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Girls with Deltas To join Tri Delta you must go through sorority recruitment. Recruitment can be a little overwhelming in the beginning. The information in this FAQs section should help you better understand the process and why choosing Tri Delta can provide lifetime opportunities for you.

FAQs. Please scroll down or click on our Frequently Asked Questions links for answers.

  1. How do I participate in recruitment?
  2. Are there requirements and costs for participating in recruitment?
  3. What is a legacy?
  4. What does Tri Delta look for in its members?
  5. How much does it cost to be in Delta Delta Delta?
  6. Who gets to live in the Chapter House, and how much does it cost?
  7. Why do you call Delta Delta Delta a Fraternity?
  8. How much time does the new member period take?
  9. My parents are worried that if I join a sorority, my grades will suffer. What should I tell them?
  10. Does Tri Delta haze?
  11. What happens to my membership when I go abroad?
  12. Can I hold a Chapter Office in my sophomore and junior years, or do I have to wait until I am a senior?
  13. What types of social activities does Tri Delta participate in?
  1. How do I participate in recruitment?
    Delta Delta Delta is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference ("NPC"). NPC is the governing body for the 26 international women's fraternities and sororities. The collegiate NPC groups on each campus determine times and dates for recruitment (previously called rush). Please follow the link to find out more about NPC and recruitment, ( www.npcwomen.org )

    The most common way to become a member of Delta Delta Delta is to participate in formal recruitment. Please follow the link to the SU Panhellenic web site for the dates and times for formal recruitment, ( http://students.syr.edu/panhel ).

  2. Are there requirements and costs for participating in recruitment?
    The NPC groups at Syracuse are required to adhere to the NPC Compact. Among other things, this document stipulates the requirements for recruitment. These can be found at www.npcwomen.org . Basically, you have to be a woman who is regularly matriculated student who has never been an initiated member of another NPC fraternity/sorority.

    Additionally, Tri Delta has minimum GPA standards which can vary from year to year.

    The cost for participating in recruitment is paid to SU Panhellenic and is stated on their website.

  3. What is a legacy?
    Legacies are sisters and daughters of Tri Deltas. They are given special consideration during recruitment but are not guaranteed a spot in our new member group.

  4. What does Tri Delta look for in its members?
    Tri Delta’s members are each unique, but share some of the same qualities. We strive to attract members who will help us achieve Tri Delta’s stated purpose.

    We look for women who:

    • have a strong moral character
    • are poised and confident in their interpersonal relationships
    • have a quest for intellectual pursuits
    • will be able to assume leadership roles
    • are responsible and goal-oriented
    • are seeking the social and friendship aspects of sorority life

  5. How much does it cost to be in Delta Delta Delta?
    You will be required to pay the new member fee, initiation fee and new member dues and the cost of your badge (pin) before you can be initiated. Please make sure you look at the financial handout.

    The cost of membership varies slightly from year to year. You will be given a handout during recruitment with this year’s costs and fees. This handout will show the fees for your 1st semester, for a typical semester for a sister living out of the Chapter House, and for a typical semester for a sister living in the chapter House. You will be required to pay the new member fee, initiation fee and new member dues and the cost of your badge (pin) before you can be initiated. Please make sure you look at the financial handout and are willing to accept the responsibility for these fees, before you accept membership into Delta Delta Delta. Please share these costs with your parents or guardians so they are aware of the financial commitment. The fees for the first semester are higher because you pay one time charges for your pin, new member fee and initiation fee in this time period. Please also make your parents/guardians aware that living in the Chapter House (including ALL sorority fees) is less than the cost to live in University Housing.

  6. Who gets to live in the Chapter House, and how much does it cost?
    The Chapter House provides a home like living environment and is the center for Chapter activities. Living in the Chapter House is considered a privilege. The Chapter House holds 31 women. Non-resident members are encouraged to come down to the house as often as possible.

