Rush FAQ

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How is Sigma different from other sororities?

As an Asian-interest sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta differs from Pan-Hellenic Greek sororities in that it is a smaller and thus more tight-knit organization. Since its establishment in 2004, Sigma has built a close relationship between its alumnae and active sisters, which has proven useful as they provide invaluable professional advice and connections for life after Penn. The smaller, more cohesive environment also fosters the development of deep connections among sisters, thereby forming close relationships and opportunities for leadership and growth. Last but not least, our organization is small enough for every voice to be heard, but large enough to affect change in Penn’s community and beyond.

What can I expect from a “typical” Sigma sister?

There is no “typical” Sigma sister. Sisterhood is not a mold for women to fit into, more is it the sole identifying factor of a woman. Each sister contributes her talent, commitment, and energy to Sigma, giving our sisterhood the character it has today. With the unique bonds and special memories formed as sisters, we hope that each sister will change our sisterhood, helping it to grow and evolve through time.

Does Sigma have a brother fraternity?

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. does not have a brother fraternity. Sigma ┬áchampions strength and independence, and was founded with those two values in mind. We respect and uphold our founders’ vision, and have made a deliberate choice to remain unaffiliated with another Greek organization.

Does Sigma haze?

Nationwide, Sigma Psi Zeta enforces a strict non-hazing policy. In fact, our organization’s national philanthropy is “to combat the violence against women.” With this in mind, we are against the disrespect of women in all its myriad of forms. Subsequently, we do not mentally, physically, or emotionally degrade our pledges. To do so would work against the ties of loyalty, allegiance, and dedication that we aim to create.

Can I still rush and join if I am not of Asian of Pacific Islander descent?

Absolutely! Although we are an Asian-interest sorority, we welcome women of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities. In fact, we are the most diverse national Asian-interest sorority in terms of race and ethnicity.

How much are the semesterly dues to remain active in Sigma?

Our semesterly dues are usually between $250-300.

When is Rush?

Sigma Psi Zeta holds Rush events in the Fall and Spring. Because we are part of the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), our Rush is separate from that of Panhellenic sororities, which is traditionally held only in the Spring. Our Rush offers a worthwhile experience for all participants, regardless of their initial interest in joining either an MGC or Panhellenic sorority. All Rush events are free and there is no obligation to join. You can find information about our Rush this semester here.

What is the difference between Open and Closed Rush?

During Open Rush, we welcome any and all girls interested in exploring Greek life and learning about Sigma Psi Zeta. Following a week of Open Rush events, the sisters invite a group of women to participate in Closed Rush. Those interested in receiving invitations for Closed Rush should attend one General Interest Meeting, and as many other events of their choice as possible. Closed Rush events include a dessert night, one-on-one date with a sister of your choice, as well as an interview with the Chapter.

What happens after Closed Rush?

If a closed rushee is offered a bid and accept it, she begins the pledging process. This is also referred to as the intake program. Intakes must have a minimum GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale and must not be a member of another general national college sorority.

What is the intake program?

During the intake program, intakes learn about the traditions and history of Sigma Psi Zeta. They also establish bonds of sisterhood within the intake class, active sisters, and alumnae. The intake process is a unique opportunity to create lasting memories and friendships, as well as to develop leadership and time management skills. Sigma Psi Zeta strictly follows all University and National rules against hazing.

Will the intake program affect my academics?

At the University of Pennsylvania, we understand that students prioritize academics; we at Sigma Psi Zeta do too. While you can adjust how much time you devote the program, the more effort you put in, the more valuable your experience will be. As a sorority, we strive for academic excellence and will always put your academic performance first – we are here to support you along the way.