Panhellenic Recruitment functions in two ways: primary and informal.
Informal Recruitment Spring 2020
Participating chapters (list may be updated):
- Alpha Phi
- Phi Mu
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Zeta Tau Alpha
Informal Recruitment, or Continuous Open Bidding, is the process that sororities use to recruit new members. Unlike Primary Recruitment, a Potential New Member engaged in Informal Recruitment will not visit all of the sororities. When a sorority decides to offer Informal Recruitment, they contact Potential New Members through the forms that were filled out by Potential New Members and hold a series of informal events to get to know her better. Registration 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 Informal Recruitment that are important to keep in mind:
- Informal Recruitment 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 Informal Recruitment is much lower than during Primary Recruitment.
- Informal Recruitment 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 Informal Recruitment 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 Informal Recruitment may occur each fall and spring semester. This means that the chapters participating in Informal Recruitment will vary throughout the year.
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.