Academic Requirements for Joining
All potential members must have at least a cumulative and previous term GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale. Potential members must also be registered as full time undergraduate students of the University, majoring in any of the following:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Applied Sciences in Engineering
- Biochemical Engineering
- Bioenvironmental Engineering
- Biological Sciences
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell Biology and Neuroscience
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
*This list is not guaranteed to include all possible eligible majors
New Member Fees
New Members Fee of $150.00 covers all the following:
- National New Member Fee - $80.00
- National Initiation Fee - $7.50
- National Pin Fee - $32.50
- National New Member Insurance Fee - $15.00
- Big Sister Gift - $20.00
*These fees are subject to change as prices change or as needed.
In order for a Candidate to be initiated into the sorority, she must complete the following requirements:
- Attend the Induction ceremony.
- Attend weekly Candidate meetings.
- Attend chapter meetings as required.
- Attend candidate retreat.
- Wear the pin while in business casual attire on the days specified by the Membership Educator during her candidate period.
- Attend Inspiration Week events.
- Attend meetings with her Big sister.
- Respect her fellow Candidates as well as the Sorority and all of its Members.
- Attend a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program.
- Attend the Initiation ceremony.
- Learn all material covered in the Phi Sigma Rho Member Manual, and pass the corresponding exams.
- Pay Candidate Dues.
No Chapter or Member shall conduct or condone hazing activities.
Hazing Activities are defined as any action taken or situation
created intentionally, whether on or off the Chapter premises or
campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrasment,
harassment, or ridicule.
Examples of hazing activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Forcing, requiring, or endorsing the consumption of alcoholic beverages or any other drug.
- Physical and psychological shocks; creation of excessive fatigue including sleep deprivation; paddling in any form; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; or requiring ingestion of any undesirable, unwanted substance.
- Blindfolding at anytime; requiring walking or marching in formation; wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; or engaging in public stunts and buffoonery.
- Verbal harassment including yelling at a person; deception or threats contrived to convince a person that she would not become a Member; or any type of personal servitude such as running errands.
- Expecting participation in an activity that the full membership would not do; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines or the Chapter premises or campus that are limited to candidates for membership; or any other activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, the governing laws of the Sorority, the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.
The Chapter shall always abide by the Alcohol and Drug Policy of Phi
Sigma Rho and of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The
Vice President, Risk Management Chair and Social Chair will be
responsible for the enforcement of this policy.
- It is the responsibility of each Member of the Sorority to be aware of the state laws concerning alcohol and their consequences.
- Each Member and Associate Member is charged with the responsibility of keeping a concerned and watchful eye over her Sisters at all Sorority events.
- The Chapter is responsible for conducting a mandatory education program concerning alcohol for both Actives and Associate members each semester.
- No quantity of alcohol or illegal substances will ever be paid for with Sorority funds.
- No individual may possess alcohol or illegal substances on house grounds.
- No theme parties will be based on an alcoholic beverage or on becoming intoxicated.
- At any Sorority-sponsored event alcohol may only be provided by a licensed bartender.
- At every social event where alcoholic beverages are served there must be nonalcoholic beverages and food served. These must be easily accessible and available throughout the event.
- At every social event there will be two designated drivers called silver sweatshirts, who will NOT drink any alcohol prior to or during the function.
- All Sisters attending a social event will be escorted home by a designated driver, taxi service, or will walk home with or be driven by another person who is not under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.
- All state and University laws regarding alcohol and drugs must be followed at all Sorority events.
- Punishments of any violators of the above policy will be determined by Standards Board.
The Rutgers University Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority, extends a warm welcome to you and your daughter. We are excited that your daughter chose Phi Sigma Rho, the only National Engineering and Engineering Technologies sorority, as her family.
Our sisterhood consists of more than 7,000 active sisters and alumnae that are actively helping each other succeed in life. Phi Sigma Rho originated at Purdue University in 1984 and has since spread to 36 other collegiate campuses all over the United States. We have been providing lifelong friendships, striving for academic and professional success, and encouraging all sisters in their endeavors since 1984.
Your daughter will participate in our eight week membership education program to learn about Phi Sigma Rho. The program will educate your daughter in the history of Phi Sigma Rho and teach her to focus on her own personal and academic development. There are many leadership opportunities for her to take advantage of during her membership education period. Phi Sigma Rho is committed to providing your daughter with a balanced academic and social experience throughout her college career and for the rest of her life. Upon successful completion of her membership education program, she will be initiated as a Sister and a member of Phi Sigma Rho.
Phi Sigma Rho strives to promote these virtues in each of our Sisters and the great women that surround us through our objectives:
● To foster and provide the broadening experience of sorority living with its social and moral challenges and responsibilities for the individual and the chapter.
● To develop the highest standard of personal integrity and character.
● To promote academic excellence and support personal achievement, while providing a social balance.
● To aid the individual in the transition from academic to the professional community.
● To maintain sorority involvement with the alma mater and the community through responsible participation.
● To maintain the bond of sisterhood with alumnae members through communication, consultation, and participation in Sorority functions.
Please visit www.phisigmarho.org to learn more about your daughter's Sorority or www.psr.rutgers.edu to learn more about your daughter’s specific Sorority chapter.
Your daughter will have a lifetime of rewarding experiences as a Sister of Phi Sigma Rho, the National Engineering and Engineering Technologies Sorority. We look forward to having you, her parents, take a supportive role in her sorority experience.
Phi Sigma Rho - Xi Chapter