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2017 Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

Panhellenic Recruitment is a four-round mutual selection process that takes place in the spring semester. During recruitment potential members meet all sororities and make daily selections about which groups they hope to visit again. Likewise, after each round the sororities extend invitations to the potential members they are most interested in.

Potential new members (PNMs) must register online for recruitment. Early registration costs $70 and will be available Monday, September 19 through Friday, December 9, 2016. After that date registration is available until Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. CST but will incur a late fee of $20. No registrations will be accepted after this time.


2017 Recruitment Schedule

  • Panhellenic Recruitment Preview Day, LBC Kendall Cram Room, November 13, 2 p.m.
    Attire: Casual
    PNMs will learn how the Recruitment process works and visit each sorority house for a mock round of Recruitment events. This event is NOT required.

  • Monday, January 9: Residence Halls Open Early for Recruitment Participants, 5 p.m.
    PNMs registered for recruitment may move into their residence hall rooms beginning at this time. The Housing and Residence Life staff will not be available to check students in earlier, so please plan your arrival to campus accordingly. Please note: There is an $80 fee for moving into your room early for recruitment, which will be charged to your Accounts Receivable once your recruitment registration is complete.

  • Tuesday, January 10: Recruitment Kickoff, 12-6 p.m., session based on Recruitment Group
    Attire: Casual
    PNMs will meet the Panhellenic Recruitment Staff, Recruitment Counselors, and other members of their Recruitment Group. We will review the schedule, process, appropriate attire, etc., and answer any questions PNMs may have. PNMs will be assigned to a session based on their Recruitment Group, which will be emailed by January 6. All PNMs should be on campus by noon in case they are assigned to an early Kickoff session.

  • Wednesday, January 11: Open House Round, All Day
    Attire: Business casual (skirt or nice pants, nice top or sweater, boots/flats)
    PNMs will visit each house for 30 minutes to meet the members of each chapter. This is a long day so we STRONGLY encourage you to wear comfortable shoes.

  • Thursday, January 12: Philanthropy Round, All Day
    Attire: Recruitment t-shirt (distributed at Kickoff), jeans/leggings, boots/flats
    PNMs will visit a maximum of six chapters to learn about their national and local philanthropic projects and their commitment to community service.

  • Friday, January 13: Sisterhood Round, All Day
    Attire: Business formal (casual dress or dressy skirt/pants and top, dress shoes)
    PNMs will visit a maximum of four chapters to learn more about what it means to be a member, conveyed by photo slide shows highlighting their sisterhood and various activities.

  • Saturday, January 14: Preference Round, Afternoon
    Attire: Cocktail (dress, heels)
    PNMs will visit a maximum of two chapters during this final round. This round is the most serious of the events. During this round you will be part of traditions and rituals that represent the chapters. Preference focuses on what you will gain out of joining a sorority as well as the connections you have made thus far.

  • Sunday, January 15: Bid Day, 12 p.m.
    Attire: Casual (jeans and lightweight top; PNMs will receive a t-shirt from their new sorority)
    New sorority members join their sisters for an evening of fun and sisterhood. 


FAQs for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

What are recommendations? Do we need them?
You may know someone who is a member/alumna member of one of the eight Panhellenic sororities. It's a good idea to ask them to write a recommendation on your behalf. Similar to a reference letter for a job, recommendations are forms that members of each sorority can submit on your behalf if they feel you are a strong fit for the organization. Forms for recommendations can be found on the inter/national headquarters website for each sorority; the member who writes this letter on your behalf will know where to find a copy. Recommendations can benefit you because they give the sororities more information about your character, interests, and achievements beyond what they may learn about you during recruitment alone. In no way does a recommendation guarantee a bid from any sorority. All recommendations should be mailed directly to the individual sorority; these are the addresses (all located in: New Orleans, LA 70118):

Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi)
c/o Office of Fraternity & Sorority Programs

Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi)
1134 Broadway Street

Kappa Kappa Gamma (Kappa)
1033 Audubon Street

Phi Mu
7220 Zimple Street

Chi Omega (Chi O)
1029 Broadway Street

Pi Beta Phi (Pi Phi)
7014 Zimple Street

Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta)
928 Broadway Street

Sigma Delta Tau (SDT)
1013 Broadway Street

We previously announced that Kappa Kappa Gamma is requiring recommendations. Since that time, we have received further clarification from their national organization on this policy. If you have a relationship with a Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna, it is recommended that you ask that alumna to inform the chapter of their relationship with you by providing an introduction via the organization's recommendation process. If you do not have a relationship with an alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma and do not have a recommendation provided to the chapter on your behalf, this will NOT prevent membership within their organization.

How many members can each sorority take each spring?
Unlike all of the other Greek organizations on campus, the Panhellenic sororities are limited to a certain number of members they may admit to their sorority each year. IFC fraternities and the multi-cultural groups admit members they feel are a good fit, whether it be one new member or one hundred new members. However Panhellenic sororities are permitted a specific number of women they may ultimately offer bids, as set during the final round of recruitment by a specialist from the National Panhellenic Conference. This number changes from year to year because it is calculated based on the number of women who go through the formal recruitment process. It is determined in a way that offers the most women the opportunity to join a sorority. Some sororities may also be eligible to hold an informal recruitment, called Continuous Open Recruitment (COR). If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall, you may contact the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Programs to find out which groups will hold recruitment for the upcoming fall. If you did not receive a bid in the spring after recruitment or did not participate in recruitment, you may also contact her to learn if any groups will take a few additional members for that spring.

Do you make exceptions to the requirements to go through recruitment?
No. Our Panhellenic chapters have a strong commitment to academic achievement; the all-Panhellenic GPA is currently 3.463. Potential members should display a similar commitment and prioritize their academic responsibilities before seeking sorority membership. Likewise, our fraternities and sororities expect members to hold themselves to higher standards of personal behavior than the average student might. Therefore students who are not in good disciplinary standing with the university are not eligible to join these organizations.

What if I am trying to resolve an issue with a grade in a course (make-up exam, received an incomplete, petitioning to have a grade changed, etc.)?
Any issues with GPAs or credit hours that affect your eligibility to go through recruitment must be reconciled, with documentation provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, by Friday, January 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. central time. Issues that will not affect your eligibility to participate or change your GPA significantly (i.e., a grade change that moves your GPA from a 3.15 to a 3.36) do not need to be resolved before recruitment.

I have another obligation (family event, sports team competition, etc.) and need to miss one of the days. May I still participate in recruitment?
Yes, the recruitment staff can excuse absences due to special circumstances. However it is important to note that sororities only have a limited amount of time to meet potential new members during recruitment, so missing events can limit your options and ability to join a sorority.

I missed the registration deadline; can I still register?
No. Fraternity and Sorority Programs sends periodic reminders about recruitment registration to all first-year women via their Tulane email addresses. We set the registration deadline for the latest possible time that will still allow our staff to verify your eligibility to participate and for the sororities to view your information before recruitment begins.

How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
The first semester of membership is generally the most expensive, because there are one-time new member, initiation, and badge fees. Costs in the first semester average $900-$1200. Thereafter they range from $600 to $800 per semester.

Why is there a fee for moving into the residence halls for recruitment?
Yes. The residence halls do not open until Sunday, January 15 for students who are not participating in recruitment. The $80 fee for moving in early will cover increased operations and staff costs during that period. This fee is not refundable.

Will Dining Services be available for recruitment participants?
Yes. We have worked with Dining Services to provide a special meal plan for women participating in recruitment. There is $100 fee for this plan, which covers eleven (11) meals and will be charged to your Accounts Receivable once your recruitment registration is complete. The specialized schedule of meals will be distributed to all recruitment registrants in early January. This fee is not refundable.


Panhellenic Recruitment Rules

These rules govern all the participants in Panhellenic Recruitment. They are reviewed each spring, and changes are adopted by the Panhellenic Council. For questions or clarifications of rules, please contact Julia Hankins, the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Programs and Panhellenic Council Advisor.

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188