SORORITY AND FRATERNITY
Dear Potential New Member,
Congratulations on your decision to participate in Panhellenic
Recruitment at your chosen university! Panhellenic Recruitment is
one of the most exciting times of year for the fraternity and sorority
community, and we are hopeful that you will have an enjoyable and
Panhellenic sororities strive to offer young women the opportunity
to become well-rounded individuals through high academic
standards, leadership involvement, social opportunities,
philanthropy, service, and networking.
We hope this presentation will give you a glimpse of the recruitment
process, some helpful hints to make the most of your upcoming
experience, and what sorority life is all about. There is no single
blueprint to follow as each school runs its own recruitment process.
However, we hope that by covering the basics you will be able to
navigate your school’s recruitment with ease.
The very first step in a successful recruitment is to register
with your university’s Panhellenic Recruitment. You can
usually find this either on the university website, or using your
favorite search engine. Once you locate this website, do some
research. Most of these sites will be a valuable source of
specific information for your recruitment. After a little
research, register for recruitment. There will be a fee usually
around $100. This fee covers the cost of running recruitment.
Once you are registered, they will send you additional
The following pages will provide additional information about
Panhellenic organizations and general recruitment. It includes
a sample resume and information on recommendation
letters. At the end of the presentation, there is a Google form
to complete for us to send to local representatives of
Panhellenic organizations. While we cannot guarantee they
will be able to complete a recommendation, we will make
sure they receive your information. Make sure to follow all
instructions and give as much information as possible.
We encourage you to be yourself and have fun! As you
consider making this life-long commitment, take some time
to reflect on your personal values and what you hope to gain
while being in a sorority. We wish you successful recruitment
and hope that you find your sisters for life.
An undergraduate sorority or fraternity member
who has been initiated by his or her chapter and is
in good standing with their university and
Continuous Open Bidding (COB)
A process where bids may be extended and
accepted any time during the school year
other than Formal Recruitment. A limited
number of chapters are eligible to participate
in COB, and if they do participate, they have
very limited spots available.
Alumna or Alumnae
An initiated woman of a sorority or fraternity who
has graduated or is no longer an active member
but is in good standing with the chapter and
remains a member for life.
An insignia of fraternity or sorority membership
worn by initiated members. Each NPC member
has her own badge.
A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.
The last day of recruitment when Potential New
Members receive invitations (bids) to join
chapters. The NPC Unanimous Agreements state
there is to be no alcohol use or men associated
with Bid Day.
A designated membership recruitment
period comprised of a series of events hosted
by each sorority or fraternity. Formal
recruitment is scheduled and governed by
the Panhellenic Council.
Fraternity or Sorority
A values-based social organization typically
designated by Greek letters.
A ritual ceremony that brings new members
into full membership of a sorority including its
lifelong benefits. Once a woman is initiated
into an NPC sorority, she is ineligible for
membership in any other NPC sorority.
A woman whose mother, sister, and/or
grandmother is an initiated member of an
NPC sorority. Qualifying legacy status and
initiation policies differ by organization.
Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding
A document each PNM completes immediately
following the events of Round 4/Preference stating
her membership preferences for the chapter(s) she
visited during this final round of recruitment. The
PNM ranks the sorority/ies she would accept a bid
from in preferential order. This is a binding
agreement, stating the PNM is willing to accept a
bid from any chapter she lists on her MRABA. If she
receives a bid to a chapter she lists and declines it,
she is ineligible to join another Panhellenic
organization at that university until the next formal
recruitment period. If she does not receive a bid to
membership, she is eligible for continuous open
bidding. The MRABA is also used for continuous
A woman who has accepted a Panhellenic bid but is
not yet an initiated member.
An organization’s designated cause to which they
serve and/or raise money.
Potential New Member (PNM)
Any woman interested in becoming a Panhellenic
member who is eligible to participate in recruitment
and join a chapter according to the Panhellenic
A promise made by a new member. It is a verb and
should not be used as a noun to describe new
The number of Potential New Members to
which each chapter can offer bids during formal
recruitment. This is determined by a formula
involving the number of chapters and the
number of women participating in bid
Recommendation or Reference
A written letter or statement from an alumna
following her organization’s guidelines
introducing and recommending a Potential
New Member for membership.
Panhellenic women carefully selected and
trained to guide Potential New Members
through the formal recruitment process.
Counselors disassociate from their respective
chapters to remain completely neutral during
the formal recruitment process.
Single Intentional Preference
When a woman who has attended more than
one preference events lists only one chapter on
her MRABA following preference round.
The period of time after the close of preference
events and before the distribution of bids where
there is no communication between Potential
New Members and sorority women.
Describes the process by which a PNM enters
her priority preferences after each round.
The Recruitment Process
Recruitment can be a whirlwind experience. Many campuses will schedule recruitment for 3-5
consecutive days. Schedules may vary by campus and may occur over two weekends, over an
academic calendar break, before the academic term begins or over a long weekend.
College may host an orientation at the beginning of the recruitment process. This event usually
explains all the policies and rules, along with an overview of the schedule to PNMs.
PNMs may be split into groups that are led by recruitment counselors. These women are
trained to provide support and guidance to you throughout the process. They are well versed in
the policies, expectations, and options available to you and they will provide an unbiased
perspective to assist you in your decision making. Depending on your campus, you may or may
not know which chapter she is a member of as it should not influence your recruitment
experience and ultimately your personal choice in selecting your sorority.
Mutual selection process
In Round 1, potential new members will visit each chapter. This will be your first
introduction to the entire community and all of your options for
membership. Panhellenic recruitment is a mutual selection process. As chapters
are evaluating PNMs against the values and expectations of their organization,
you are ALSO evaluating the chapters. You should use this time to get to know
each chapter and ask about things that you value. For example, if you value
being in a service-oriented organization, you can ask the member(s) you meet
about the service opportunities provided by their chapter. Learn more about the
opportunities each organization offers to see which organization you most
connect with. It is important to continue to keep an open mind as you meet
chapter members rather than relying on preconceived notions or secondhand
information. After each round of recruitment, you will prioritize which chapters
you would like to visit during the next round. At the same time, chapters are
prioritizing which PNMs they would like to invite back for the next round. This
mutual selection process may mean not all PNMs a chapter invites will return to
the chapter during the next round and not all PNMs will receive invitations back
to chapters they listed at the top of their priority list. You may receive an
invitation to a chapter you have indicated as a low priority. Consider this an
opportunity to get to know the chapter further as they have identified you as
someone who fits the values and expectations of their organization.
Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA)
After Round 1, you will attend fewer and fewer events as you narrow down your
preferences for membership in each subsequent round. The final round, called
preference round, you may be invited to visit up to two chapters. After the
preference round, you will fill out what is called the Membership Recruitment
Acceptance Binding Agreement or MRABA. This agreement will ensure you are
informed of all of your options in completing primary recruitment. Once you
submit this agreement, you are agreeing to accept an invitation of membership
from whichever groups that you have listed on your form. If you receive an
invitation to membership and choose not to continue with your membership in
that organization, you will be ineligible to join another organization until the
next primary recruitment on the same campus.
Do your research to know the sororities on your campus. Visit their chapter websites along
with the websites of their inter/national organization. You can get a sense of their
philanthropic and service events, scholarship requirements, and opportunities for involvement
the chapter has on campus.
Ask the right questions of the chapters during events. Consider the mutual selection process
like an interview. Chapter members will be asking questions about you, but this is an
opportunity for you to get to know the chapters as well. Decide what is important to you, what
you are looking for out of a sorority, and then do your best to learn which chapters match with
Though not everyone’s fashion sense is the same, your attire at recruitment is part of
your first impression. As you think about what you’ll wear for each round, remember to
present yourself appropriately in each situation.
Each campus outlines recommended attire for each round of recruitment. Review the
materials provided to you by the College Panhellenic; it will be very helpful. In general,
each round becomes progressively dressier.
