Women join Alpha Sigma Tau through collegiate chapters—or chapters on college campuses across the country. Joining a sorority is typically known as the recruitment process, and it differs from campus-to-campus.
Here are a few FAQs about joining Alpha Sigma Tau.
How do I join Alpha Sigma Tau?
The recruitment process is different at each college and university, so we recommend reaching out to your student life/activities office or your College Panhellenic Association to get more details.
In a nutshell, the recruitment process is a mutually selective process. The Alpha Sigma Tau chapter at your school needs to determine if you meet our qualifications for membership, and you need to determine if Alpha Sigma Tau is the right fit and community for you. When we both decide it’s a great fit, then you become a new member.
Sometimes our chapters can extend invitations (known as bids) any time of year—even outside of a structured recruitment process that your campus hosts. It never hurts to reach out to an Alpha Sigma Tau member to introduce yourself and ask! Find our collegiate chapter listing here.
Am I eligible to join?
You’re eligible to participate in general sorority recruitment if you:
- Are a regularly matriculated student on campus (meaning you’re pursuing a four-year degree)
- Have never been initiated into another NPC group
- Have not been a new member of another NPC group on your campus since the last primary recruitment period
Are there requirements or prerequisites to join?
Alpha Sigma Tau chapters use values-based recruitment. This means that our values guide our recruitment process. Qualification for membership in Alpha Sigma Tau is based on six fundamental standards: scholarship, leadership, community service, character, personal development, and financial responsibility.
To meet our standards of membership, an individual must:
- Be an undergraduate student at a college or university where Alpha Sigma Tau has a chapter.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. (Local GPA requirements may be higher.)
- Meet all financial obligations to the National Sorority and her chapter.
- Not be, or ever have been, an initiated member of another sorority in the National Panhellenic Conference.
My relative is an Alpha Sigma Tau. Who should I tell?
If you have a relative who is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, you’re what’s known as a Legacy. All sororities are different, but Alpha Sigma Tau defines a Legacy as someone who has a blood or step-relative (mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or cousin) who is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau.
If you’re going through a structured recruitment process, you’ll indicate this on your recruitment profile when you sign up. If your school doesn’t have a structured recruitment process, you can just tell the chapter.
We also recommend that your relative who is a member writes a Recommendation for you. Simply put, this is a way for her to facilitate a connection between you and the chapter and explain why you’d be a great addition to Alpha Sigma Tau! Recommendations are welcome at any and all chapters throughout the year.
What will the conversations with Alpha Sigma Tau look like?
When our members are talking to potential new members, we’re looking to learn more about you and how you meet our values. We want to hear about how you’re involved on campus, how you’re committed to your academics, what goals you’ve set for yourself, what you’re interested in gaining from a sorority experience, and more. But this process isn’t just about us—it’s about you too! We want to make sure you have all the information you want and need to make the best decision for you. We recommend you ask our members about:
- Academic success: How do members balance their sorority time with school? How does AΣT focus on academics? What’s the GPA requirement?
- Sisterhood: How do members develop strong connections with one another and have fun together? What programs or activities are provided for new members to develop these strong relationships?
- Chapter expectations: What expectations are there for members? What happens if expectations aren’t being met?
- Health and safety: How do Sisters keep one another safe on campus? How does AΣT emphasize the importance of safety above all else?
- Housing: Is there a sorority house or on-campus housing? Can you describe the process of how members are chosen to live in this space?
- Leadership and member development: What opportunities will I have to grow as a leader? What is the expectation for members’ involvement in other on-campus organizations?
- Financial commitment: What does the financial commitment look like as a new member and after? Are there payment plans if I cannot pay all at once?
- Philanthropy and service: How does Alpha Sigma Tau get involved in the community? Do you have a signature fundraising event?
How does recruitment work with social distancing/virtual events?
The safety of our members and friends is our first priority. All AΣT chapters are expected to follow their local and campus guidelines as it relates to physical distancing and events. Some campuses have physically-distanced recruitment while other campuses have a completely virtual experience. Alpha Sigma Tau chapters also follow our national temporary policies and best practices related to events that minimize close physical contact.
Regardless if you’re meeting in person or via Zoom, the women of Alpha Sigma Tau are excited to get to know you!
Learn more about sorority recruitment ↓
If you have more questions about the sorority recruitment process, we encourage you to visit The Sorority Life.