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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.

Why should I join a sorority?

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 Greek 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.

What is primary recruitment?

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 Greek 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.

Which Panhellenic sororities participate in primary recruitment?
  • 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
If I choose to upload a profile photo for registration, what should it look like?

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 pharecruitment@missouri.edu.

How many hours a week will I spend participating in sorority activities?

Each sorority has basic time commitments and mandatory events, such as chapter meetings, new member meetings and philanthropy events. Additionally, keeping with Mizzou tradition, Greek Life plays 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.

Who do I contact if I have accommodation requests?
Does my high school GPA matter in the recruitment process?

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 2017 was 3.397, which is higher than all women, all men, and all campus 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

Can women who are not freshmen go through primary recruitment?

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.

Are there sororities on campus that do not participate in primary recruitment?

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.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid to help pay the sorority fees?

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.

What do I do if I go through recruitment and end up deciding sorority life is not for me?

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.

What are recommendation letters? Are they necessary?

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
What is the average cost of being in a sorority?

The following is an average and a range for each category of dues (all fees are annual costs) from the 2016–2017 academic year

Averages and Ranges of Dues

New Member Fees Active (Out-of-House) Active (In-House)
Average cost $2,569 $2,095 $8,006
High $3,309 $2,602 $10,010
Low $1,636 $1,607 $5,909

Please note: these numbers may be different for the upcoming academic year.

Panhellenic sororities are not-for-profit organizations, which means that they count on the dues of their members to function. All sorority finances are handled through the organization, not the university.

Each chapter handles their finances differently. Some chapters split their payments into installments throughout the semester while other chapters have their dues paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the semester.

The items that are included in a member’s dues are also unique to each chapter. Some chapters include such items such as an activity fee, social fee, room, board, new member education, initiation fee and other fees in their dues. Other chapters have a base fee with a la cart fees throughout the year.

In addition chapters may handle their finances through the internet or through the finance chair of the chapter directly. Each chapter’s finances are as unique as the members in each chapter.

What does the fee for recruitment cover?

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.

What are Panhellenic counselors?

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.

What do I need to know as a parent of a student going through sorority primary recruitment?

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

What do I wear during recruitment?
  • During open house and philanthropy rounds, you will wear a provided unisex T-shirt. The cost of these T-shirts is included in the registration fee. You will sign up for your size when you register.
  • 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.
I have a disability. Are recruitment events accessible?

Primary recruitment is sponsored by the University of Missouri. To request accommodations, please email the Disability Center or call 573-882-4696. You may also wish to download the Accessibility Guide for Prospective and New Members (PDF).