PHA Recruitment FAQ

Find the answers to your recruitment questions below.


The Panhellenic Association has four core values of service, scholarship, leadership and sisterhood. These values are at the heart of PHA. When joining a PHA sorority and the larger PHA community you gain access to a support group that will help ease the adjustment to college and make college life fun. With nearly than 30,000 students on Mizzou’s campus, joining PHA will help make a big campus feel small.

Additionally, joining PHA means gaining access to:

  • Scholastic resources that help you achieve your academic goals
  • Gaining leadership skills through hands-on experience
  • Opportunities for participation in community service projects
  • Encouragement to get involved on campus and make connection across Mizzou

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.

The primary recruitment process is set up so each potential new member (PNM) can get to know each sorority chapter before deciding to commit to the organization that is best for them.

If you decide to go through primary recruitment, you will move into your residence hall early to take part in the process before classes start!

To make the process easier, you will be assigned to a Panhellenic counselor group. Each day of recruitment consists of planned social events. For example, Philanthropy Round focuses on each chapter’s community service work while the Sisterhood Round allows the sorority members to showcase their values and what makes them unique. These events will help you figure out the goals, values and personality of each chapter, and they will help you decide which chapter is best for you.

Recruitment is a mutual selection process, so while you decide which chapters you feel most comfortable with, the members in each chapter are also trying to determine which potential new members would fit best into their chapter.

No. Primary recruitment takes place at the beginning of the fall semester. COB takes place throughout the year. Not all chapters participate in COB nor begin COB until after primary recruitment. In order to participate in COB, you must complete an interest form. There is no cost associated with COB; however, completing the COB interest form does not guarantee that a sorority participating will contact a potential new member: nor that they will receive an offer of membership. Feel free to contact the vice president of recruitment-external for COB details and questions.

Stay tuned and bookmark this webpage. Once PHA Formal Recruitment has ended, this webpage will be updated with the PHA chapters who will be taking part in the Continuous Open Bidding 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 and academics, maintaining good grades is important to all sorority women.

Each sorority has its own mission, creed and values that it lives by. However, overall, Panhellenic organizations strive to provide members with friendship, opportunities for personal growth/development and fun. Primary recruitment is a process designed to allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. As you go through the process, be sure to keep an open mind, ask questions and be yourself.

You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in PHA Primary Recruitment. If you’re interested in sorority life, recruitment is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more, meet PHA women from different chapters and better understand the PHA core values. If you decide that sorority life is not a right fit for you, you can withdraw from the process at any time by working with your Panhellenic counselor.

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

Primary Recruitment Process

Panhellenic counselors are PHA women who serve as your guide in the recruitment process. These are women who have applied and been selected to disaffiliate from their specific PHA chapters for the duration of the recruitment process.

Every potential new member will be assigned to a group with a Panhellenic counselor and other potential new members going through the recruitment process.

Panhellenic counselors will distribute schedules, answer questions, and be a confidante while potential new members are participating in recruitment. Panhellenic counselors are a great sounding board through the recruitment process – they can provide guidance from their own experiences within the PHA community and answer any questions that you have about the process.

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

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 profile picture upload is a required part of the registration process for PHA Primary Recruitment. On the second page of the registration form there will be a place to upload your profile photo. Photos must be:

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

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

In addition to a required profile photo, each potential new member registering for recruitment will be required to submit the following materials: 

  • Profile Photo 
  • High school or relevant transcripts 
  • Resume 
  • Video submission

The video submission is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and provide more insight into who you are and why you’re looking to join Mizzou’s PHA community. You will be provided a list of questions on the registration form. You will select 2-3 questions to answers. You will film yourself answering these questions in a video format, upload to YouTube as an unlisted video and attach to the registration form.

For more advice on how to answer the questions, check out important tips and tricks from members of the PHA executive board. 

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

Letters of Recommendation are not required, but can be submitted to chapters. However, some PHA chapters no longer accept letters of recommendation in the PHA Primary Recruitment process. To learn more about what this process looks like for individual chapters, please email the Vice President of Recruitment – External at

There are different rounds throughout the PHA Primary Recruitment process. Each round will require a slightly different wardrobe. To see a full schedule of events for PHA Primary Recruitment, please click here [hyperlink to the part of the webpage with the schedule of event] 

  • Open House Round will be hosted in a virtual format. So, be comfortable.
  • During Philanthropy Round, we ask that you wear your recruitment t-shirts provided at recruitment check-in for August 14 and 15 during the Philanthropy Round! This round is casual for example, jean shorts, tennis skirt, recruitment T-shirts, sandals, tennis shoes, etc. 
  • During Sisterhood Round, the attire is business casual. A skirt, sundress or a pair of dress shorts is perfect. Just like Philanthropy Round, you will be walking all over Greek Town and campus to attend chapter visits. Make sure you choose comfortable shoes that are suited for a lot of walking. 
  • During  Preference Round, dinner party attire is recommended. A dress, dress pants and a blouse or a romper 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 and we want to ensure that all Tigers are able to participate. To request accommodations, please email the Disability Center or call 573-882-4696.

We know that PHA Primary Recruitment occurs at the same time as Welcome Week. We want to make sure that Potential New Members have the opportunity to take part in Academic Day activities. If you’re interested in attending an Academic Day Event, please contact the PHA Recruitment team at to work on scheduling. If you would like to explore a list of Welcome Week events, please visit: 


The fee that a potential member pays to participate in PHA Primary Recruitment covers a tote bag, lanyard, water bottle, and some other Mizzou PHA gear like stickers as well as an administrative fee. All items will be handed out during check-in.  

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.

Sorority Life

Each sorority has standard 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 the Mizzou Homecoming festivities in October.

Sorority life creates a lot of opportunities for new friends, activities and commitments– so it’s important to build time management skills to better enhance your experience as a Mizzou Tiger and PHA sorority woman.

Each chapter has a different housing policy; however, most chapters have members move into their houses during their second year of membership. During recruitment, PNMs are encouraged to ask about housing specifics.

Mizzou’s community of fraternities and sororities has many opportunities for members of different chapters to meet and create friendships. Social, leadership and service events give members in different sororities the chance to socialize. Making friends from other sororities helps strengthen our community. By participating in primary recruitment, a PNM has the opportunity to meet members in their Panhellenic Counselor group and can maintain these friendships even after joining different chapters.

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