Formal Recruitment occurs during the Spring semester and is a structured form of recruitment. Interested women must register for formal recruitment prior to the kick-off date. All interested women will be placed in groups and given Rho Gammas (recruitment guides), who will guide the women during the recruitment process. Formal recruitment has four rounds and lasts for two consecutive weekends. After each round, women in recruitment will be able to rank a certain number of sororities they are interested in returning to in future rounds.
2014 Spring Recruitment Dates:
House and Values
1/31: 6pm-10pm Arrive at 5:30pm
2/1: 9:30am-4pm Arrive at 9pm
2/2: 9am-6pm Arrive at 8:15am
2/7: 5:30pm-11pm Arrive at 4:45pm
2/9: 10am-3pm Arrive at 9:15am
Meet your Rho Gamma and learn more about what will be happening in the following rounds of recruitment.
There are 15 sororities participating in each round of recruitment. During round one, you will visit each of the 15 sororities for 25 minutes at a time. These 15 parties will be spread over two days, so you will visit eight chapters one day and seven chapters the other day. The purpose of this round of recruitment is to introduce potential new members to all of the Panhellenic sororities in our Greek community, as well as show the chapter houses. You should dress casually and comfortably, as you will be moving from one sorority to the next at a rather fast pace. Jeans are appropriate, as well as flats or boots and the shirt provided to you.
This round allows you to visit up to 10 sororities to learn about their philanthropic organizations and other community service projects they participate in throughout the school year. At each of the parties you attend, you will view a short video that pertains to that sorority’s specific philanthropy. Our chapters are very involved in their philanthropies on campus and nation wide which brings our community together in a unique way. This round will give you the opportunity to gain insight into what we are most passionate about. Jeans are appropriate, as well as flats or boots and the shirt provided to you.
* A shirt will be provided to you for House and Values Tours AND Philanthropy rounds.
During round three you may visit up to six sororities for 45 minutes each. The fun and entertaining atmosphere during this round of recruitment makes it a favorite for both potential new members and sorority women. At each of the parties, you will get to see a skit performed by members of the sorority. You will be entertained by singing, dancing and other performances, which will give you a deeper look at the personalities of the women in the sorority as well as the sorority as a whole. Nice pants, a dress, or a skirt and heels are common of both potential new members and sorority members.
Preference gives you the opportunity to visit up to three sororities for an hour each. This round of recruitment is the most special because you are invited to be a part of an intimate chapter ceremony. Generally, you will be hosted by a member of the sorority whom you have already met and might have gotten along with especially well. This is the most formal round, and a nice skirt or dress is appropriate to wear to Preference. You may also want to wear heels because you will only be visiting a maximum of three sororities.
Bid Day is the last day of the recruitment period. This is the day that invitations to join sororities are extended. Your Rho Gamma will inform you of the time and place to meet and receive your invitation. After a small Bid Day celebration with your Rho Gamma and group, you will meet your new member class and sorority sisters. You will go to your sorority's house with your new member class, where everyone will welcome you. There are usually activities planned for you to get acquainted with your new sisters.