Remember comfort is important – be comfortable in what you wear so your personality
is what stands out.
Comfort also means being aware of the weather and your travel options. Make sure you’ll
be cold or warm enough depending on when recruitment is held. Also be mindful you
may be walking A LOT. Make sure that your shoes are comfortable enough to go from
one chapter/event facility to another.
Keep an open mind
Try not to develop pre-conceived notions of chapters before meeting their members.
Recruitment is about your experience meeting the chapters and finding your home.
Keep in mind what you are looking for might be different than what your friends and
family members are looking for - there are different chapters for different people, so
focus on the best fit for you! Don’t let others decide for you what feels right to you.
Along with being confident, be comfortable with who you are, and show the chapters your
individual personality. Be authentic in your interactions with chapter members because
trying to act like someone you aren’t will not help you decide if you are a good fit for them,
nor will it give them an accurate portrayal of who you are. Think about your purpose for
joining a sorority and what you are looking to accomplish in college. The more clarity you
have around what you are looking for, the more likely you are to make the best possible
decision in the recruitment process.
You may get asked the same question by 10 different people, you may be tired or your feet
may hurt, but be sure to be polite to whomever you speak with at all the chapters you visit.
It’s good to take notes after each event. This way you won’t get confused about chapters
after long days. Jot down the top three things you liked or didn’t like and maybe a hint
about the people you spoke with.
Get Plenty of Rest
Probably most important of all is to make sure you get plenty of rest each night. It’s hard to
put your best foot forward when you’re tired or sick, and getting sleep is the best way to
Having good conduct is an expectation of all members of the fraternity and sorority
community, both throughout the recruitment process as well as during your new
member education, active membership, and alumna status. Fraternal organizations
should make our college communities a better place and you have the power to help
ensure that by behaving appropriately and encouraging others to do so as well.
Sorority members swear an oath in their initiation ceremonies that bind them to live
up to the highest moral codes. Our conduct must always reflect these high ideals.
Being a member of a sorority is a privilege and there are certain expectations to ensure
each member is receiving a great experience and the organization collectively is
having a positive impact in the community - if everyone follows these, we can ensure
an awesome experience for all members.
What to Include in Your Resume
Cell Phone Number
This should be at the top of your resume and should be easy to see and read
High School and address
GPA (weighted and unweighted)
Dual Credit/AP Courses
Just list this information, no explanation is needed.
Date of Birth
College Attending with your class (Class of XX)
Intended Major (If you have one)
Mother (Name both married and maiden, college, degree)
Father (Name, college, degree)
Again, just list this information, no explanation is needed.
Honors and Awards
This is the time to brag, tell them about all the scholastic and extracurricular
achievements you can think of, be sure to include the year and short description.
High School achievements only.
This section is extremely important. It can be combined with Honors and Awards
Extracurricular Activities and Interests
This is where you can list anything you haven’t already. Church, Clubs, Hobbies.
Only provide descriptions if it cannot be understood without one.
List all volunteer work, remember only high school information. Only provide
descriptions if needed.
Where, length of time worked, and brief description. Babysitting and paid
List all affiliations for Mother, Father, Siblings, Grandparents, Cousins. List
Sorority/Fraternity name, Chapter, University, and pledge year.
Social media is monitored before and throughout sorority life. Make
sure your accounts reflect who you are as a person and
contradict Panhellenic ideals. Chapters use social media as a recruiting
tool to show you their best moments. While they are fun to see and
interact with, know that the day-to-day may look different. These
accounts should not be the only basis for your preferences, so don’t
count any chapter out before you meet them in person.
We hope you now have some insight into sororities and recruitment. Thank you to the National
Panhellenic Council (NPC) for providing the information and pictures used to create this
presentation. For more information, please visit their website as well as your College Panhellenic
website. The college Panhellenic sites will provide important dates and registration information
Also, consider doing a little research about the chapters on your campus by visiting the
inter/national sorority websites.
Other Great Places to Check Out:
College Panhellenic Websites
Inter/national Sorority Websites