Joining Tri Sigma during COVID-19

Tri Sigma is strong, resilient, and adaptable. Over the past several months, Tri Sigma has stepped up in numerous ways to make changes for a bright future for the organization. Every year we look to add members to our sisterhood who will inspire us, learn with us, and grow with us as we look toward the next 122 years. As potential new members, collegiate sisters, and alumnae, you have questions about the Tri Sigma experience for the immediate future. We hope that the following gives insight into how Tri Sigma has endured and flourished during this unique time in our history. 

What will the Tri Sigma experience look like in the fall? 


Tri Sigma has been offering exceptional experiences for over 120 years, and this fall will not be any different. We will continue to encourage our members to explore the best versions of themselves, develop friendships based on mutual respect, and endeavor to accomplish their goals. When you join Tri Sigma, you get a sisterhood that will always be there for you, inspiring you to lead, and empowering you to change the world.   

In the spring, our chapter engagement had to change for the safety of our members. As we learned more about the coronavirus and its impact on the world, we quickly transitioned our experience from being dependent on face-to-face interactions to a virtual environment. We are ready for the fall to be a mix of virtual meetings and small in-person gatherings based on CDC guidelines and local/state regulations. Tri Sigma is represented on over 100 college campuses across the country, and we have been able to work with each chapter and ensure their success based on their specific needs. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to our chapters’ needs, and we pride ourselves on working directly with each chapter and their situation to provide a suitable solution. 

Fall will be full of Tri Sigma firsts, and we are hoping that you will share with us in those experiences. First virtual recruitment, first virtual bid day, a virtual sisterhood or two, and I am sure we will learn a lot, stumble a bit, but thankfully, we have many amazing sisters who will guide us through it all.   

What will be different about Tri Sigma fall recruitment? 


Recruitment this fall will be different, and we embrace the change and ready to welcome new members just like every other year. We like to focus on creating experiences for potential new members to meet our members, and although that might not be in-person this year, it will still be the focus of our recruitment process. We want to get to know potential new members, create relationships that will form into sisterhood to enhance our chapter experience.   

We encourage all potential new members to reach out to the Office of Student Life or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life on your campus to learn how to register for sorority recruitment. Tri Sigma National Headquarters staff is working directly with the National Panhellenic Conference and our campus partners to determine what recruitment will look like on each of our campuses. At the forefront is ensuring the health and safety of potential new members and collegiate members. And although it may look different, we hope that it feels the same, that friendships will be formed, connections made, and sisterhood shared.

Should a collegiate woman join now or wait? 

Now is the right time to join Tri Sigma. There are so many unknowns in our world right now, Tri Sigma can be and will be a group of women who will help you navigate the path ahead. Think of the women who joined during the right to vote movement, or at the dawn of World War I or World War II, or those who were members during the Spanish Flu pandemic. However, decades ago, their experiences were much of what they were going through rings true today, uncertainty, anxiety, and hope for the future. Having sisters by your side provides stability, support, and encouragement to face the future head-on.   

Additionally, Tri Sigma women will help you engage on your college campus. Assist you with joining other campus organizations, acclimate to the college classroom, and be there for you when you are unsure how to navigate the path ahead. Tri Sigma will provide you with a deep connection to your college experience and add value, structure, and purpose to the next four years.   

Why should I join Tri Sigma? 

Tri Sigma offers valuable leadership and personal development experiences throughout the life of a member. All programs are based on our fundamental mission of empowering women to change the world. We believe that today’s society needs strong female leaders. We offer an experience to allow chapter officers and members to learn and practice the skills necessary to thrive in our modern society.   

What does it mean to empower women to change the world? It may seem like a daunting task, but we believe that giving women space to explore who they are and who they want to be is our organization’s purpose. We then go a step further to encourage and support women to find their purpose in this world. Is it to impact their campus community to make a positive change for all students? Is it to impact their local community with new resources and programs? Is it to be a change agent for the country or the world? No idea is too small or too big, and our sisters have accomplished so much, and we cannot wait to see what the next generation of members will be able to do. 

What can I expect from a Tri Sigma experience? 

Sisters to support you, encourage you, lead you, and listen to you for a lifetime. You can expect thoughtful chapter meetings, fun sisterhood events, inspiring educational opportunities, and many social activities.   

Tri Sigma experiences include: 

  • New member education and programming 
  • Philanthropy and service focused on serving children through our national partnership with the March of Dimes. 
  • Sisterhood events – everything from movie nights to hiking trips to beach days to spa nights 
  • Semi-Formals, formals, date parties, mixers, tailgating and theme parties 
  • Big/little relationships, senior celebrations, alumnae events 
  • Ceremonies, initiation, ritual activities 
  • National leadership programs and engagement 

How is Tri Sigma keeping members safe? 

Tri Sigma has directed all members to follow local, state, and CDC guidelines to ensure all members’ health and safety. Collegiate chapters have been instructed to comply with all institutional regulations regarding COVID-19. 

All Tri Sigma facilities have and will continue to comply with all campus standards on sanitation.