Instead of experience Sorority Life has influence. Influence gains player levels. Unlike Mafia Wars players get to customize their own (female) avatar. The main element in the game is doing jobs which is called socialize. Instead of bank heists and armed robbery, in this game the player must organize parties and attend clearance sales. Players have various stats such as Energy which determines how much socializing the players can do, Confidence, how many battles she can do with other players, Confidence (hitpoints) and Cash.
Battles work exactly the same as in Mafia Wars. Just pick a player you want to fight and the fight is resolved instantly. Different outfits and number of friends determine how much of a chance a player has in a fight. Also included is a "hot or not" catwalk where players can rate avatars for prettiness. With cash earned from jobs players can buy new clothing and accessories. The player can also opt to just buy additional cash using real money.
Different from Mafia Wars are the various mini-games that have to be played in order to successfully complete socializing. Mini-games include find the hidden object and an anagram finder. Players can also buy boyfriends or try to steal boyfriends from befriended players.