There are several ways to become a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Most commonly, AOII seeks potential new members through a formal recruitment process on campuses where we have collegiate chapters. However, working within Panhellenic guidelines, chapters may also be allowed to recruit informally.
The addition of a collegiate chapter on a campus where one does not exist is called "extension" and evolves through a well-planned process involving the National Panhellenic Conference, the college or university, and AOII to help guarantee the success of the new chapter.
AOII also has an Alumna Initiate membership program to recruit new members who are no longer collegians. More specific information on how to become a member and how to recommend someone else for membership is available in this section.
AOII’s New Member Program, much like the educational mission of Alpha Omicron Pi, is centered on a promise. This mutual agreement between new members and AOII helps our organization to grow and flourish, all while ensuring the development and integrity of our members.
New member classes meet weekly to learn about AOII as they build their sisterhood. During these meetings, they will utilize the AOII membership education manual, The Promise, which provides information about AOII, our history, our policies and our principles. In addition to weekly meetings, a new member retreat is held to allow members to bond as a group through a fun day or overnight trip together.
On top of learning about AOII, new members are also able to participate in scheduled Greek Life events and support their fellow fraternity and sorority organizations’ philanthropic events.
The typical new member period lasts 6 to 8 weeks and is strategically planned to provide members with an exceptional new member experience. The culmination of this period includes AOII initiation preparation activities.
A Membership Information Form (MIF) is our easy-to-use, electronic form that provides information on a Potential New Member (PNM) to a collegiate chapter for recruitment. All initiated members of AOII, in good standing, are encouraged to participate in this process that benefits both the chapter and the PNM. Collegiate members are allowed to submit MIFs for chapters other than their own.
Hello Potential New Member, Formal Recruitment and the school year starting is just around the corner. Whether this is your first year or college or you have already started your college journey, I just want to say welcome and thank you for considering joining Greek life. I remember two years ago sitting in my Abel dorm room; I was anxious, scared, but excited. I was not sure what to expect through the long days. But I want you to know that it is all worth it. Alpha Omicron Pi became a place for me to feel at home. It became a place for me to be myself. Joining a sorority is easily the best decision I have made in college because I am surrounded by amazing women who support my dreams and goals, make me laugh at 2 am, motivate me with a coffee to keep studying for an exam, and give me the biggest hugs when I need them most. Formal recruitment introduces you to a new home in college. This home will be filled with amazing women and the opportunity for sisterhood, leadership positions, service, college loyalty and many other values. The Greek community has brought me so much joy and I can confidently say I continue to become a stronger, better person as the years go by. My advice? Keep an open mind through the whole process. Talk to your rho gam, as they are a great resource for questions, concerns, and advice. Stay true to yourself and what you truly value. Let that wonderful personality of yours shine in each house you step into. You will find connections in each conversation you make on your favorite hobbies, tv shows, and future goals. Look around at the relationships within each chapter and see if you can picture yourself that way. Notice the interactions because those are friendships you with create over the years. Lastly, enjoy the week. I like to say it is one of the most unique weeks of your life. There is nothing like it. You will have conversations with so many strong, beautiful women that will you eventually see around campus. The Panhellenic community is filled with opportunity, lifelong friendships, and so many memories. The whole chapter and I look forward to seeing you in August. I wish you the best of luck during Formal Recruitment. Sincerely, Karenna Carroll