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PHA Recruitment

Informal Recruitment (Continuous Open Bidding)

Chapters participating in Informal Recruitment (Continuous Open Bidding) Spring 2019 (list may be updated):

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Panhellenic Recruitment functions in two ways: primary and informal. 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. Learn more about BOTH forms of Panhellenic Recruitment on Mizzou’s campus.


2018 Primary Recruitment Guide

PHA Recruitment Guide 2018

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Primary Recruitment

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

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PHA Primary Recruitment Information

  • Registration for Primary Recruitment 2018 will open on Friday, June 1 at 9am CST and will close on Thursday, July 26 at noon CST.
  • Late registrations are NOT accepted and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.
    Cost=$200.00 per person from June 1st – June 30th 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 12th. 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 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, a new photo will be requested. The new photo will sent to
  • 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 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 2017, the average GPA of women who participated in Primary Recruitment was 3.74/4.0. 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.

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

Bid Day 2018

Livestream Information:

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 12 p.m. CDT.


Spectator Information:

  • Location: Stankowski Field
  • Time: 10am (Check-In begins at 9 a.m.)
  • Registration:
  • Venue Information: 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 Visitor Parking at Turner Avenue Parking Structure.
  • Weather Information: If Bid Day 2018 gets rained out, then 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 Riley Christiansen (Vice President of Member Education) at

Bid Day 2018 Map