PHA Recruitment

PHA Fall Primary Recruitment Update 2020

July 24: Due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, The University of Missouri Panhellenic Association (PHA) has decided that Primary Recruitment 2020 will be executed fully virtually. This update to Primary Recruitment prioritizes the health and safety of potential new members, active members, advisors, volunteers and University of Missouri staff, while affording potential new members the opportunity to find their home in our community.

July 6: The University of Missouri Panhellenic Association (PHA) has decided that, for 2020 PHA recruitment (Aug. 15-22), sisterhood and preference rounds will be held in person, with social distancing guidelines in place; participants will access open house and philanthropy rounds online.

Please note these plans are subject to change; PHA will adhere to all federal, state, local and/or UM system guidelines and keep health and safety at the forefront of any decisions made.

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Panhellenic recruitment functions in two ways: primary and continuous open bidding.

Primary Recruitment

The majority of sorority women join chapters through primary recruitment, which takes place every fall the week before school begins. PHA recruitment is a mutual selection process where a potential member has the opportunity to meet with chapter members, ask a variety of questions, and tour the living units.

PHA Recruitment Guide (PDF) PHA Recruitment Guide Text Only (PDF)


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Tentatively Scheduled* for Saturday, Aug. 15–Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

Registration for primary recruitment 2020 will be open from Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m. to Friday, July 31 at noon.

Register for PHA Sorority Recruitment here.

Registration for primary recruitment 2020 will run from 9 a.m. Monday, June 1 to noon Friday, July 31.

Once registration closes additional registrations are NOT accepted and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

Cost: $200.00 per person

Registration fees include room, board, T-shirts and processing fees. Please remember that your registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

*Continue to check this page for updates and information concerning primary recruitment 2020. Updated as of June 29, 2020.

A required profile picture upload will be on the second page of the registration. Photos must be:
1) taken in front of a plain/blank background
2) passport style photo: shoulders up, head facing forward.

If your photo does not meet the requirements, a new photo will be requested. The new photo will need to be sent to In order to register you must upload a copy of your latest transcript with cumulative GPA. This could be in the form of official, unofficial or latest report card. Upload to Campus Director.

Students must be fully admitted to the university in order to register.

It is HIGHLY recommended that women participating in primary recruitment or non-primary recruitment have at or above a 3.5 cumulative high school or college GPA at the time they are seeking membership. In fall 2019, the average GPA of women who participated in primary recruitment was 3.79/4.0.

If you are sophomore university student participating in primary recruitment it is HIGHLY recommended that you have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Once your registration is completed you will not be able to login and make changes.

Have questions about primary sorority recruitment? Check out Recruitment FAQ!

Bid Day

Plans are being finalized for Bid Day and will be shared when the information is available. Due to health and safety concerns, we recommend and ask that parents and families not plan to attend Bid Day activities, as no guests will be allowed in chapter facilities.

Continuous Open Bidding

Continuous open bidding (COB) is the process that sororities use to recruit new members. Unlike primary recruitment, a potential new member (PNM) engaged in COB will not visit all of the sororities. When a sorority decides to participate in COB, they contact PNMs through the interest forms that were filled out by PNMs and hold a series of events to get to know her better. Completion of the interest form on the part of the potential new member is necessary to join a chapter. All women that have not been initiated by another chapter in the past are eligible to participate.

There are a few key differences between primary recruitment and COB that are important to keep in mind:

• COB almost never involves all of the PHA sororities at any particular time. Those who do take part usually have only a few spots open for new members. Therefore, the opportunity to join a sorority during COB is much lower than during primary recruitment.

• COB is a much less structured process. You do not get the overall view of sorority life, nor do you see what each sorority is about. Most of the women who join through COB do so because they have been on campus for a while and have a better feel for which sororities they would be comfortable joining.

For many reasons, including wanting to get to know all the sororities, most women choose primary recruitment as their way to join a sorority. However, if you find that you are unable to go through primary recruitment for any reason, keep in mind that COB may occur each fall and spring semester. This means that the chapters participating in COB will vary throughout the year.

Sororities currently participating in COB are:

  • Phi Mu
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma