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PHA Recruitment

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
Sign up for Informal Recruitment


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.

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.

Download the PHA Recruitment Guide (PDF)



Registration for Primary Recruitment 2019 will be open from 9 a.m. June 3 to noon July 26. Late registrations are NOT accepted and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.


  • $200.00 per person from 9 a.m. June 3–midnight June 16
  • $225.00 per person starting June 17–midnight July 7
  • $250.00 per person starting July 8–noon July 26 (includes room, board, T-shirts and processing fees) — this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE
Register for Recruitment


For participants who live on campus, move-in will take place on Aug. 10. Specific move-in times vary by residence hall.

For participants who live off campus, lodging is your own responsibility. You will be given a dining hall card for your lunches during Primary Recruitment.

An optional 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, we will request you send a new photo 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 2018, the average GPA of women who participated in primary recruitment was 3.81/4.0. Visit the FAQ page for more information.

If you are sophomore university student partaking 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.


Primary Recruitment begins on Saturday, August 10, 2019 and concludes on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Residence hall move-in and the kick-off for women participating in Formal Recruitment is on Saturday, August 10.

The first round of recruitment, Open House round, takes place on the first two days of Recruitment week. Potential members will meet women from all 15 chapters during these two days.

Philanthropy round takes place on the next two days. Potential members may visit up to eleven chapters during this round and will learn more about the philanthropies and beneficiaries of each group and receive a guided tour of each chapter house.

Thursday is Sisterhood round, and potential members may visit up to seven chapters to learn about each sorority’s sisterhood and what it means to each chapter. Financial information for each chapter will be given during this round.

Friday is Preference day; potential members will visit up to two chapters. This day is sentimental and will be your final visit with chapters before you decide which one is the right match for you.

Saturday is Bid Day where chapters offer invitations to join their sisterhood.

Watch Bid Day

Can’t make it to Bid Day? Join the celebration via Livestream! Mizzou Film Crew will be filming all the festivities and streaming them at noon CDT.


  • Location: Stankowski Field
  • Time: 10 a.m. (Check-In begins at 9 a.m.)
  • Venue: Upon arrival, registered spectators must check in and obtain a wristband. Spectators will be able to watch the Bid Day celebration from the grass area located southeast of the field. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair for comfort during the celebration.
  • Parking: Spectators are encouraged to park in the Turner Avenue Parking Structure.
  • Weather: In case of rain, the celebration will be taking place in Brewer Fieldhouse. Due to capacity, no spectators will be able to attend. Weather decisions will be communicated to registered spectators via email.
  • Questions? Contact Brooke Bernstein, Vice President of Membership Education, at
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