The Office of Student Life has not yet set a maximum number for pledge classes, but with more than 400 women signed up to rush, social clubs are preparing for large numbers.
Tom Craig, director of student activities and productions, said 405 women registered to rush but that number will change as the rushing process continues. Right now clubs do not have a limit on the number of pledges they can take. Craig said by Sept. 24 the number each club can take will be clearer.
“While we’re starting with a large number right now, we may not have everybody that makes it through the final ranking,” Craig said. “To estimate would be a little bit presumptive. We won’t really know an accurate number until the end of next week.”
Craig said the ideal number for women’s pledge classes is 50-54, but the increasing size of the student body in the past two years has increased the size of pledge classes.
Kennedi Ross, president of Ko Jo Kai, said her club usually takes a larger pledge class with about 65 women in her 2014 pledge class and about 59 in the 2015 pledge class.
“We’re looking at the pledge class number not changing that much,” said Ross, senior interior design major from Lubbock. “We don’t want our pledge class to get too big so girls can’t connect on a personal level.”
Ross said the large number of women registered to rush may mean clubs have to make more cuts so they can still take about the same number of pledges.
Kelsee McGee, president of GATA, said her club’s first rush Monday night had a large turnout and she was excited to see so many women interested in social clubs.
“We have the potential to have one of the biggest pledge classes GATA has ever had,” McGee said.
Right now the number of women registered to pledge makes up about 27 percent of the total number of female sophomores, juniors and seniors. On average, sororities at typical universities have about 12.4 percent of female undergraduates in sororities, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
Men still have time to register until Sept. 21, but 151 men were registered on Monday.