Frequently Asked Questions
What is rush?
Rush is a period of time at the beginning of every semester where organizations (fraternities, sororities, and co-ed fraternities) try to recruit members. There are no obligations or commitments involved with rush. During this time, we hold free activities/events that provide opportunities for sisters and interested girls to hang out, chat, and have fun. Hopefully, through these events, you will gain a bigger picture of who we are, what we do, and what our chapter is like. Likewise, we hope that we can learn more about you and get to know you better. So come out, be yourself, and have some fun!
Why Kappa Phi Lambda?
As sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda, we emphasize the strong values that we uphold. Although we build many friendships and memories between a diverse group of young women across generations, our ideals of cultural education and social impact is what makes Kappa Phi Lambda stand out. We believe in not only helping the community but being an important force in society. Every Asian American woman (and every woman in general) deserves to have a voice that is heard. We hope to help our members become leaders of the world.
I’m not Asian or Asian American. Can I still join Kappa Phi Lambda?
Absolutely! Kappa Phi Lambda is Asian-interest, not Asian-exclusive. We have many different cultures represented within Kappa Phi Lambda.We believe recognizing individual members for the unique value they add makes us greater as a whole.
What is a bid and how do I get one?
A bid is a formal invitation for you to begin the New Members Process for our sorority. We ask that you attend at least one general information session (GIM), one cultural event, and one sisterhood/service event, as well as complete our simple application process in order to be eligible for a bid. Bids are given to women who we feel would be an asset to our organization and with whom we feel we can develop bonds of sisterhood.
What are the requirements to join Kappa Phi Lambda?
All candidates must be enrolled in at least 12 hours at The University of Texas at Austin and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The GPA requirement does not apply to incoming freshmen.
What is the New Member Process?
The New Member Process is a learning period when you journey into becoming a sister. There are no specific guidelines on how long it will be, but the purpose of the New Member Process is to challenge you and teach you more about yourself, your line sisters, and the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda. Kappa Phi Lambda strictly abides by the rules and beliefs behind a positive New Member Processes and enforces the NO HAZING policy. At the end of the process, new members are initiated into Kappa Phi Lambda as a sister.
Will the New Member Process affect my academics?
Kappa Phi Lambda values academic excellence and recognizes that the reason students enter college is to receive an education. We provide ample time for schoolwork and we also provide academic assistance if needed. We have sisters who have done their very best academically while they were undergoing their new member process. It's all about time management!