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Old 01-15-2017, 03:31 PM
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Transferring To A University Without My Chapter

*Sorry if this is the wrong spot for this post, I'm new around here!*


So here's the situation: I'm a second semester college freshman who did not go through formal recruitment but took an open bid from my NPC sorority back around late September and got initiated several weeks later. I wasn't really aware of what Greek Life did or was involved in until I got to college and went to a few open sisterhoods, and now that I know about its connections to philanthropy and it's great support system for its members, I don't want to be without it.

I am a very academically driven student, and I've discovered that the university I am attending now does not provide the best environment for that, which is one of the main reasons why I am looking to transfer elsewhere. This isn't much of a surprise, the choice to attend this school was more hasty than I would have preferred, but I didn't see myself wanting to transfer when I joined my sorority, that's why I went through with it. My education is extremely important to me though, and I do love my sisters and everything, I just think it is best that I find a university that I feel suits my drives and aspirations more.

I've read that it is possible to transfer to a school with a chapter of your sorority and have a chance to get accepted in by them through a voting system. However, the sorority I am affiliated with is extremely regional and there is not another university in my state or any neighboring states that hosts a chapter of this sorority, let alone also having my major (I've done a lot of looking and research about all of this).

So I'm really looking for some advice here, and I know the members of this forum can be really helpful. I love Greek Life and everything it stands for, but my education is so important too, and I'd hate to have to give it all up because I signed that open bid just a few short months ago. I've been a member for such a short time that I haven't even really had a chance to get that heavily involved like I would love to.

Long story short, would there be any possible way for me to stay a part of Greek Life if I were to transfer to another school without a chapter of this sorority? I really don't mind if there are a ton of hoops to jump through for this, in my mind it would be worth the effort.

Thanks for any and all advice!
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:38 PM
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If you mean can you rush again, no. because you've been initiated. I expect you could go alum with your chapter. Others here will have other suggestions as well.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:39 PM
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If you've already been initiated to an NPC sorority there is no way to be initiated to another one, and it is likely that the chapter would easily find out if you tried this. So I wouldn't recommend even considering that.

If you transfer to a school without your sorority on campus, you can try to get involved in the local alumnae association (hopefully there is one).

Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that there are no schools in the surrounding states with your sorority and major, but maybe that's just me.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:49 PM
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Thanks,

I do understand that going through formal recruitment at the new school is not an option, especially behind my sorority's back. I don't want to be sneaky or anything, I just don't know if there is anyone I can talk to about this. None of it is out of bad blood, just to better my education and give myself better opportunities to thrive.

And in response to robinseggblue, there is only one active collegiate chapter of my sorority in my state (mine), and four total in the neighboring states, and none of these four universities have my specific fine arts major. There is a small handful of alumnae associations that I can look into though! I promise I have done the research on this, and it just saddens me that if I want a good education as well as the opportunity to stay in Greek Life that I would have to travel several states away.

Thanks again for your replies!

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Old 01-15-2017, 03:50 PM
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Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that there are no schools in the surrounding states with your sorority and major, but maybe that's just me.
She might not be able to afford out of state or to travel several states away. In my state, there are some majors that are hard to find. They are either at two schools: one public and one private or at just one. Pharmacy is at one private and one public only. Biomedical engineering is only at one, you can start at a couple but have to transfer to the main campus. Computer Information Systems is only at one. Liberal arts majors are easier to find, but certain STEM and information technology majors are not.

OP: there are career organizations on most campuses. They may not be like your sorority, but a professional organization might be able to fill some of those needs.
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OP: there are career organizations on most campuses. They may not be like your sorority, but a professional organization might be able to fill some of those needs.
Thanks for this advice! It might not be the same, but it is definitely something I can look into!
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:41 PM
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The suggestion to look into a professional or pre-professional organization is a great one.

Look into other groups on campus as well. I think you will find that the camaraderie that you found through your sorority can be present more often than you realize (ex. sports teams, performance group such as dance or a capella, newspaper E-board, robotics competition team, org that puts on a huge event for the school, etc.). I would say that, in general, if the student organization is such that it forces people to spend a lot of time together toward a common goal, it is likely that you can find a similar type of camaraderie there.
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:31 PM
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She might not be able to afford out of state or to travel several states away. In my state, there are some majors that are hard to find. They are either at two schools: one public and one private or at just one. Pharmacy is at one private and one public only. Biomedical engineering is only at one, you can start at a couple but have to transfer to the main campus. Computer Information Systems is only at one. Liberal arts majors are easier to find, but certain STEM and information technology majors are not.
Thanks! I graduated with a very common and popular major, so I was having trouble wrapping my head around this. You made great points and I appreciate it.
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