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.
Formal Recruitment 2019: January 24-27, 2019 // The structure of Columbia Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is as follows: // Philanthropy Day // On Philanthropy Day, Potential New Members (PNMs) will learn more about Alpha Omicron Pi’s national philanthropy, Arthritis Research, as well as AOII Alpha’s other philanthropic efforts. Our committed sisters take service very seriously and continually work to improve the world around us. PNMs will visit all six sororities on this day. // Chapter Development Day // The next day is our Chapter Development Day, where PNMs will get a sense of AOII Alpha’s amazing sisterhood and what makes our chapter so remarkable. PNMs will learn about our sisterhood events, active alumnae involvement, thriving leadership opportunities and so much more. PNMs will visit a maximum of four sororities this day. // Preference Night // The last recruitment event of the weekend is Preference Night, where PNMs will learn about what exactly makes AOII Alpha so special and what being a member of Alpha Omicron Pi really entails. During this hour long party, PNMs will get a chance to sit and chat with a sister about our Fraternity’s ideals, values, and beliefs. PNMs will visit a maximum of two sororities this day. The end of this Night marks the conclusion of the Formal Recruitment process. // Bid Night // Bid Night is one of our chapter’s most memorable days. The Bid Night celebration welcomes our new members into Greek Life and introduces them to all of their soon-to-be sisters! It is truly a night to remember and AOII’s warmly embrace our newest additions to our sisterhood.