HOW CAN I JOIN?
The College Panhellenic at the U consists of six National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities dedicated to scholarship, leadership, service, and community development. The College Panhellenic is also home to three Affiliate Chapters that while not members of the NPC, still provide women with an empowering sorority experiences.
Through participating in the recruitment process, you have the potential to meet and connect with many unique individuals. By joining a sorority at the U, you are immersed in a community that values excellence and empowering women to reach their full potential. You are also joining a community of over 900 Panhellenic sisters, who serve as sources of inspiration and become life-long friends.
Spring 2024 Sorority Recruitment
Sorority recruitment in the Spring semester is an informal process that is led by each individual chapter, and there is no required registration or formalized recruitment process. Sorority organizations participation in Spring recruitment is based on their total chapter membership, and those with spots available may, but are not required, to conduct Spring recruitment.
The Panhellenic Council will host a "Meet the Sororities" event on Wednesday, January 17th at 6pm in the University Union. Those sororities seeking new members in the Spring semester will be present to share more about their organizations and meet those interested in participating in Spring recruitment.
Organizations will also share information regarding their participation in Spring recruitment on their Instagram accounts including ways to connect with them and learn more about their process. Typically chapters will post links to Google forms, host tabling sessions on campus or meet & greets at various locations.
Find each organization's Instagram information here: Chapter Social Directory
ASSOCIATE MEMBER SORORITIES
KAPPA DELTA CHI
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is a Latina founded national sorority that places an emphasis on serving and supporting underrepresented communities. They are an Associate Member of the Panhellenic Council, and they do not participate in primary recruitment in the fall. They typically recruit each semester and share announcements about information sessions and recruitment events on their Instagram! Be sure to follow them on Instagram or email them to learn more!
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a member the National Pan-hellenic Council, also known as the Divine Nine (D). Delta Sigma Theta is a sisterhood of predominately Black women, focused on development of it's membership and public service with a primary focus on the Black community. They are an Associate Member of the Panhellenic Council, and they do not participate in primary recruitment in the fall. Intake for Delta Sigma Theta occurs at various times throughout the academic year, and they typically share announcements about information sessions and organization events on their Instagram! Be sure to follow them on Instagram or email them to learn more!
PHI SIGMA RHO
Phi Sigma Rho was founded with the vision to be the foremost social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology by fostering among its members lifelong friendship, scholarship, and encouragement. They are an Associate Member of the Panhellenic Council, and recruit throughout the fall and spring semester. They will share announcements about information sessions and recruitment events on their Instagram! Be sure to follow them on Instagram or email them to learn more!
WHAT IS RECRUITMENT LIKE?
Fall recruitment is a formal process that is both values-based and a mutual selection. Registration is required to participate in formal recruitment. You can find the registration link at the top of this page, by clicking the "Register Now" button starting on May 1.
By values-based, we mean that each chapter is looking for women who uphold their organizational values and have similar ideals and beliefs. We also mean that you should expect for conversations to focus on what is truly important to you and makes you unique.
By mutual selection, we mean that both the organizations and potential new members have a say in this process. It is never solely the chapters’ decision on who to invite to be members. It also isn’t fully the choice of potential new members. Together, chapters and potential new members are working to find the best fit for everyone.
Potential new members (PNMs) will visit each sorority, over the course of 2 days, during the first round of formal recruitment (3 on day 1 & 3 on day 2) to meet each chapter and learn more about what makes them unique. At the end of this round, PNMs will return to the Student Union to input their preferences of which organizations they would most like to visit the next day. Our recruitment follows a 6-4-2-1 schedule: you will visit 6 chapters during Round 1, up to 4 chapters during Round 2, and up to 2 chapters during Preference Round (Round 3). On Bid Day (the Saturday before the start of the fall semester), PNMs will return to the Student Union to learn which sorority has offered them an invitation to membership!
Information regarding Fall 2023 recruitment will be shared via email with those who complete registration. Information will also be shared via the Panhellenic Instagram throughout the summer - @uofusororities
Recruitment in the spring is still a mutual-selection process, but it is not formal. The College Panhellenic Council will organize a "sorority fair" for those organizations participating in spring recruitment, but after that it is up to individual chapters to plan and promote events. Please note that due to how total chapter membership works, not all sororities are guaranteed to be able to recruit in the spring. The fall is the best time to maximize your options!
