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Unofficial Homepage of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC

Although my intent when I started this website was to help my sorors, it was inevitable that PROSPECTIVE Deltas would visit here, in their attempt to glean information about the sorority.

Following is my attempt to answer the questions of those who would like to be Deltas. This is NOT official information... just some basic information that might help you in your quest.

The information is basically given in two sections: Undergraduate and Overall.

Undergraduate Requirements for Membership Intake:

Any woman of good character is eligible for collegiate membership in the sorority provided that she:

is matriculated at a college or university, approved by the Scholarship and Standards Committee, in day evening or extention classes as a student pursuing work leading to an initial baccaluaurate degree or its equivalency.

has completed at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours at a college or university approved by the Scholarship and Standards Committee of the Sorority.

has an official stamped transcript from a college or university approved by the Scholarship and Standards Committee of the Sorority denoting at least a 2.5 G.P.A.on a 4.0 scale or its equivalence on other scales.

For All Interestd Parties...

Why do you want to be a member of Delta Sigma Theta? I will not tell you what your answer should be, since each person will have her own reasons... but this is something that you must SERIOUSLY consider. It is not sufficient to say that you want to be a Delta in order to emulate your mother, aunt, sister, teacher, etc.... ESPECIALLY if that person has not remained active with Delta.

How much do you know about Delta? DO YOUR RESEARCH! Why would you want to be a part of an organization you know little or nothing about? Some good resource are

What do you bring to Delta? What are your assets? What kind of public service have you done on your own? Delta is a public service sorority. You'll find Deltas active in

and a host of other organizations. As a matter fact, if you're interested in Delta, the best way to get to know Deltas is for you to get active in some of the other organizations that we are active in. We will notice your work and consider you an asset to Delta.

How do you act at the Rush? Treat it like a JOB INTERVIEW! It's really very similar... you want to show off your best qualities and you've got a short time to do it. Make it count. Don't be overbearing, but it's not wise to appear aloof, either. Be friendly and show genuine interest. Ask questions, but not those that you already know the answer to or ones that have obvious answers. If you see a Delta there who you know from some other part of your life, make sure you make contact with her and let her know where you know her from.

Several undergrads have asked what they can do if the Delta chapter at their school is suspended. The answer is simple... nothing, short of transferring to a school where the chapter is not suspended. If the chapter will not be active by the time you graduate (and you don't want to transfer), set your sights on an alumnae chapter after you get your degree. You cannot pledge at a school with an active chapter unless you are enrolled there as a degree-seeking student. If you are attending part-time, you must be taking at least half of the credits required to be a full-time student.

Can you pledge an undergraduate chapter if you are still at that school persuing a graduate degree? NO. Once you have received a bachelors degree, you no longer qualify for undergraduate membership. You must be invited (YES, INVITED!) to join a graduate (alumnae) chapter.

A frequent question is "How do I let the Deltas on my campus/in my community know that I am interested without being annoying"? The answer depends on whether you already know a Delta. If you know one and feel comfortable with her, then simply express your interest, requesting that you be notified if membership intake is scheduled. If you later hear that membership intake is scheduled and you haven't gotten any information about it, express your interest again.... but don't "hound" us. We DO have lives outside of Delta.

If there's a Delta you'd really like to get to know better, try inviting her to lunch (or brunch on Sunday afternoon), making it clear when you extend the invitation that you'd like to get to know her better and find out about Delta. Then use that time to tell her how you feel about Delta, what you have to offer the sorority, what you've done to prepare yourself. Ask her about her own involvement in Delta and if there are upcoming activities that you can help with or participate in. Ask her opinion of what you should be doing to prepare yourself. You can't "buy" her vote, but she'll remember that you invited her and she'll probably look upon you favorably because you took a chance. She may even recommend you to her other chapter members!

If you do not know a Delta, YOU'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH PUBLIC SERVICE! Get out there and work in your community and you will surely meet one. It also wouldn't hurt to attend any public Delta functions that you can. You will need to submit a letter of recommendation from an active Delta. If she does not know you well, she cannot write this letter for you, so please don't ask a Delta you barely know to recommend you! How well should she know you? Well enough for her to leave her children with you - or leave you alone with her husband - or give you a key to her home or car. Deltas are SISTERS, remember.

How much are dues? You'll be given this information when you attend a RUSH... Until then, you really don't need to know.

Guess what? Just because you meet the minimum requirements for membership (GPA, public service, recommendations, etc.) doesn't mean you'll be selected! Surprised? Don't be... Every Delta in the chapter that you apply to has a vote - and you must get a majority of those votes. If you don't get a majority, you will NOT "make line"... plain and simple. Delta is a MEMBERSHIP organization - you don't just AUTOMATICALLY get in.

If you are approached to join a "Delta Interest Group", DON'T DO IT! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority does not have or sanction interest groups.

A couple of final notes... Are you willing to make a FINANCIAL commitment to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority? It's not enough to pay to pledge - Delta's business takes ONGOING financial support. Too many people have been willing to spend a small fortune to get in and then complain about dues once they are members.

Delta is not just a lifetime commitment... Delta is a LIFESTYLE! We do not need people who only wear tshirts or step. If you cannot make Delta and its programmatic thrusts a prominent part of your life FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LIFE, please find another sorority.

If you have a question that is not answered here, send me an email message and I'll try to answer it... but PLEASE proofread what you write. I have received countless messages from prospectives who cannot form simple sentences. If you can't understand what you wrote, don't expect me to understand what you've written. If you don't receive an answer, I probably couldn't figure out what you were asking... and PLEASE - don't ask me questions that I've already answered above.

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