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"Official Online Publication" refers to the the official web site of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Please visit the web site for ALL information related to the sorority and membership. This site will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and provide you with a better understanding of the organization.

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From the National Web site:

Thank you for your interest in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We are an organization of over 200,000 college-educated women who are committed to public service, with a focus on sustaining the growth and development of the African American community.

Due to the high volume of inquiries of interest in Delta Sigma Theta, this list of FAQ's is provided to address some of them. We hope that your question(s) will be answered, however, if you have further questions pertaining to membership please visit the Region link on this site and email the leadership in your respective area or call the National Headquarters office at 202.986.2400.

Q #1: How do you become a member of Delta Sigma Theta?
A: All chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated host a meeting, commonly known as the RUSH, where you receive information about the sorority and how to become a member. The RUSH activity is hosted at the discretion of the local chapter. All persons interested in becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta must attend the official RUSH activity.

Q #2: Do students who are pursuing an associate degree at a technical college or a four-year college/university qualify for membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.?
A: For membership on the undergraduate level in the Sorority, one must be matriculated at a college or university, approved by the Scholarship and Standards Committee, pursuing work leading to an initial baccalaureate degree.

Q #3: I am a student in college. Are there any major requirements for membership that I should be aware of prior to attending RUSH?
A: To become a member of a collegiate chapter you must currently be enrolled as a student at an accredited college or university where there is an active chapter on campus or in the city. To find out the status of a chapter contact the Greek Affairs or Student Activities Office of your school. To apply for membership you must already have a cumulative minimum grade point average requirement of 2.50 on a 4.0 grading scale or a 1.50 on a 3.0 grading scale..

Q #4: I graduated from college a number of years ago; can I still become a member?
A. To become a member of an alumnae chapter, you must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 grading scale or a 1.50 on a 3.0 grading scale. You may apply for membership at a chapter within the community where you reside.

Q #5: If I meet all requirements specified at RUSH do I automatically receive an invitation for membership intake?
A: No. Our goal is to select women who not only meet the basic requirements, but also exceed them. Deltas continue the tradition of excellence in all aspects. Therefore, Delta Sigma Theta invites all women to apply who exhibit excellent personal and professional character with high moral code, who have a commitment to giving back in service to the community.

Q #6: Is there an age limit to join?
A: Delta Sigma Theta does not have an age limit for application in either the collegiate or alumnae chapters.

Q #7: If I am not African American, can I still join?
A: Yes. Delta Sigma Theta is an equal opportunity organization. We are interested in women, who understand the founding principles of the organization and are willing to uphold and support the ideology and values of Delta Sigma Theta.

Q #8: What if I belong to another Greek-letter organization, am I still eligible for membership?
A: No, if you are a member of another organization holding membership in the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. or the Panhellenic Conference, Inc.

Q #9: How do I find out more information about the sorority?
A: This web site is filled with a lot of helpful information pertaining to our programs, projects, initiatives and our history. The local chapter in your community can also share more information. There are also several published reading materials that might help you as well, such as:

  • In Search of Sisterhood by Paula Giddings
  • Shaped to Its Purpose by Mary Elizabeth Vroman (Available at National Headquarters)

Q #10: What if there is no chapter on my campus?
A: New chapters can be established with the written approval of the college or university. Contact the National Headquarters office for further information.

Q #11: How do I find out more information about a chapter in my area?
A: UNDERGRADUATE: To find out more about the chapter on your campus, contact your Office of Student Activities.
ALUMNAE: To find out more about an alumnae chapter please use an Internet search engine or contact National Headquarters at (202) 986-2400.

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