Parents Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will my daughter benefit from joining a sorority?
A: Sororities have a rich history at NJIT. These organizations are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Sororities are groups of women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education. Advantages include:
- A support group to help make the adjustment to college easier
- Scholastic resources to help students achieve their academic goals
- Leadership skills acquired through hands-on experience
- Encouragement to get involved and maximize their potential on campus
- Opportunities for active participation in community service projects
Q: How will joining a sorority affect my daughter's academic pursuits?
A: Sororities serve as a great resource for students academically through study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high grade point average for initial membership into the organization. Our chapter requires each member to hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
Q: What is the financial obligation?
A: Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. New member can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones.
Q: Is hazing a part of the sorority culture at NJIT?
A: Alpha Sigma Tau has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the sorority and the University and therefore, it is not tolerated.