Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be Catholic to join?
A: No, you do not need to be Catholic to join our sorority. However, the majority of our members are Catholic women and many of our activities reflect our faith-based values. As long as you are comfortable with that, we are happy to have you join!
Q: Does your chapter have a house?
A: We do not yet, but we will soon! Our house will be located at 640 N. 16th Street, which is a prime spot along UNL's Greek Row.
Q: What if I choose to participate in UNL's Primary Recruitment process?
A: We encourage all women to thoughtfully consider Greek life. Primary Recruitment is a wonderful way for you to be introduced to the Greek community on campus and learn about the benefits of Greek membership.
If you decide to participate in Primary Recruitment and discover that those sororities are not right for you, you can voluntarily withdraw from Recruitment at any time by simply talking with your Rho Gamma who will help you through the process. If you withdraw prior to submitting your preference card on Friday night of Primary Recruitment, then you are eligible to participate in Pi Alpha Chi's informal recruitment process.
Q: Do I need to register to be a part of informal recruitment?
A: Yes. Pi Alpha Chi has its own registration process separate from the Primary Recruitment process. By providing us with some of your information, you will help us make your recruitment experience as enjoyable as possible. To register, click on the button below.
Q: What should I wear to Pi Alpha Chi's informal recruitment events?
A: We strongly suggest potential new members dress semi-casual for our informal recruitment events. For example, a skirt, capris, casual sundress, or jeans with a nice shirt and comfortable flats or sandals are all appropriate.
For Genesis Day, you should wear denim bottoms. You will be provided with a t-shirt to change into. We also suggest that you wear comfortable shoes to make the day's activities more enjoyable.
Q: Is recruitment only for freshman?
A: Not at all! Sorority life has many wonderful opportunities for all undergraduate college women. There is no reason to miss the experience just because you are not a freshman.
Q: What are the membership fees? What do they pay for?
A: Membership dues for both new members and active members are $350.00 per semester. You will find that our dues are the least expensive across UNL's sororities since we do not have a house or national membership dues. There are also possible scholarships for members to receive to reduce the cost of these dues.
We view our dues as an investment in our own personal development. They pay for our badges, t-shirts, administrative costs, philanthropic, social, and spiritual events. They also cover our retreats, rituals, ceremonies, and academic initiatives. A complete break-down of membership dues will be provided to new members at the first meeting of their new member education program.
Q: What is the time commitment for joining Pi Alpha Chi?
A: While there are minimum participation requirements for both new members and actives, the time commitment will vary from woman to woman.
New members are required to attend their weekly new member education program, four proctored study hours, and any rituals and ceremonies that are held. They also have the option of participating in any of the social, spiritual, and/or sisterhood events. On average, this means that new members can expect to spend a minimum of three hours per week with her sisters in addition to the required study hours.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
A: There is no GPA requirement for new members during recruitment and their new member education program. However, in order to initiate, new members must have a 2.8 GPA. The Zeta pledge class initiated in January of 2018, so their GPA requirement was based on their Fall 2017 semester GPA.
Q: What if after becoming a new member of Pi Alpha Chi I decide that sorority life is not for me?
A: A new member is under no obligation to go through with initiation. The point of our new member education program is to help each woman discern whether joining Pi Alpha Chi is the right decision for her. If you determine that you would rather not join, we completely understand and respect your decision.