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. From its establishment in 2004, Sigma has built a close relationship between alumnae and active sisters, which has proven useful as they provide invaluable professional advice and connections for life after Penn. Being a smaller sorority allows our members to have a deep connection with each of her sisters, thereby forming close friendships, and more 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. Nor does it make each sister who she is. Each sister contributes her talent, idealism, devotion, 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. As a sorority that prizes strong, independent women, we have made a deliberate choice to remain unaffiliated with another Greek organization.
Does Sigma haze?
Sigma Psi Zeta National enforces a strict non-hazing policy. 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 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.
I am not of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Can I still rush and join?
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.
When is Rush?
Sigma Psi Zeta has Rush events in the fall and spring. As part of the Multicultural Greek Council, our Rush is separate from the sororities of the Panhellenic Council and offers a worthwhile experience for all participants. 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 during which rushees and sisters become acquainted with each other, the sisters invite a group of girls 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?
After a week of Closed Rush, the pledging process begins. The Penn chapter of Sigma Psi Zeta requires a minimum GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale and you must not be a member of another general national college sorority. If a rushee is offered a bid and accepts it, she becomes a pledge for the sorority.
What is pledging?
During pledging, pledges learn about the traditions and history of Sigma Psi Zeta. They also establish bonds of sisterhood within the pledge class and with active sisters. Pledging is a unique experience, a time to create lasting memories and friendships, as well as to develop leadership and time management skills. Sigma Psi Zeta strictly follows the university and our own national rules against hazing and the mistreatment of pledges.
What is the time commitment for pledging and will it affect academics?
Pledging is certainly a commitment, but the amount of time that you devote to it depends on you. The more time you put in, the more valuable your experience will be. Pledging takes time, but it is definitely manageable. As a sorority, we strive for academic excellence and will always put your academic performance first. The sisters are there to support and help you along the way.