Recruitment: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be Asian to join Delta Phi Lambda®?

Absolutely not! As an Asian-interest sorority, we are looking for passionate, dedicated, and spirited young women who will advocate for the minority experience and can bring a unique perspective to the organization. As such, we do not discriminate membership on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. Undergraduate females from any and all backgrounds who share our values in promoting Asian awareness and female leadership are highly encouraged to participate in recruitment or start a chapter on their campus.

What is recruitment?

Recruitment is a non-binding period where you to get to intimately meet sisters and see first-hand what makes our sisterhood so unique. Each event is specifically tailored to give you a sense of our mission and values, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about becoming a sister. If you’re serious about joining our sorority, make sure to attend at least 2/3 of the scheduled recruitment events to be considered for a bid.

How much does it cost to participate in recruitment?

Nothing! All recruitment events are FREE for interested women. Sisters will arrange and provide rides, supplies, and food.

When does recruitment start?

We encourage interested women to get to know us through our year-round educational programs, philanthropic activities, and social events. This is an opportunity to see our amazing sisters in their element, giving back to their communities. Formal recruitment periods start at the beginning of each semester (generally, January for spring semester and August for fall semester). The recruitment period varies by chapter but can last 2-3 weeks. Please click on our "Recruitment Events" tab to receive more information about upcoming recruitment events!

What are the requirements to receive a recruitment bid?

In order to be considered for a bid (or an invitation to join Delta Phi Lambda®), you must:

  • Attend at least 2/3 of the recruitment events 

  • Be 18 years old at the time of the bid 

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7

  • Attend one Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Orientation 

Does everyone receive a bid?

The purpose of recruitment is to determine if you and the sorority are a good match. The reality is not every interested woman matches with our sorority for one reason or another. A formal bid will be extended to women who have demonstrated shared values and standards of philanthropic passions, good character, financial responsibility, and leadership ability among others.

Can I receive a bid if I am a junior, senior, international, or non-traditional aged student?

Of course! We do not discriminate on your class standing or age. We have had many sisters initiate into the sorority as a junior, senior, or international or non-traditional aged student. They have the same opportunities as lower-classman to receive a bid and to create a memorable sorority experience. Plus, this is an everlasting sisterhood. We give many opportunities after graduation to continue giving back to the sorority.

May I decide to not accept a bid that I receive?

You do not have to accept a bid; however, you must directly contact the sorority local chapter recruitment chair from which you receive the bid to decline it.

If I find the cost of joining too expensive, is there any assistance I can receive?

Dues and new member fees vary from chapter to chapter. Assistance in the form of scholarships and payment plans vary from chapter to chapter in their availability and should be discussed with chapters on an individual basis.

Who should I contact about recruitment?

Contact our current recruitment chair, Jewel Lovanh, at recruitment.uiowadfl@gmail.com or text her at (515)867-8216!