Hello and welcome to the Chi Omega Recruitment page! 
Chi Omega is far more than just one chapter at Arizona State University. Thousands of women across the nation have called Chi Omega not just a house, but a home. We use Chi Omega and its great purposes as the moral compass to guide us to self-fulfillment. As successful young women, we can further develop what women before us have accomplished and help our women flourish.

Throughout college, you will grow academically, attend social events, participate in philanthropic activities and encounter endless leadership opportunities. The experiences gained during membership in Chi Omega helps us through our undergraduate studies and pave the way to our future.

As a Chi Omega, you will leave college with fond memories, a foundation for leadership, and the best friends and sisters you will ever encounter. Chi Omega cultivates a place for personal growth where you will develop lasting friendships and build the foundation for successful leadership that can be used during your collegiate years and beyond. Below is the schedule for 2013 Formal Recruitment, some commonly asked questions, and a Greek glossary!

For more information on ASU Greek life and registration, please visit the ASU Panhellenic website at and register at

We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!

- Jordan Hedeby
Recruitment Chair

Recruitment Questions

Why Go Greek?

  • Every United States President since the 1830′s has been Greek except five.
  • Two-thirds of the members of Congress and 80% of the Supreme Court are members of fraternities or sororities.
  • Half of all S & P 500 officers and directors are Greek.
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by members of fraternities or sororities.
  • A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a Greek organization graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority students graduate.
  • Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
  • Greek undergraduates raise about $7 million a year for local and national charities.

Why Chi Omega?

  • Every year, over 5,000 undergraduate women across America join Chi Omega for fun and lifelong friendships.
  • There are 173 Chi Omega chapters in the United States.
  • Chi Omega is the largest sorority in the world with over 300,000 initiates.

How much time does a sorority take?
Weekly, meetings are held as a chapter, where information on chapter events is exchanged. Chapter study sessions are also a programming option for all members in addition to events like sisterhood activities, community service projects and social events. Keep in mind that the more you put into the sorority, the more you will get out of it.

How long will it take to be initiated?
Each Greek organization has a different program concerning the initiation of its new members. In Chi Omega, one of our main purposes is scholarship and it is important to us that each woman demonstrate their ability to thrive at the university level before committing herself to an outside organization. Because of this, women are initiated in January, after one semester of membership.

Am I going to have time for a sorority with school work?
Absolutely! Sorority women have consistently higher GPAs than non-Greek students. Chi Omega offers many academic resources, as well as over a hundred friends for you to study with!

Does it cost a lot?
Joining a sorority does carry a financial commitment. Chi Omega is a non-profit organization, and we use dues to support our activities. Each semester, our chapter offers the Joan Mueller Etter Memorial Scholarship, rewarded to women who have earned a 4.0 GPA, which reimburses the woman for last semesters dues. There are also many other scholarship opportunities that become available throughout the year.

For more information, please visit the Arizona State Panhellenic website:

2013 Recruitment Schedule

Friday, August 30st, 2012
Round 1 at Memorial Union
Potential New Members (PNMs) attend all parties (attend all houses). PNMs visit each chapter in their Recruitment Counselor groups for 15 minutes each.

Saturday, August 31st, 2012
Round 2 at Memorial Union
PNMs may attend up to nine parties. Each party is 30 minutes long.

Sunday, September 1nd, 2012
Round 3 at Memorial Union
PNMs may attend up to six parties. Each party is 45 minutes long.

Monday, September 2rd
Preference Night at Memorial Union
PNMs may attend up to two parties. Each party is one hour long.

Tuesday, September 3th, 2012
PNMs will receive a bid from a sorority!

What to Wear:
Each day of recruitment gets progressively dressier, with Preference Night ending in cocktail attire. You want to look your best, but at the same time let your attire show who you are! Keep in mind that you will be standing a lot, so wear comfortable shoes!

The ASU Panhellenic Recruitment Pamphlet, available in the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union Building has further information including what to wear for each day of recruitment.

Glossary of Terms and Greek Alphabet

We hope that our website helps make this process less stressful. Below we have provided a glossary of terms and alphabet to help you become better acquainted with the Greek system.


Alumnae Advisory Board
Chi Omega alumnae who volunteer their time to work with a chapter and provide leadership and continuity.

A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority with full chapter privileges and responsibilities.

Bid Day
The day each sorority welcomes new members.

Big Sister
An active member who serves as a friend and confidante to a new member. She is paired with a new member known as her Little Sister. This person may or may not be one of the Little Sister’s Owl Pals.

Cardinal Cabinet
A vehicle through which all members may be involved in the chapter’s programming. Directors each lead a team of chapter members. The G.K.A. oversees the Cardinal Cabinet.

The local group which represents a segment of the national organization.

Chi O Creations
A boutique/merchandising store which markets official Chi Omega sports wear and memorabilia to our members. Chi O Creations is a not-for-profit entity of the Fraternity. All of the proceeds are returned to the Fraternity to underwrite educational programming for our members.

Chi Omega Badge
Chi Omega’s badge is a monogram of the Greek letter “Chi” superimposed over the Greek letter “Omega” in raised gold or silver. Each Initiated member purchases a badge.

Chi Omega Crest
Chi Omega’s Crest was adopted in 1902. The crest portrays emblems known and loved by Chi Omegas.

Chi Omega Foundation
The fund-raising organization of Chi Omega. Its purpose through contributions from members, is to underwrite leadership, educational, and charitable programs.

A celebration each year in honor of our Founders.

The Eleusis
The official magazine of Chi Omega Fraternity. Members automatically receive a lifetime subscription!

Executive Headquarters
Chi Omega’s national office where all Fraternity business is conducted. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the Executive Headquarters is also the home of the Chi Omega Foundation, Chi O Creations, and the Fraternity’s National Archives.

A member of a fraternity or sorority.

House Corporation Board
Chi Omega alumnae who manage the material assets of a chapter.

A ceremony new members experience upon completion of the New Member Program where the secrets of Chi Omega are revealed. Afterwards, new members are considered active members.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The governing body of male fraternities on a college/university campus.

National Consultants
Chi Omega alumnae who assist chapters with leadership and educational programming. Every chapter is visited by one of the National Consultants at least once each year.

New Member Pin
Chi Omega’s new member pin is a black enamel oval edged with gold. The Greek letters Chi and Omega are in the center. Each new member receives a new member pin during her new member period. Once the new member is initiated, she replaces the new member pin for the Chi Omega badge.

National Panhellenic Conference.

Owl Pal
An active member assigned to a new member on a weekly basis at the beginning of her new member experience.

Panhellenic Council
The governing body of women’s fraternities on the college/university campus. Panhellenic is committed to Greek unity and cooperation.

Recruit or Rushee
A person interested in becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.

Recruitment or Rush
A time during which new members are selected.

Six Purposes
The six ideals that guide the direction of all of Chi Omega’s programming. Those purposes are Friendship, High Standards of Personnel, Sincere Learning and Creditable Scholarship, Participation in Campus Activities, Career Development, and Community Service.

Greek Alphabet & Pronunciation: