PC Recruitment


2016 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 $50 and will be available Monday, September 14 through Friday, December 4. After that date registration is available until Tuesday, January 5 at 5 p.m. CST but will incur a late fee of $20.


2016 Recruitment Schedule

  • Panhellenic Recruitment Preview Day, LBC Kendall Cram Room, November 15, 12 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.

  • Thursday, January 7: Residence Halls Open Early for Recruitment Participants, 5 p.m.
    Current sorority women and 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.

  • Friday January 8: 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 in late December. All PNMs should be on campus by noon in case they are assigned to an early Kickoff session.

  • Saturday, January 9: 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.

    Note: There are frequent breaks throughout the day, and Panhellenic sets up both quiet space for those who want to study and space to watch movies/TV for those who prefer to relax.

  • Sunday, January 10: 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.

  • Saturday, January 16: 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.

  • Sunday, January 17: Preference Round, All Day
    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.

  • Monday, January 18: Bid Day, 4 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. Please note: Students who wish to participate in the MLK Day of Service will be back to campus in time for Bid Day.


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. Recommendations can help but are in no way required for membership into the sororities and in no way does a recommendation guarantee a bid from any sorority. All recommendations should be mailed directly to the individual sorority house, these are the addresses (all located in: New Orleans, LA 70118):

Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi)
c/o Office of Fraternity & Sorority Programs
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue

Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi)
Suspended for 2015-16 year, not recruiting

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


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. Fraternities and the National Pan-Hellenic groups admit members they feel are a good fit, whether it be one new member or one hundred new members. Panhellenic sororities are permitted a specific number of women they may ultimately offer bids, as set by the Panhellenic Council. 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 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 Panhellenic Senior Vice President of Recruitment 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 3.433. Women 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.)?
All issues with GPAs or credit hours must be reconciled, with documentation provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, by Tuesday, January 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. central time.

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.


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