TO SORORITIES AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
What is panhellenic sorority
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Frequently Asked QUestions
Letter from the
VP of recruitment
Greetings Clemson Parents!
Welcome to Clemson University! I am
beyond excited to have your daughter
here and participating in Clemson
Panhellenic’s Fall Recruitment 2016!
This is an exciting time for her as a
college student, and we can’t wait to be
a part of it. The sorority experience has
given me many wonderful memories,
friendships, and opportunities. I hope
it will do the same for her!
Clemson Panhellenic’s Fall
Recruitment process has been
carefully planned to provide your
daughter with knowledge about the
Panhellenic community, a chance
to meet new friends, and time to
adjust to Clemson’s campus. Our goal for her during
recruitment is to simply have fun and learn more about our incredible
community. Over these two weeks, nearly 1,200 young women will be
able to meet each sorority and see that they all share common goals and
values, yet each chapter has its own individual personality. Choosing which
sorority is best for her will not be an easy decision, or one that should be
taken lightly. It is important for each young woman to make the choice that
challenges her and allows her to be herself. When discussing recruitment
with your daughter, I ask that you remind her to choose what will make her
I hope that your daughter enjoys Clemson Panhellenic’s Fall Recruitment
process and I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions. I wish
you all the best of luck throughout your years involved with Clemson
University. Go Tigers!
Panhellenic VP of Recruitment
WHAT IS PANHELLENIC
Clemson Panhellenic’s Sorority Recruitment is a chance for your daughter
to become a member of an organization that reflects her values and allows
her to begin to shine on Clemson’s campus. The fall recruitment process
begins on Friday, August 19th and concludes on Bid Day on Monday,
August 29th. During this time, your daughter can attend four formal
rounds of recruitment, all on the weekends, and gather a sense of which
sorority is the best fit for her. Each recruitment round helps potential new
members and sorority members acquaint themselves with one another.
Throughout the rounds potential new members talk one -on -one with
sorority members. Presentations and videos will provide information
about each sorority’s activities, personality and values.
Membership selection is a mutual
process where both potential
new members and chapters
consider several factors when
making decisions. Throughout
the recruitment process, potential
new members will prioritize the
chapters they are interested
in returning to visit and the
sororities will also prioritize
who they wish to ask back for a
return visit. After the last round
of formal recruitment, potential
new members will then list
their membership preferences
in order. During this time, the
sororities will also be doing the
Following the Preference Round each potential new member will sign
a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement. On this
agreement she may list up to three sororities of which she attended
preference parties for that she would be interested in joining. We
encourage all women going through the recruitment process to keep
an open mind and maximize their options, which will increase their
opportunity to receive a bid from one of our sororities. If your daughter
lists a sorority on the agreement, receives a bid and chooses to decline
she will not be able to join another National Panhellenic Conference
sorority on campus until the next formal recruitment period in the
The REcruitment process
During the week it’s important that your daughter keeps an open mind
and looks for a group of women with whom she feels most at home.
At times this week may be stressful, confusing, and tiring for your
daughter and you may be needed to offer support. Just as the chapters
are narrowing down the list of women to whom they extend invitations,
your daughter will be narrowing down her list of chapters to which she
accepts invitations. The length of the recruitment rounds will get longer
as the week progresses in order for your daughter and the sorority
women to get to know each other better. It’s important for your daughter
to accept all invitations she is given in order to maximize the chance of
her pledging the chapter of her choosing.
Formal recruitment will take place during the weekends of the first
two weeks of classes. At Recruitment Orientation, your daughter will
be placed in a Pi Chi group with other women going through sorority
recruitment. A Pi Chi is a sorority woman who is disaffiliated from her
chapter from early May until Bid Day; the end of sorority fall recruitment.
She is there for your daughter throughout the recruitment process to
provide her with unbiased guidance, answer any questions and provide
a helping hand throughout the two weeks. A Pi Chi group is a great
opportunity for your daughter to meet new women on campus in a fun
and exciting environment. We find many lasting friendships developed
within Pi Chi groups.
You and your daughter will
also be able to contact the
Panhellenic Recruitment Staff
and Executive Board at all
times throughout the week
with questions or concerns.
