Rho Lambda


Rho Lambda is the National Panhellenic Recognition honor society. Eastern Illinois University is proud to host a chapter of Rho Lambda on our campus for the women who are members of our Panhellenic Council sororities.

The letters "Rho Lambda" signify "Panhellenic Leadership." The purpose of this organization is to honor those women within Panhellenic who have been outstanding in the display of demonstrated leadership, ability and loyalty to Panhellenic and their sorority. The colors of the organization are crimson and gold.

Rho Lambda was founded at the University of Miami (FL) in 1962. It served as the Panhellenic counterpart to The Order of Omega, which at that time was open only to fraternity members. In 1974 Rho Lambda received permission from the National Panhellenic Conference to become a national organization.

Candidates for membership must be nominated by a sorority chapter president or advisor or a current Rho Lambda member. Rho Lambda will then extend an invitation to apply for membership to each nominee.

Qualifications for nomination and membership include:

  • Women who, in the opinion of the membership of Rho Lambda, have displayed outstanding leadership ability and loyalty throughout their years of sorority affiliation.
  • Woman must be an Active member in their Junior or Senior year of college.  She must have been an active, initiated member of her sorority for at least two full semesters.
  • The woman must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at EIU.
  • A transfer student is eligible after one full semester at EIU, providing she meets the other requirements.
  • A woman must have an overall GPA of at leat 2.5.


For more information, please contact Dean Harwood, drharwood@eiu.edu, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Programs.