Sorority recruitment is a mutual selection
process. Potential new members (PNMs) attend recruitment events over a
three-day period. At the conclusion of each day, the sororities will
extend invitations to PNMs to their next event. Each sorority is asked
to narrow down their list of women. When potential new members receive
their invitations to the next events, they are asked to narrow down the
list of chapters they can attend as well. On the last day, PNMs can
attend a maximum of two events. At the conclusion of those events, they
"preference" the chapters they would like to join. The sororities also
preference the women they would like to join. Finally, a computer
matches up the sorority chapter and PNM list. On Bid Day, potential new
members find out what chapter they have been matched with - each sorority
has a special event to celebrate their new members.
Is there anyone who will help me throughout the week?
Your Recruitment Counselors, or Pi Chis, will help you throughout the
week in knowing where to go and what to expect. She will also serve as
an advisor and confidante if you have any questions or concerns about
the recruitment process. Your Recruitment Counselor will be responsible
for a recruitment group composed of other girls on your floor who are
also participating in recruitment. These groups are an excellent way to
meet and bond with your new neighbors and find support in your first
week at UNK!
What is suggested attire for recruitment week?
Check out the pictures and descriptions located on our Pinterest
page, Formal Sorority Recruitment 2013. Remember, the days are going to
be long and hot! Your main concern should be comfort as you will be
doing a great deal of walking and standing in the sun. The most
important thing during recruitment is for you to be yourself, as chapter
women want to know you as an individual.
I have a scheduling conflict during recruitment week. Can I still participate?
The Office of Greek Affairs will work with any woman who has a campus
related conflict such as marching band practice, spirit squad training,
or any of the varsity athletic teams. We do not make special
accommodations for work conflicts. If you have any questions regarding
this policy, please contact the Office of Greek Affairs as soon as
possible (308.865.8057); no later than September 1st please.
Nobody from my hometown is coming through recruitment. Help!
Take advantage of the endless opportunities to meet new people during
Formal Sorority Recruitment week. College is a time for branching out
and creating new friendships. The essence of sorority recruitment is
friendship. Your Recruitment Counselors will guide you through the
process and help you meet other women in your residence halls, and other
women across campus that are also attending recruitment week. These
women are disaffiliated from their sorority here at UNK and their job is
to help you get adjusted to UNK, make new connections and have fun!
Remember that she is there to help you through this exciting week - so
lean on her and don't be afraid to ask her lots of questions!
How do I choose between sororities?
Each sorority at UNK shares
common goals and values - yet each chapter has their own character and
personality. Making decisions can be difficult and a very common
dilemma. However, keep in mind that your sorority will become your home
away from home, a place where you feel comfortable and welcome. Your
intuition, experiences at each event, and personal goals and desires
should guide you in your decision making. It might also help to look at
each of their individual websites - these include Alpha Omicron Pi
, Alpha Phi
, Alpha Xi Delta
, and Gamma Phi Beta
I'm a Legacy. Does that mean I'm guaranteed a spot in that sorority?
Not necessarily. You are considered a legacy if your grandmother, mother or sister
was in a sorority, and each chapter has its own policy regarding
legacies. Some chapters may have enough legacies going through
recruitment to fill an entire pledge class, but of course there are
other factors to consider in the recruitment process, including your
application and connection to the women in the chapter. Being a legacy
to a chapter is helpful, but will not automatically guarantee you a
place in that chapter.
What information should I include in my application?
The online application is important for chapters to extend invitations
for the first round of recruitment events, so be sure to fill out your
application completely and honestly. Space is included on the
application for you to list your high school involvement. To market
yourself best, try to fill all the limited space if possible and avoid
using acronyms. For example, write out “National Honor Society” instead
of simply writing “NHS.” Be sure to include:
• High school clubs and activities such as cheerleading, marching band, Student Council, Spanish Club, etc.
• Academic honors and awards including scholarships, National Honor Society, and other recognitions.
• Community activities (at your church, community centers, etc.).
• Volunteer work, philanthropic activity, and community service.
• Part-time jobs.
• Length of time you participated in each activity.
please limit your responses to the lines provided, and do not include
an additional resume or photo with your application. Any such additional
materials will be discarded by the Office of Greek Affairs.
How do letters of recommendation work, and where should I send them? Do I need one for each chapter?
Letters of recommendation from sorority alumnae, teachers, and
professional references are helpful in the recruitment process but not
necessary. Each chapter has its own policy regarding these letters. Many
chapters find them helpful in learning information about you that may
not be evident from your application. However, personal contact at each
chapter during sorority recruitment is
the best way for sorority members to get to know you. If you find an
alumna of a certain sorority who is willing to write one for you, she
should fill out the form and mail it directly to the Office of Greek
Affairs. Mailing addresses can be found under the Contact Us
alumnae play a role in the recruitment and growth of each chapter by
recommending potential new members to the sororities. A letter of
reference provides information on the candidate's qualities that make
her compatible with the sorority's core values and illustrates the
contributions she may offer to the sorority. You are encouraged to visit
each chapter's (inter)national website to see if they have a letter of
recommendation form that may be completed by an alumna.
What if I get sick?
There is always a possibility that a potential new member may become ill
or have something happen to limit her participation in recruitment.
Whatever the situation, don’t worry. Alert your Recruitment Counselor,
and she will work with you to make other accommodations. The individual
chapters are very understanding and will make the appropriate exceptions
in these cases. To prevent illness, we recommend you eat before
starting the day, and feel free to ask for water or a drink when you are
thirsty. Also, remember that the days are long, so get plenty of rest.
Fairness and Unbiased Policy:
Contact during summer
Please be aware that according to the National Panhellenic Conference Recruitment Rules, it is not allowed
for an active, alumna, or chapter to contact you prior to or during the
recruitment process. Inappropriate contact include lunches, letters,
phone calls, or any communication through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter,
emails, instant messaging, etc. These guidelines are not intended to
annul friendships or social relationships that existed prior to formal
recruitment. Normal social contact may continue prior to recruitment as
long as there is no intent to influence a potential new member toward a
specific chapter, promise a pledge, or divulge specific chapter
recruitment information. Normal social contact is defined as co-workers,
roommates, family members, neighbors, and close friends.
Contact during formal sorority recruitment
It is possible that during recruitment you may hear
rumors about certain chapters or individual chapter members. Speaking
unfavorably of a chapter, chapter member, or another potential new
member could result in influencing someone’s recruitment experience and
possibly hurting someone’s feelings. Your concern as a potential new
member should be learning about those chapters in which you are most
interested. If you encounter any negative comments or behavior from
active members or other potential new members, do not hesitate to report
it. Questions and concerns should be directed to your Recruitment
Counselor, the Panhellenic Vice President of External Recruitment or the
Assistant Director for Greek Affairs.