Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a professional organization?

Nope! While our sorority was founded to provide a supportive environment for engineers, we are a 100% social sorority that seeks to make a difference in our community.

Is Phi Sigma Rho a member of NPC?

No, Phi Rho is not a member of NPC. However, we are a full and active member of the Panhellenic Council at CWRU! Our sisters serve in various leadership positions within the Greek community and we have been fortunate to be fully included in the community.

What happens if I change my major after I join?

Nothing! Once you are part of the family, we'd love to keep you forever. We choose our members based on the values they exhibit, and those don't change if you change your major.

Does it cost money to join?

Yes, it takes some money to keep a sorority running, so each sorority charges dues every semester. This money goes towards serious business items as well as fun things like cute shirts!

Does Phi Rho have a house?

Yes, and we absolutely love it! Our house is on the top of the hill, right next to the Elephant Stairs. Most of our sisters live in the house at one point, and it's a great spot to hang out even if you don't live there.

Helpful Terms to Know

Bid: an invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.

Big/Little: when you join a chapter, you will be paired with your Big (Sister/Brother) and you will become their Little (Sister/Brother). Your Big serves as a mentor in your chapter and is often one of your closest friends in the chapter.

Disaffiliation: the process of making secret one's affiliation. Disaffiliated members do not wear their chapter's letters or tell PNMs what sorority they are a member of in order to be unbiased during recruitment.

Chapter: the specific Greek organization that you join (like Phi Sigma Rho!). The term chapter can also refer to the regular chapter meeting that all members go to in order to discuss business.

Greek Community: at the local level, all of the fraternities and sororities at CWRU. In a more general sense, all of the men and women who have been a part of a Greek organization.

Interfraternity Conference (IFC): a national umbrella organization for 69 fraternities. They act as a governing body for its members on topics such as recruitment. IFC can also refer to the local umbrella organization for the fraternities at CWRU with its own Executive Board. They meet every two weeks as a general body to discuss topics relating to our community.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): a national umbrella organization for 26 sororities. They act as a governing body for its members on topics such as recruitment.

Panhellenic Council (PHC): a local umbrella organization for the sororities at CWRU with its own Executive Board. We meet every two weeks as a general body to discuss topics relating to our community.

Potential New Member (PNM): any student who is not part of a Greek organization and can be recruited.

Recruitment: the time period where a fraternity or sorority seeks new people to join their organization.

Rho Chi: a disaffiliated recruitment counselor for sorority Formal Recruitment. They help PNMs go through the recruitment process and decide which sorority best fits with them.

Ritual: what makes each fraternity and sorority unique. Our ritual includes our values and ideals as an organization as well as secret ceremonies that only members know.