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Not all sororities need House Directors

Although there are sorority chapters at hundreds of locations, not all of them are “housed.”

At some universities, the sororities do not own a large private house needing a House Director, but have a very small house that the members manage themselves cooperatively. Sometimes the chapter members live together in university-owned housing, or in dorms. In that case, the university may use student Resident Assistants. In other cases, there is no separate housing for sororities, but the members get together for meetings and Greek events. There are a variety of configurations.

If you have your hopes up seeking a sorority House Director position at a specific university, let me save you a bunch of time. I’m assuming that you don’t have the time, or desire, or have access to calling 800 campuses across the USA. I’ve compiled the following list of those that I know don’t hire sorority House Directors currently.

Not to disappoint you, but there’s no point in contacting the Greek Affairs office at these campuses inquiring about possible openings. Although there are sororities at these campuses, they do not have House Directors. It can be confusing looking at campus websites that indicate they do indeed have Greek Life, because it might lead you to assume they have the type of position you’re interested in.

This could change in some states as laws change. For instance, there aren’t many colleges in Colorado that have sorority houses since there are rules on the books prohibiting more than six young women living together. In another state (maybe it’s Kentucky), no more than three girls can live together in an apartment, and they all must be related. Here’s another old, old law from Tennessee and Virginia that affects sorority houses: it seems that too many girls living together might constitute a brothel!

I’ve never had a reason to contact sororities in Canada, but they are scattered across that country, if you happen to be a Canadian. So none of those campuses are listed here.

It might surprise you to discover a number of large famous universities that don’t have housed sororities or House Directors. I once assumed that every big, old campus would have them, since many smaller ones do. In fact, I thought it would be fun to live at Harvard or Yale, but there’s no chance of that!

No sorority House Directors here:

  • Arizona State Tempe
  • Auburn University, Alabama
  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  • Colgate, New York
  • Dartmouth, New Hampshire
  • Duke, North Carolina
  • Emory University, Atlanta
  • Harvard, Massachusetts
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Johns Hopkins, Maryland
  • Loyola University, Chicago
  • Montclair State University, New Jersey
  • Northeastern, Boston
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Penn State, Pennsylvania
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Rudolph Macon College, Virginia
  • Stanford, California
  • Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Tulane, New Orleans
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • University of Richmond, Virginia
  • University of Tennessee
  • Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Yale, Connecticut

As already mentioned, there are many variations of housing arrangements on campuses. You might consider being a fraternity House Director. Believe it or not, on some campuses the sorority women must live in dorms, but the men are allowed to live in separate fraternity houses. You can link to the list I’ve started compiling about those opportunities. But honestly, I haven’t put much effort into it. I do know they’re out there, though.

Friends, if you know of a university or college that has sororities but not House Directors, please add to this list so that others don’t spend time looking there for a job.

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