New Member Program

Since the founding of the first sorority in 1851, these organizations have thrived and multiplied into hundreds of international organizations while having a positive and tremendous impact on the service and social structure of higher education systems. Sororities form a proven support network to help young women with the daunting transition from high school to university. The lifelong friendships your will make through her the sorority will last into post-graduation years.

Tri Sigma strives to be a sorority dedicated to friendship, character, and conduct. In our mission statement, these are the three basic tenets for our existence as a Sisterhood. They influence every facet of our decision making, leadership and lives. Below you see information on our new member program and our Essential Sigma (membership education) program. This education is based upon our mission.

New Member Program – Arc Sequence of Essential Sigma


A woman is considered a new member after going through the first of three ritual ceremonies, called Arc Degree. During Arc Degree, the date of initiation is announced. The new member program culminates with the second ritual ceremony, or Triangle Degree. New members will be considered a fully initiated and active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma upon completion of this ceremony. As Tri Sigma history dictates, you will be expected to wear white for all ceremonial meetings.

The ideal new member program is 6-8 weeks; however, it shall not exceed 8 weeks. During those weeks, new members will be guided through a scripted program, Essential Sigma, by the Vice President of New Member Education. The program is designed to educate you on history and operations, and to further develop your leadership skills. You will also have responsibilities, which mirror those of the initiated members. This can include study hours, participation requirements, paying dues, having leadership positions and upholding the standards of the Sorority. Maintaining these responsibilities will ensure you are on track to be initiated.

Essential Sigma: Education for Leadership and Life

The Essential Sigma program is cutting edge in the fraternal world and we hope that you enjoy the experience. The purpose of the Essential Sigma program is to provide membership education throughout a member’s collegiate experience, from accepting your bid to graduation. The Arc Sequence portion of Essential Sigma is designed for new members and combines online and face-to-face meetings, or Arc Sequence Meetings. The Arc Sequence is broken into nine online sessions.

Host: Arc Degree
Session 1: Our Sisterhood Begins
Session 2: Success Begins with You
Session 3: Together We Inspire Greatness
Session 4: Foundations for Your Future
Session 5: We Are Our Sisters’ Keepers
Session 6: Our Beginnings &Sigma Jeopardy
Session 7: Partners in Service & Inspiration Week
Session 8: Yours for Life
Host: Post Initiation Meeting

Online components include:

  • Fact sheets provide guidance and a focus for Sigma education to begin. The fact sheets are an instrument for which members can test their knowledge and also review what they have learned. Fact sheets are not quizzes, and should not be used as such. The only test that is completed is the National Test.
  • Contemplation Questions: Sigma Contemplations are a series of questions designed to stimulate your thought process – “tickle your brain” – to help connect the sorority experience to everyday life. There are no right answers; it is guided self-reflection.
  • Training Modules: there are 3-4 modules for each session and the material covers everything from our history to National programming. The modules supplement what is being taught in the weekly Arc Sequence meetings.
  • Arc Group Leaders: these are members of the chapter selected to assist with the new member program. They host small new member group sessions as outlined in the Arc Sequence facilitator guide. The number of leaders varies depending on the size of new member group. Ideally they have been trained and prepared to assist new members through their first few weeks as a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

You will have the opportunity to access online education even after your new member period has ended. As an initiated member, you will be able to learn more about wellbeing and collegiate success in our Triangle Sequence. As you transition into your senior year, the Circle Sequence will provide more information about career and post-secondary education preparation and how to remain an active sister after graduation.