What is Sorority Recruitment? Each year sororities increase their membership through this mutual selection process. Sorority Recruitment is a formal process for prospective sorority members to meet women of the sorority chapters at the campus, and for the sorority women to meet the potential members. This is the time to learn about the values, traditions, and programming of the individual sororities; as well as learn more about sorority life. Recruitment is a mutual selection process that takes place over a period of several days, usually consisting of of 3-4 rounds of parties of events - the emphasis is on conversation and getting to know each other. Recruitment is different at every campus; traditionally, colleges conduct formal recruitment in the fall, but some campuses, such as Baylor University, conduct sorority recruitment in the spring. Be sure to contact your campus for more information and to register for recruitment with your college's panhellenic office.
How do I register for recruitment? The registration process varies from campus to campus. You should receive information during the summer from your college. College orientation is also a good time to ask questions. If you do not receive information by mid-July, we suggest you contact your college's Greek office or Panhellenic office. Many colleges provide this information through their website.
How can Longview Area Alumnae Panhellenic help me with sorority recruitment? Sorority alumnae assist in the sorority recruitment process by providing recommendations, also called references to their collegiate chapters at various colleges and universities. To facilitate the recruitment process, prospective members from the Longview area may register their intent to participate in sorority recruitment with the Longview Area Alumnae Panhellenic.
What are references, or recommendations? Recruitment references can be compared to job references. They are personal endorsements, from sorority women, of women going through the recruitment process. Our Longview Panhellenic Information Form provides the necessary information for Longview Area Panhellenic to write references or recommendations on your behalf. The Longview Area Alumnae Panhellenic distributes your information sheet to each respective sorority representative in the panhellenic's association. It also gives sororities advance notices that you plan to participate in recruitment; however, it does not guarantee an invitation to membership from a sorority.
What do I do? If you complete the Longview Panhellenic Information Form, we will make your information available to the Longview Area Panhellenic representatives of each NPC sorority at your campus, for them to use as appropriate. Registration with Longview Area Alumnae Panhellenic does not register you for recruitment at the college. IT IS NECESSARY TO REGISTER WITH YOUR COLLEGE PANHELLENIC. You, as the prospective member, are responsible for registering for recruitment at your college's campus. College Panhellenics will provide information about what you can expect during the recruitment process on that campus, as well as information on each sorority on campus. The information you receive from your college Panhellenic contains rules, dress guidelines, photo examples, etc. Be aware of deadlines. Ask what materials/information you need to submit (pictures, transcripts, fees, resume, etc.).
General Recruitment Information
Registering with Longview Area Panhellenic does NOT register you for recruitment with your college Panhellenic.
- YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE PANHELLENIC ON YOUR COLLEGE CAMPUS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN RECRUITMENT.
- Contact your college Panhellenic or Greek Life to register. There is usually a cost associated with sign-up.
- Recruitment registration is the prospective new member's responsibility and to register by the campus deadline.
- The Longview Area Panhellenic cooperates with the recruitment rules of the individual colleges and urges that each potential new member going through recruitment learns and obeys the rules of her chosen school.
- You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the rules of your college Panhellenic and are subject to penalties for infractions of any rules. Violation of rules could result in removal from recruitment. Check your college Panhellenic rules carefully. "Recruitment" includes any activity engaged in by college sorority members and/or their agents who attempt to persuade or influence a potential new member in favor of a particular sorority.
- Sororities are bound by college Panhellenic rules. An infringement of the rules can result in penalties to the college chapter of the sorority involved.
Recruitment is simply the method of getting acquainted with prospective members. Let good taste and good manners guide your conduct during recruitment. Smile! Be yourself. Be interested in others. Have genuine and honest conversations. Have a great time.
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- Our sororities, members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) are private social organizations whose collegiate members have the right to invite into membership the women they deem to be most congenial. The privilege of choice is mutual.
- Although a sorority has the right to choose whom it will invite to recruit, you, the prospective new member, also have the right to choose which sorority you wish to join.
- Do not make up your mind about joining any sorority until you have met its active college members.
- Remember that you are not joining a "name", but choosing a closely-knit group in which you can expect to make lasting friendships in college and alumna life.
- Also, remember that individual sororities differ from campus to campus.
When your final decision is being made in your preferential signing at the end of recruitment, you will be urged to list more than one sorority, in preferential order, when indicating the sororities you are interested in joining.
An Important Word for Parents
Let your daughter's decision be her own. She is the one who will have these women as her sorority sisters for a lifetime.