Understanding Sorority Life at Texas A&M University

With students returning to campus this month, many first-year students are experiencing life on a college campus for the first time.

With that comes a slew of new people, experiences, and challenges that make one’s time in college so memorable. For many new students, this includes exploring Greek life and involvement in a fraternity or sorority. 

Greek life is new to many incoming first-year students and a source of anxiety for students trying to find their way through college. To help understand the role that sororities play in campus life at Texas A&M University, here’s a rundown on some common questions we hear from TAMU students. 

Are sororities popular at TAMU?

Yes, sororities are popular among undergraduate students at Texas A&M University. Since TAMU has a history of legacy students attending the same school their parents attended, many students find themselves joining a sorority because of past family members and friends who were members. The average sorority at Texas A&M University has 295 members in the chapter. 

What percent of Texas A&M students participate in sororities?

As of the spring 2022 semester, over 5,700 Texas A&M University undergraduates are participating in Greek life. This accounts for about 11% of all undergraduate students, making Greek organizations one of the largest extracurricular activities on-campus at TAMU, along with athletics.

What are the benefits of being in a sorority at Texas A&M?

Texas A&M University outlines five primary benefits of joining a sorority on-campus. The first is friendship, given the strong social bonds among members of the same sorority. Past sorority members find that these friendships often last long after college. The second is academics, as students who participate in Greek life graduate at higher rates than non-Greek students. TAMU provides annual reports on the grade point averages of all sororities on campus. 

The third benefit identified by TAMU is leadership, as sorority members often take on additional responsibilities with their house to build skills outside the classroom. The fourth benefit is community service because sororities often take on community service projects throughout the year to support their home and community. The final benefit marketed to TAMU students is career networking since Greek life connects students across disciplines.

As of the spring 2022 semester, over 5,700 Texas A&M University undergraduates are participating in Greek life.

How many sororities are there at TAMU?

There are 18 sororities at Texas A&M University. A majority of these  – 14 of the 18 – comprise the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), which is one of four governing councils at TAMU that oversee Greek life at the university, with the CPC specific to sororities at Texas A&M. The sororities that make up the CPC are:

  1. Alpha Chi Omega
  2. Alpha Delta Pi
  3. Alpha Epsilon Phi
  4. Alpha Omicron Pi
  5. Chi Omega
  6. Delta Delta Delta
  7. Delta Gamma
  8. Delta Zeta
  9. Gamma Phi Beta
  10. Kappa Alpha Theta
  11. Kappa Delta
  12. Kappa Kappa Gamma
  13. Pi Beta Phi
  14. Zeta Tau Alpha

The remaining four sororities are part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which governs historically black fraternities and sororities on-campus at TAMU. The four sororities within the NPHC are:

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha
  2. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  3. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
  4. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

The other governing councils at TAMU are:

  1. Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  2. Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

When does sorority rush begin at Texas A&M University?

Most sororities at TAMU hold their rush – also known as recruitment – at the beginning of the fall semester. Each sorority sets its own schedule of events, but they are organized by the governing councils of which each sorority is a member. In this way, the entertainment recruitment process is organized by councils, helping line up schedules among the individual sororities. 

The recruitment process is typically a weeklong and involves a mix of social events at activities – some at the sorority houses and others at places around College Station. The week ends with Bid Day, when prospective members are offered a bid to join a sorority, although not all members that rush receive a bid. 

How much does it cost to join a sorority at TAMU?

Sorority members at Texas A&M University can expect to pay at least a couple hundred each semester for their chapter, not including housing expenses associated with living in one of the sorority houses. Costs vary by each chapter, but members can expect to pay the following expenses:

  1. New Member/Initiation Fees
  2. Chapter Dues
  3. National Chapter Dues
  4. Social Fees
  5. Room & Board (if chapter is housed)
  6. Parlor Fee (if chapter has a facility utilized by the membership)

In addition to these dues and fees, many students also have additional costs for social events hosted by their sorority throughout the year. 

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Do sororities have their own houses at Texas A&M?

Yes, most sororities at Texas A&M University have their own house, located in an area known as Sorority Row. Sorority members often live in the dorms or off-campus apartments for their first year while rushing a sorority and then live in the house during their second and third year on-campus. 

Typically fourth-year seniors do not live in the sorority houses, instead opting for another smaller home or an off-campus apartment. This ensures the sorority house has space for all members to have the chance to live with their community during their time at Texas A&M University. 

Other housing options at Texas A&M University

Many students looking for housing during their first or fourth year at Texas A&M University call Northpoint Crossing their home when they are not living in their Greek house. Conveniently located within walking distance of the campus, Northpoint Crossing offers a range of floor plans with a full suite of resident offerings. Located at 1501 Northpoint Lane, Northpoint Crossing offers fully furnished one – four bedroom apartments specifically designed for Texas A&M University students. 

The community features onsite parking with garage access to your building, bike parking, two resort-style pools, a newly rehabbed clubhouse, an expansive fitness center, and onsite resident retail. This is within walking distance of the campus, Century Square, and the Northgate district. For information on pricing and availability for the upcoming semester, contact the Northpoint Crossing team today at (979) 314-0823!