During the recruitment
process, your daughter will
be able to learn about what
each chapter has to offer in
terms of academics, service,
and sisterhood. She will also
learn about the Panhellenic
community here at Clemson
and the campus life as a
While there is no minimum GPA requirement to participate in
Clemson Panhellenic’s fall recruitment process, our chapters have
GPA requirements that are necessary for selection, pledging and for
maintaining social privileges within their chapter. A typical sorority
average to extend a membership invitation is a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
Women who have below a 3.00 GPA are advised they are at a greater
risk to be released from the formal recruitment process due to their
academics. For formal recruitment in 2015, high school students who
joined a sorority had an average cumulative GPA of 3.7 while transfer
and current college students had an average cumulative GPA of 3.3, on
a 4.0 unweighted scale. In order to participate in the formal recruitment
process, an individual must be registered as a full time student at
Joining a sorority at Clemson does require a financial commitment.
Within the Sorority Life Guide book that your daughter will receive at
Recruitment Orientation and that will be on the Panhellenic website
mid-summer, we have included the new member and returning member
dues for all of our chapters. Some chapters’ dues are not all inclusive.
For instance, additional expenses such as t shirts and fines may arise
during the course of membership and are not included in the initial
price listed. The established semester dues are used to operate the
chapter and execute social and philanthropy events. Some families
choose to take on this expense and some of our women work to pay
their own dues. We understand both of these situations occur, but the
bottom line is that these payments are mandatory to membership.
However your daughter chooses to manage her chapter dues is
completely up to your family’s discretion. Our hope is that throughout
this process, your daughter will find a chapter that is worth the cost for
her because her Panhellenic experience will be priceless.
The success and operation of our organizations depend entirely
on the commitment of our members. As a Clemson student, your
daughter’s first priority is her academics and her chapter will
always support that. Outside of her education, becoming more
involved within her chapter will greatly enhance her overall college
experience. Though every member’s experience is different, we
wanted to give you and your daughter an idea of what a week of
chapter involvement looks like.
Sunday – Chapter meeting (1hr)
Monday – Committee Meeting (1.5 hrs)
Tuesday – Mixer (2hrs)
Thursday – Intramural Game (2hrs)
Friday – Sisterhood Event (3 hrs)
These are the type of events that you and your daughter will see
on your chapter’s calendar. It is our hope that as her membership
continues, so will her desire to contribute her talent and potential to
enrich her experience and sisterhood.
Expectations for Panhellenic Women
The values of Clemson Fraternity
and Sorority Life are Scholarship,
Leadership, Philanthropy and
Community. By joining a chapter and
our community, your daughter will
also be committing to our values and
expectations. As a Panhellenic woman,
we expect her to thrive academically,
become involved on Clemson’s
campus and conduct herself in a
manner that properly reflects our
ideals. In addition to the overarching
Panhellenic values, each chapter has
its own unique values and holds its’
members accountable through a
formal conduct process. Once your
daughter becomes a member, she is
always representing her chapter, our
community and Clemson University.
frequently asked questions
Will a sorority have an adverse effect on my daughter’s grades?
No, in fact, the all Greek GPA at Clemson is higher than the non-
Greek GPA. By consistently promoting scholarship, our Panhellenic
community makes achieving academic success a priority. By choosing
to join sorority life, your daughter is becoming part of a group of
women who have already finished their first year of college. Thus,
your daughter will be surrounded by women who can offer advice,
study suggestions pertaining to her major and overall tools to promote
academic success. There are few other places where a student can
gain access to the variety of resources that the Greek community has
to offer. Ultimately, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom
is the individual students’. However, with the broad range of resources
available within the Greek community, students are more likely to
achieve their full academic potential.
Are sororities primarily social in nature?
That completely depends on your definition of “social.” On Clemson’s
campus, the various activities of today’s sororities include educational
programs, community service events, alumni events, Parent’s
Weekends, intramural sports, Homecoming, First Friday, sisterhood
events, formals and date socials. All of these events are considered
“social” in some way, but they all have amazing benefits for your
daughter if she participates in them. Sorority life at Clemson is not
accurately portrayed by the movies and TV shows that we see today.
Our Panhellenic community strives to promote unity within all of our
chapters and grow together through our values by participating in, and
hosting many of, the events on our campus.
Is hazing a traditional practice among sororities?
Clemson University has a zero tolerance hazing policy for all student
organizations. Sorority members are educated about hazing behavior
and policies regularly in order to keep them informed. Hazing, or any
activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidation,
physical exhaustion, or mental distress is entirely contrary to the
purposes of the sorority and fraternity communities as well as Clemson
University, and is not tolerated.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
100 Norris Hall Clemson, SC 29634