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"It is something you can't experience until you join," says one UH students on Greek life. Applications close Sept. 5 for Panhellenic recruitment.  |  Courtesy of Houston Panhellenic Council

“It is something you can’t experience until you join,” says one UH student on Greek life. Applications close Sept. 5 for Panhellenic recruitment. | Courtesy of Houston Panhellenic Council

Panhellenic sorority recruitment applications opened May 1 to all female UH students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and will close September 5. There is a $60 fee to register, and applicants will receive two t-shirts and food during recruitment.

“With UH being a commuter school, it helps to have roots on campus and a sorority can provide that. It’s a great way to find your sisters,” said Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment Liz Russell. “Stereotypes can be scary — Hollywood has had its way with Greek life — but that’s not really the case. It is something you can’t really experience until you join.”

Recruitment will take place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14, with the final announcement of houses occurring Sept. 15.

“I rushed because I have 3 biological sisters at home but I wanted a different bond and people that I could look up to,” biology sophomore and Chi Omega member Hannah Tran said. “I knew I could find women that would help me grow into the person I want to be.”

There are currently seven chapters at UH: Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa and Zeta Tau Alpha. Women going through recruitment will visit each house at least once and narrow down the options from there.

“Recruitment helped me make friends, and I’ve stayed friends with them even after we went into separate sororities,” Delta Zelta member Erika Potts said.

Throughout the recruitment process women will be divided into groups to meet the sororities.

“I would encourage all women considering recruitment to do their research; it’s good to know before you walk into the houses,” Russell said. “Especially with the new sorority joining campus — it will help to consider who your values align most with.”

The Panhellenic is an organization composed of 26 sororities, seven of which are represented at UH. The Houston Panhellenic Council strives for academic success and exceptional social experiences.

“It brings great positive opportunities to your college experience,” said Phi Mu membership director Maria Martnez. “From philanthropy volunteering to making lifelong friendships, it’s an amazing journey.”

Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity or sorority members.

“It is a great way to network. That’s how I was able to find my mentor who has offered valuable advice that I would never (have) received otherwise,” said advertising senior and Chi Omega Member Audrey Terrazas-Albright. “It’s a great way to build lasting relationships, not only with the girls in your chapter, but in other sororities as well. It has been a fun and exciting journey that I will never regret.”

In order to apply, women must upload a resume and transcript to

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