Informal Recruitment is the process that sororities use to recruit new members. Unlike Formal 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 by clicking here 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 Formal Recruitment and Informal Recruitment that are important to keep in mind:
- Informal Recruitment almost never involves all of the 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 Formal 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 Formal Recruitment as their way to join a sorority. However, if you find that you are unable to go through Formal 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.
Chapters Participating in Informal Recruitment
Alpha Phi Kappa Delta
Phi Mu Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sunday, August 13, 2017-Sunday, August 20, 2017
PHA Formal Recruitment Information
- Registration for Formal Recruitment 2017 will open on Thursday, June 1 at 9am CST and will close on Friday, July 21 at 5pm CST.
- Late registrations are NOT accepted and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.
- Cost=$200.00 per person from June 1st – June 31st and $225.00 starting July 1st (includes room, board, tee shirts and processing fees)—this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
- For participants who live on campus, move-in will take place on Sunday, August 13th. Specific move-in times vary by Residential Hall.
- For participants who live off campus, lodging is your own responsibility. You will be given a dining hall card for your lunches Monday-Friday of Formal Recruitment.
- In order to register you must upload a copy of your latest transcript. This could be in the form of official, unofficial, or latest report card.
- Students must be fully admitted to the University in order to register.
- It is HIGHLY recommended that women participating in formal recruitment or informal recruitment have at or above a 3.5 cumulative high school or college GPA at the time they are seeking membership. Visit the FAQ page for more information.
- Once your registration is completed you will not be able to login and make changes.
Have questions about formal sorority recruitment? Check out Recruitment FAQ!
Formal Recruitment begins on Monday, August 14, 2017 and concludes on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Residence hall move-in and the kick-off for women participating in Formal Recruitment is on Sunday, August 13.
The first round of recruitment, Open House round, takes place on Monday and Tuesday of Recruitment week. Potential members will meet women from all 15 chapters during these two days.
Philanthropy round takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. 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.
Friday 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.
Saturday 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.
Sunday is Bid Day and is when chapters offer invitations to join their sisterhood.
Want to know more about what being in a sorority is really like? Check out:
Recruitment Recommendation Letter Addresses
Letters of recommendation are letters 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, encourage her to contact them for more information.
Below are the national websites of each organization represented at Mizzou. Several sites are for members only. If you are an alumna looking to write a letter of recommendation for a potential new member at Mizzou, please click the following links to access recommendation letter policies for your national organization. If alumnae are unable to gain access, please have them contact the national headquarters to obtain log-in information.