COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT RECRUITMENT:
Q: Is fall recruitment virtual or in-person?
A: This year we are planning for all of fall recruitment to be hybrid. Our first round (Spirit Day) will involve PNMs making a video about themselves for the chapters, and the chapters making videos for the PNMs. The rest of the rounds will be in person.
Q: I am a legacy, does that mean I am guaranteed to get into that sorority?
A: Not necessarily. Each sorority has its own policies regarding legacies, which can be found in the PNM booklet. While it can be exciting to have a connection or tie to a chapter, the most important part is to keep an open mind through the recruitment process and find the best fit for YOU.
Q: Are letters of recommendation mandatory for women to go through the recruitment process?
A: Letters of recommendation are NOT mandatory for the recruitment process. They will also not impact your chances of receiving a bid. Instructions on how to submit a recommendation can be found on each organization's inter/national website as many organizations have adapted to an online format. Please follow the organization specific instructions. Should a family member or friend offer to write a recommendation, direct them to the instructions. Recommendations should arrive to the chapter prior the beginning of Primary Recruitment.
Q: What are the expectations for a woman going through Panhellenic Recruitment?
A: The most important expectation is to have a good attitude. The recruitment process can be a long and stressful one, but it is important to keep positive and trust in your Recruitment Guide and the Panhellenic recruitment team. The other important expectation is that you attend ALL recruitment events, including orientation and all events on your schedule each day. Failing to attend an event will result in the woman being removed from recruitment.
Q: What if I have class and I need to miss a recruitment event?
A: If you have class or another important obligation it is understandable to miss a recruitment event. Closer to the start of recruitment, an excuse form will be sent out to PNMs for them to register their excuse with us. If you do register your excuse, chapters will be able to see that and may still invite you to the next round. There may also be a possibility for virtual parties if needed. However, missing an event can greatly impact your recruitment experience and we recommend changing the conflict, if possible, to avoid missing any events. Remember that if you do not have an excused absence and you miss an event it may result in you being removed from recruitment.
Q: How do sororities decide who to invite back to their events?
A: Recruitment is a mutual selection process. This means that potential members are able to rank the sororities they would most like to return to, and the chapters provide a list of potential members they would like to invite back. Those two lists are matched, and that is how schedules for the following day are created. It is important to know that every sorority has a different, private process that they go through in completing their lists.
Q: How do I decide which sorority to join?
A: The Panhellenic recruitment structure is created so that you are able to meet women from every chapter and get a glimpse of how you may fit into their chapter's expectations and dynamics. We practice a values-based recruitment style and encourage you to make your decisions based off of values, opportunities, etc, instead of looks or status. While ultimately the decision is only one that you can make for yourself, there are many resources to help make the process and decisions a bit easier. Recruitment Guides are selected to be counselors to help you throughout recruitment. They can support you through the decision-making process and are trained to help both with the college transition and recruitment process.
Q: Someone told me I'm guaranteed a bid, should I believe her?
A: One individual member cannot guarantee a woman will be able to join any organization. Sorority members also know that they are not allowed to talk about giving membership to any potential new member. If a member tells you that you are “guaranteed" to be in her organization, let your Recruitment Guide know, in private, and she will handle it accordingly.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Students will be wearing a Panhellenic Recruitment T-shirt for the first in person round (Philanthropy days). For Values and Preference Days you are encouraged to wear an outfit that makes you feel comfortable that may be considered dressy casual. The final round of recruitment, Preference, includes a special ceremony so you may want to consider something a little more formal such as a blouse, dress, romper, etc. Remember, recruitment is about being comfortable and confident in anything you choose to wear.