PHA Recruitment FAQ

Below are a series of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, shoot us an email or call 573-882-8291.

The University of Missouri has more than 30,000 students — and a large university can be very intimidating. As a sorority woman, you will have a close group of friends who can help you adjust to your new life at Mizzou, and help to make campus feel smaller right away!

Sororities have very specific grade expectations for their members, and traditionally the all-sorority average GPA has been higher than the all-women’s GPA at Mizzou.

Along with helping members with academics, the sorority community is made up of some of the most active individuals on campus and can help you network within the campus community.

In addition to these networking skills, sorority life will help you improve both your time management skills and your leadership skills, which are both very important in college and in the real world.

No matter which sorority you choose, you will find a unique bond of friendship within your chapter and the Panhellenic community that will carry on for the rest of your life.

At Mizzou, primary recruitment is a process that allows interested women to get to know each sorority chapter before deciding which organization is best for them.

If you decide to go through primary recruitment, you will move into your residence hall or apartment a week before school starts in the fall.

To make the process easier, you will be assigned a group of Panhellenic counselors — sorority women disaffiliated from their chapters during recruitment week. These women will be with you throughout the week and they can answer any questions you may have about Recruitment or sorority life.

During recruitment week, you will visit PHA sororities on campus and get to know women in each chapter. Each round of recruitment consists of planned social events. For example, Sisterhood Day allows the sorority women to show their sense of humor with a skit, while Philanthropy Day focuses on each chapter’s philanthropy and community service work. These socials will help you figure out the goals, values and personality of each chapter on campus, and help you decide which chapter is best for you.

Keep in mind that recruitment is a mutual selection process, so while you are deciding which chapters you feel most comfortable with, the women in each chapter are also trying to figure out which women would fit best into their sorority.

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

An optional profile picture upload will be on the second page of the registration. Photos must be

  • Taken in front of a plain/blank background; and
  • Passport style photo: shoulders up, head facing forward.

If your photo does not meet the requirements, we will request you send a new photo to

Each sorority has basic time commitments and mandatory events, such as chapter meetings, new member meetings and philanthropy events. Additionally, keeping with Mizzou tradition, sororities play a large role in homecoming festivities.

Time commitment as a Panhellenic woman can be extensive, making time management an essential skill to enhance your experience as a Mizzou Tiger and sorority woman.

There is a space in the recruitment registration form to share any accommodations that you may need to make your recruitment experience accessible. If you would prefer to be contacted directly by an FSL staff member, you may enter “Contact Me” in the form in the accommodations question space. If you have questions or concerns around accommodations, please contact the Vice President of Recruitment – External at

There is no grade requirement to go through primary recruitment set by PHA, but each chapter has its own GPA standards for membership and retention. Because PHA and each chapter values scholarship, maintaining good grades is important to all sorority women. The average college GPA for all sorority women at Mizzou in the fall semester of 2021 was 3.493, which was higher than all women and all undergraduate GPA averages.

  • Green Light = Your options are not likely to be limited base on your GPA (3.5 +)
  • Yellow Light = Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA (3.0-3.499)
  • Red light = Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA (0-2.999)

Based on a 4.0 GPA Scale

Yes! Sororities accept women of all academic class levels — as long as you are an undergraduate, full-time student on the Mizzou campus, you are eligible to join a sorority.

Many sororities do not participate in PHA primary recruitment. Mizzou has a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) with historically African-American sororities, and a Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). To find out more about these councils, contact their respective governing councils for more information.

A student’s financial aid is first used to pay for tuition and residence hall contracts. If a student has money left over, the university writes a refund check in the student’s name. That money can be used to pay for sorority fees or any other financial obligations.

If a student moves into her chapter’s house, she may receive a larger refund check because she is no longer paying for residential life housing. In that case, the extra money could be used to pay housing expenses to the sorority.

In addition, many chapters have local or national scholarship programs exclusively for members; you can ask each chapter for more information.

You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in recruitment. You are encouraged to participate in recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about sorority life and meet new friends. You can withdraw from the process at any time by working with your Panhellenic counselor.

A recommendation letter is written by a sorority alumna recommending you to her sorority. While recommendations are definitely appreciated by chapters, you are not responsible for securing them. It is actually a chapter’s responsibility to obtain one if they need more information.

If you know an alumna, it is not uncommon to ask her if she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation to her sorority.

Each chapter’s national organization has their own protocol for recommendation letters, so if you have any questions, you can contact them for more information.

Learn More About Recommendation Letters

The fee that a potential member pays to participate in recruitment covers room and board, a processing fee, and three recruitment T-shirts that are given at check-in. By paying this fee and participating in primary recruitment, potential new members get to move into the residence hall three days before other students.

Panhellenic counselors are women who have been chosen to disaffiliate from their specific chapters for the duration of recruitment.

Panhellenic counselors are available to all potential new members so that they are well informed throughout the recruitment process.

Panhellenic counselors are responsible for distributing schedules, answering questions, and being a confidante while a potential new member is participating in recruitment.

For information that applies to the sorority experience of students, check out

  • Open House Round will be a virtual format and you will not be visiting chapter houses.
  • During Philanthropy Round, we ask that you show off your Mizzou spirit by sporting black and gold! This round is casual for example, jean shorts, tennis skirt, T-shirt, sandals, tennis shoes, etc.
  • During Sisterhood Round, the attire is slightly dressier, but comfort is still key. A skirt, casual sundress or pair of shorts is perfect. Just like the last two days, you will be walking all over Greek Town, so comfy shoes are a must.
  • During Preference Round, dinner party attire is appropriate; just keep it simple and classy. A dress, romper, or nice pants are great options. This the day to wear a fancier outfit with nice flats, wedges or heels. As always, wear something you feel comfortable and confident in.

Primary recruitment is sponsored by the University of Missouri. To request accommodations, please email the Disability Center or call 573-882-4696.