    The University requires freshman and sophomores to live in the dorms. Tri Delta requires all Chapter Members who are not required to live in University housing to live in the Chapter House if space is available. Tri Delta does not allow members to live in the chapter house on anything other a full year contract. If you are planning on going abroad in your junior year, you will either have to live in University housing or "match up" with a member who is going abroad on an alternating semester. We have many juniors who "match up" each year. Seniors will get first preference for living in the Chapter House and there is usually room for juniors who want to "live in." Major Chapter officers are required to live in the Chapter House. Room assignment is based on a point formula.

    Members not required to purchase meal plans from University dining halls may choose to participate in the Chapter board plan. The total cost for room, board and all your Tri Delta fees while living in the Chapter House is less than living in University housing. This cost will be detailed on the sheet that is given to you during recruitment. This cost includes wireless high speed internet access. The Chapter House has a full time House Director to oversee operations, meals prepared by our chef, and full time cleaning staff. The Chapter House has public rooms on the first floor including the kitchen, living room, music room, library, dining room, kitchen and back porch. The second and third floors have bedrooms and bathrooms. The lower level has the Chapter Room, the computer/study room with wired and wireless high speed internet access, storage rooms, and laundry room.

  7. Why do you call Delta Delta Delta a Fraternity?
    In 1888 when Delta Delta Delta was founded the word sorority was not in common use and the word fraternity was applied to both men’s and women’s organizations. Our National Constitution and By-Laws were established using the word fraternity. There are several early Greek letter women’s groups which are also called fraternities.

  8. How much time does the New Member Period take?
    The New Member Period is a six week process. You will be required to attend a new member meeting once a week, as well as one or two other events during the week. You will also be required to participate in the Tri Delta’s New Member Retreat program which helps you learn about Tri Delta’s history and traditions. This retreat is held on one weekend day during the New Member Period period and is usually at a rented facility within the University. In years past it has been held in Skybarn at South Campus. Social events are optional. Academic requirements are first and will ALWAYS take precedence over Tri Delta functions.

  9. My parents are worried that if I join a sorority, my grades will suffer. What should I tell them?
    The grade point average in sororities is higher than that of the all woman’s average at SU. That said, you need to choose to budget your time so that your academics take priority over sorority social functions. We have members who have excellent grades, work part time jobs, and participate fully in the sorority experience. If you are not one who budgets their time well, adding a sorority to your commitments may not be appropriate for you.

    We provide help in the way of study hours and study buddies, mentoring by upper class members in your major, and access to peer counseling.

  10. Does Tri Delta haze?
    NO! Hazing is strictly prohibited by Tri Delta. It is contrary to our purpose and is against everything that we stand for as collegiate women of distinction.

  11. What happens to my membership when I go abroad?
    Many of our members go abroad each year. We encourage our members to participate in exchange programs both nationally and internationally which will enrich their college experience. Most members, who go abroad, do so in their junior year and return to accept leadership positions in the Chapter in their Senior year and live in the Chapter House. Many juniors who are going abroad will "match up" with another member who is going abroad on an alternating semester and will live in the Chapter House for one semester in their junior year and for all of their senior year.

  12. Can I hold a Chapter Office in my sophomore and junior years, or do I have to wait until I am a senior?
    Many offices are available to newer members which allow them a chance to develop the skills and understanding they will need to lead the chapter in later years. Juniors who are going abroad may be slated for certain offices for half a year and may also be slated for full year major offices when they return from abroad.

  13. What types of social activities does Tri Delta participate in?
    The Omicron Chapter of Delta Delta Delta participates in many different social activities on campus. We have events with all the various fraternities on campus including crush parties, date parties, semi-formals, formals. We also have events with groups which are not based at SU. We have many events that are "Deltas Only" a longstanding very special Tri Delta tradition of events that are limited to our members only. We participate in philanthropic events, community service events, intramural sports, Greek Week and Homecoming. We support other fraternities and sororities philanthropies and Syracuse University sponsored events.
 
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