We are excited that you are interested in learning more about Nu Sig!

Nu Sigma Chi creates a lifelong bond of friendship and the special union of sisterhood, providing a unique connection that begins in college and lasts a lifetime. Formal programs, like our Pearl Orientation Program, sisterhood events and simple shared moments among sisters all work in combination to develop that network of female support that will carry on into every phase of a member’s life. Trust, Respect & Unity are the foundations of Nu Sigma Chi.

Nu Sigma Chi is dedicated to helping our members develop life skills; to create an environment in which Nu Sig members continuously support one another and their community in meaningful, genuine ways; and to ensure that our members have a fun, socially responsible and academically rich collegiate experience. 

When you join Nu Sigma Chi, you join a network of thousands of sisters across the globe, who serve as sources of inspiration.

Find out how Nu Sigma Chi can help you realize your potential!! 

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Game Day


Corey Union Exhibition Lounge


Cupcake Social


Corey Union Exhibition Lounge

Ice Tea Party

2:20 PM

Brockway Hall

Jacobus Lounge







Preference Ceremony


Brockway Hall

Jacobus Lounge





Formal Recruitment


The most common way to become a member of

Nu Sigma Chi is to participate in the formal recruitment process at SUNY Cortland.  


Formal Recruitment takes place in the Spring semester each year, typically in early February, since first semester first year students are not eligible to consider joining until then. 


Events last no more than two weeks after which offers of membership are extended.

Informal Recruitment


Also known as Continuous Open Bidding (COB).  All Fall events fall under this category as do any events held after each year’s formal recruitment has ended.  No two chapters can hold events at the same time on the same day. 


A legacy is defined as a sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, stepsister or stepdaughter of a member of Nu Sigma Chi. We give special consideration to all legacies participating in membership recruitment. Though there is no guarantee of a bid, we do need to know ahead of time that the potential member is a legacy so that we can guarantee extra special consideration!

Harriet Bentley Memorial Scholarship


Established in 1984 by the sisters of the Nu Sigma Chi Sorority in honor of their longtime house mother, Harriet Bentley. Award will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Funding is based on availability.

Selection Criteria

  • awarded to a matriculated continuing junior level student in good academic standing at SUNY Cortland

  • is either a member of Nu Sigma Chi sorority, a relative of a former member of the sorority or related to an alumnus/alumna of SUNY Cortland

  • enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)

  • student must have at least one full academic year remaining at the start of the fall semester of award year


Renewal Information

  • This scholarship is a one-time award and is non-renewable


Scholarship funding is determined by the Cortland College Foundation. Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

The Panhellenic Creed

We, the Undergraduate Members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving to the best of our ability, our college and community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character, inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.


Grade Requirements


A minimum of 2.5 Cummulative Grade Point Average is required for initiation into the membership of Nu Sigma Chi. 

Hazing Policy

Nu Sigma Chi has a strict No Hazing Policy. Hazing is any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. 

Nu Sigma Chi's Pearl Orientation Program centers on a positive curriculum, designed to build trust, respect and unity.  Any member found in violation of Nu Sig's anti-hazing policy is subject to dismissal from membership. 



Nu Sigma Chi provides many opportunities for its members to give back to the community.  


Nu Sigma Chi traditionally sponsors the crowning of the Homecoming King, to fundraise for The American Cancer Society, our philanthropy.

*currently run by PHC through May 2017. 

In addition to supporting The American Cancer Society, Nu Sig participates in many other SUNY Cortland sponsored fundraisers and Greek philanthropic events. 

Greek affiliation provides the opportunity for leadership, community service, and social interaction. While all sororities strive for high ideals and the bonds of sisterhood, each possesses unique qualities. Recruitment is a time to find the sorority with which you can best identify and in which you feel most comfortable. It is important to ask questions and keep an open mind throughout Recruitment. Do what is best for you rather than for others and most importantly, enjoy yourself. 

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