TOP THINGS TO KNOW
Joining a sorority can definitely seem stressful and overwhelming because of the formal process that takes place in the fall. The College Panhellenic Council and Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life staff are here to answer any question you may have. But in the meantime, here are the top ten things you need to know about sorority recruitment!
YOU DO HAVE TO REGISTER
There is a fee - $50 per registration. The primary recruitment process has many moving parts and we have to prepare in advance to welcome every woman to the process; registration opens on May 1 and will close August 13th
PRIMARY RECRUITMENT TAKES PLACE PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASSES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER
Primary recruitment will occur prior to the start of the Fall Semester, August 14th - 19th, and those participating are expected to be present for the entirety of the recruitment process. If you are unable to be present during this time period prior to the start of the semester, we suggest considering joining in the spring or the following fall. Recruitment is all about conversations and making connections—you need to be in person for this. Fall 2023 sorority recruitment will be a fully in-person experience.
YOU DO NOT NEED LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN RECRUITMENT
We promise—while letters of reference might be important at other colleges and universities, our sorority members are much more interested in getting to know you. Think of it like this: if you know a sorority alumna who is a member of one of our organizations, her letter will be a great first step in meeting her sorority but only a baby step. And if you don’t know any sorority women, don’t stress. (If you are having letters of recommendation written on your behalf, sorority alumnae should follow their organization’s submission process; the College Panhellenic and Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life do not accept letters submitted to them.)
THE DRESS CODE FOR RECRUITMENT
There is a dress code, but nothing too out of the ordinary. For the first round, think denim shorts/skirts, a t-shirt, and comfortable shoes. Round two is a little dressier but something like a summer dress, romper, or jumpsuit will be great. Preference round (round 3) is the most formal of the week—picture a trendy black dress or similar and functional shoes.
Is there a limit on how many women can join sororities in the fall?
Absolutely not! While most organizations have similar new member class sizes, this is due to how the recruitment process works. The more women who participate in the recruitment process only increases the number those new member classes could be. If every women not in a sorority registers for formal recruitment, it is possible all of those women could join!
You will have 4-5 Recruitment Counselors (current sorority women) who will lead you through the recruitment process and make sure you feel prepared and ready to go.
WHAT DO I TALK ABOUT DURING RECRUITMENT?
We will give you resources and examples of things to talk about and expect to come up during recruitment conversations. Our sorority women will lead these conversations as you are their guest and they want to get to know you! (But don’t forget, you have to feel at home with them too.)
FALL RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE
Fall recruitment works like a funnel: during round one you meet all six NPC affiliated chapters, during round two you’ll return to and continue the conversation with up to four chapters, and during preference round you will spend a final period of time with up to two chapters.
You will also have the opportunity to connect with and learn more about each of the Associate Chapters throughout this process.
STILL NOT SURE...
Fall recruitment isn’t for everyone—maybe you don’t like the super organized, structured process, maybe you feel you aren’t ready to join a sorority yet, whatever the reason is totally okay. You can join our sorority community when it makes the most sense for you. Spring recruitment is much less structured, but we can’t guarantee which chapters will recruit each spring.
Once you join the sorority where you feel at home (which might not be where your best friend feels most at home, that’s okay) you’ll be required to sign a financial agreement specific to the sorority you join. This could be for a full academic year, on a semester-to-semester basis, or something else. Our sororities will talk to you about the financial commitment that come with joining—but make sure you have reflected on what is financially reasonable and sustainable for you.
THERE IS A COST TO MEMBERSHIP
Fraternity and sorority members are responsible for dues to the chapter. These dues are used to pay for community service and philanthropic projects, social events, membership development events, chapter house usage (if applicable), organizational attire, parent/family and alumni events, insurance and national fees, as well as general chapter expenses. If a student accepts an invitation to join, they may be asked to sign a membership and financial responsibilities agreement. Students are encouraged to review all agreements carefully and discuss them with their parents or support networks before making a decision.
Membership Dues Average Cost: $1000 - $1500+ (can vary by semester)
Dues can be either all inclusive, pay as you go, or a combination of both. Dues tend to be higher during the first-semester of membership due to joining fee's related to insurance, initiation materials, headquarters expenses, etc.