After you graduate, sorority life is not over. Sorority alumnae are expected to stay current on their alumnae dues- usually $20 to $50 per year; some organizations even include a onetime lifelong alumnae payment into your collegiate dues. Sorority alumnae receive the sorority magazine and have accounts in the members-only section of the sorority’s website.
When you graduate, you can find alumnae chapters of your sorority nationwide. If you move to a new town, you can find your sorority’s alumnae group and have an automatic group of friends to introduce you to life in that town. They can help you find a place to live, find a job, and even find a good place to get your haircut. Alumnae chapters usually meet once a month for dinners and fun activities. They also do things to help out the local undergraduate chapter(s) and the sorority’s chosen philanthropy.
It is also the alumnae members who work with the undergraduate chapters as advisors. From recruitment to finance, every aspect of sorority life has an alumna who works with that area of chapter life, providing deeper knowledge of policy as well as continuity beyond just one year. If you love your undergraduate experience, working as a chapter advisor is a great way to stay in touch with your sorority as well as get to spend time with collegiate members. Wherever you live after graduation, you can search for your nearest local undergraduate chapter and see what help they need.
Sororities also have huge networks of alumnae volunteers who travel, at the sorority’s expense, all over the country meeting with chapters and helping them find ways to succeed. Just as local chapters have an officer structure, the inter/national organizations have officer structures. Every sorority has an alumna serving as its inter/national President, an officer who directs Recruitment for the entire sorority, one for Public Relations, one for Panhellenic Affairs, and the list goes on. Your journey of sorority membership that begins at UCA can take you to a point where you are leading an organization of well over 100,000 members.