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Different Types of Sororities

by Neil Kokemuller

While social sororities remain the most common type on many college campuses, other types of sororities are available at many schools. Professional sororities, cultural and multicultural and honor society sororities are also available. While most sororities offer a blend of experiences, each typically has a core purpose or objective.

Social

A social sorority fits the profile of what many new college students view as the typical sorority. Though specific requirements vary, most social-oriented sororities have open membership to students from diverse personal and educational backgrounds. The selection process centers on finding new members whose personalities mesh well with existing members. Informal involvement with sisters and a supportive friendship network are conventions of a social sorority. Formal mixers, dinners and events are common as well.

Cultural and Multicultural

As college campuses have become more diverse, Greek organizations have as well. In fact, some schools offer cultural and multicultural groups. A cultural sorority is selective, and only recruits members from a certain ethnic origin or cultural heritage. A multicultural sorority, in contrast, intentionally includes members with a diverse cultural makeup. The purpose of this type of organization is to help members gain a diverse experience and to promote greater diversity on campus.

Service or Professional

Many sororities involve members in service projects. However, some are actually service-based. Volunteerism and civic involvement are core requirements for members, beyond social commitments. Closely related to service sororities are professional organizations. These sororities consist of members in similar educational fields and with similar career objectives. The point is to provide a combination of social and professional networking opportunities. Some professional organizations are co-ed as opposed to single-sex.

Honors-Based Sororities

In addition to, or in lieu of, a traditional sorority, female students may also earn the right to join an honors or recognition-based sorority or co-ed fraternity. Membership in this type of group is typically based primarily on grade-point average or specific educational honors. Some colleges or programs have niche honors societies, where students in certain majors can join with a minimum GPA. These types of societies are mainly co-ed.

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