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.
Dear Potential New Member, On behalf of Alpha Omicron Pi at Rhodes College, I am ecstatic to welcome you to an amazing Panhellenic community! College is a time about growth, change, and discovery, and joining the Panhellenic community can be a great resource as we prepare for the world. Since walking through the doors of AOII in fall of 2015 during my own recruitment, this sisterhood instantly felt like home to me. As someone who was the first woman in her family to ever join a Greek organization, I had no idea what to expect. When I walked into AOII I met women who were confident and strong, but also acceptance and genuine love for who I am. From then on I realized AOII was an organization that lifted each other up, simply put, sisters who supported one another through all of life’s crazy moments. Through the last two years of being in the largest sorority in the nation, I have seen myself and sisters not only grow as young women but transition into leaders not only on Rhodes campus but in the Memphis community, and all over the world. We hope you will take the time to get to know us, because we are so excited to meet and share our values with you! Along with the sisters of Delta Delta Delta, Chi Omega, and Kappa Delta, we hope to see you walk through our doors this January! From all of us at AOII, we can’t wait to show you a taste of our sisterhood, and hope you decide to Go Greek! Inspire Ambition. Always. Aurora Blumberg, Vice President of Membership Recruitment