Tips for Formal Sorority Recruitment
How to survive and thrive during formal sorority recruitment.
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Tips for Formal Sorority Recruitment
How do I join a Panhellenic sorority?
Formal recruitment for the four Panhellenic sororities, “Greek Row” sororities at EWU, begins with an orientation session for potential new members (PNMs) and parents during the weekend prior to school beginning. Recruitment events will then start on Thursday, October 4th and go through Monday, October 8th. However, prior to recruitment kicking off, there will be numerous opportunities for you to connect with the women in our sorority community. From meeting with your Rho Gamma (recruitment guide) to engaging in service projects, we strive to make sure that you have the knowledge and support you need to make the right choices throughout the recruitment process.
Do not worry, all recruitment events take into account that you have classes to attend and recruitment has been designed to not conflict with your class schedule!
Throughout the week, PNMs will meet and talk one-on-one with women in all four organizations and have the opportunity to select the chapters they identify with the most. Membership selection is a mutual selection process where both potential members and chapters consider several factors when making decisions.
Sorority & Fraternity Life will be hosting an informational booth at all of the First Step sessions for you to stop by and ask questions about the recruitment process, sorority life and EWU.
Where will I stay and what should I make sure to have for recruitment week?
Women who are registered for recruitment will stay where they have planned to live for the year. For example, their residence hall, apartment or house. You should bring the things that will help you get settled and be comfortable wherever you are planning to live, as you will most likely live there during your first year at EWU!
Due to the size of the sorority community and limited space in chapter houses, very few freshmen/new members live in sorority houses. The greatest part about this living arrangement is that you get to experience both residence hall/apartment living and sorority membership!
That said, all women who are joining a Panhellenic sorority should plan to eventually live in the sorority house for at least one to two years.
What should I wear during the week?
Recruitment days are long and should focus on comfort, as you will be doing a lot of walking, sitting and standing. The attire during recruitment week is casual except for Preference Day (the final decision day) when sundresses are more common. We encourage you to come as you are and be presentable throughout the week. A new wardrobe is not necessary!
What are recommendation letters? Are they required?
Recommendation letters are often written by sorority alumnae on your behalf to provide more insight about you for that alumna’s specific organization. A family friend or relative may write the letter and send it directly to her own chapter. Recommendation letters are not mandatory; chapters will seek out a recommendation letter over the summer if needed.
Questions to Ask During Recruitment
Sorority recruitment is about engaging in good conversations with women throughout the sorority community. Here are some questions you can ask at the chapters throughout recruitment!
- How can I get involved?
- What activities are you/your chapter involved in?
- I am interested in __________. How are you involved in this organization/major or how can I get involved with it on campus?
- What is the time commitment in your chapter?
- What is your favorite sorority memory?
- What are the benefits of being in a sorority?
- What are the benefits of being in your chapter?
- What do you love about being a sorority woman?
- What do you love about being in your chapter?
- What was your freshman year like?
- What GPA am I required to maintain?
- What is your philanthropy?
- What is your live-in requirement?
- What is it like living in?
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