Consistent with our Founders’ thoughts in 1874, our primary purpose is to create an environment for our members in which lasting friendships and our values of sisterhood emanate in all aspects of our organization. We encourage an atmosphere which will foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a sense of social responsibility, and develop high qualities of character.
What is the time commitment like?
There is definitely a time commitment, but there are also so many benefits. These include leadership and networking opportunities, academic support, and lifelong friendships. As a chapter, we believe that you get out what you put in, so we encourage our sisters to get involved not just in our chapter, but in other organizations on campus as well.
Some of the events we hold are optional, but our Sisterhood Retreat, philanthropy event, Founder's Day celebration in the fall, and our weekly chapter meetings are mandatory.
Is there an academic requirement?
We do require that our members maintain at least a 2.67 cumulative GPA to be in good standing. If a member falls below this minimum, she is considered to be "not in good academic standing," meaning she must meet with our Vice President of Academic Excellence (VPAE) at the beginning of the semester to establish academic goals and create a personalized scholarship plan, complete weekly check-ins with the VPAE, and can only participate in a limited number of social events.
Sigma Kappa recognizes that education is a primary aspect of the collegiate experience, and strives to provide resources to all members in reaching their academic goals. We provide optional daily study hours for our members, as well as "Smarty Pants," a program we do at each chapter which incentivizes our members for their academic and professional successes.
What are the financial responsibilities?
Sigma Kappa is a not-for-profit corporation and relies on the national fees from its members to finance yearly operating expenses and chapter services. You can read more about those fees on our national website. Your daughter will be provided with a detailed breakdown of all the financial responsibilities should she join our chapter. If needed, payment plans can be arranged between a member and our Vice President of Finance.
How can parents get involved?
We will let your daughter know when there are events that parents can attend, but you can always feel free to check our Events page to keep up with what we have coming up soon.
What about after my daughter graduates?
After graduation, your daughter has the opportunity to remain involved in the organization for years to come. With more than 172,000 members worldwide and 100 alumnae chapters in 40 states, your daughter has the opportunity to connect with women wherever she goes in the coming years. Alumnae membership looks different for each member. Some are involved in an alumnae chapter that meets regularly for activities and service events, while others are advisors for a local chapter. Our members are able to continue their personal and professional development with Sigma Kappa through social and philanthropic activities with other alumnae members. The possibilities are endless and her Sigma Kappa involvement can and will look different over time based on her life experiences.
We value and understand any parent's questions or concerns. If you have any additional questions, please contact our chapter president, Ilana Birk, at firstname.lastname@example.org.