membership, and what new members can expect from joining. Sorority events are focused on leadership, philanthropy, and sisterhood, showcasing the benefits of joining a sorority for prospective new members to better understand each sorority’s unique characteristics. The recruitment process ends with Bid Day when new members are offered a bid to join one of their preferred sororities. Not all students participating in recruitment are offered a request to join, with selectivity varying by chapter.

How much does it cost to join a sorority at CSU?

Students who join a sorority at Colorado State University can expect to pay the following costs to enter and maintain an active membership with their sorority.

It’s important to note that these are the standard dues and fees to be a member but do not include additional out-of-pocket expenses for social events, including formals, off-campus outings, and socials with other Greek chapters.

New Member Dues (first semester)

  • Average: $995
  • Range: $640 – $1,589
  • Chapter Dues (per semester)
  • Average: $728
  • Range: $300 – $1,339
  • Chapter House Rent (per semester if applicable)
  • Average: $4,123
  • Range: $3,740 – $4,575

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Do sororities have their own houses at CSU?

Yes, some sororities at Colorado State University have their own houses.

It’s more common for traditional Greek sororities within the Panhellenic Association to have houses, as professional and multicultural sororities tend to have fewer members, but this varies by the sorority. Those with a house have different live-in requirements for members to ensure all sorority members have an opportunity to live in the house during their time at CSU. It’s usually the case that second and third-year students are either required or given the option to live in the house, with first-year students living in their on-campus dorms and fourth-year students living in off-campus housing.

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