Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
At the University of Louisville, our Panhellenic sororities coordinate one primary recruitment process each year, which occurs the first weekend after classes start. Fall 2020 recruitment is scheduled to take place August 20th through August 23rd. Any of the information on this page is subject to change based on recommendations from the University of Louisville and Governor Beshear related to the coronavirus pandemic.
You can register for recruitment here beginning May 1st.
Primary Recruitment is a process coordinated by the College Panhellenic Council (CPH) that occurs each fall and is the best way to meet all eight National Panhellenic Sororities at UofL. As a new or returning student, primary recruitment allows you to get connected on campus and form a network of close friends within just a few days.
Women that register for recruitment are placed in small groups with fellow students participating in the recruitment process. Each small group has two Panhellenic Recruitment Ambassadors or “PRAs” that serve as mentors and provide guidance to women in their group. The recruitment process allows women to create bonds and find a support system during the first few weeks of classes.
Registration for recruitment will open on May 1st and closes at 11:59pm on August 17th. The registration form is an opportunity for you to tell each chapter a bit about yourself before the recruitment process starts. Here are the things you'll want to prepare prior to registering for recruitment: a high quality photo that clearly shows your face; your high school GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, as applicable; information about your involvement in high school and college (if applicable), including clubs, sports, jobs, volunteer service, awards, scholarships, and any recognition you received. You will be able to update many of the fields on the registration form throughout the summer.
There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee that is required to participate in recruitment. However, this fee will not be requested until later in the summer. This fee includes your recruitment t-shirt, one meal, and snacks throughout the weekend. You can pay this online with a credit or debit card, or send a check to:
2100 S Floyd St
Louisville, KY 40292
Fall 2020 Recruitment Schedule
Potential New Member (PNM) Orientation: Wednesday, August 19th
All PNMs will attend the PNM Orientation with their Panhellenic Recruitment Ambassador (PRA) group! Orientation is where you will receive an overview of the recruitment process and learn about the expectations of recruitment. This is a time where the Recruitment Staff and PRAs are available to answer any question you have pertaining to the recruitment process. Here you will meet your PRA and fellow PNMs!
Round One: Thursday, August 20th & Friday, August 21st
Round one, or “open house” historically, is the first opportunity PNMs have to meet the eight participating chapters. For Round One, you will be provided with one t-shirt for the two days and will visit all 8 chapters. Round One events last 30 minutes and are designed to familiarize you with each chapter. On the final day of Open House rounds, you will meet with your PRA to fill out your preferences for the next round of recruitment. The dress for Round One is casual. You will be provided with a t-shirt that you will wear both days! We recommend wearing comfortable shoes (sneakers, sandals, etc.) and casual shorts or a skirt with your t-shirt.
Round Two: Saturday, August 22nd
Round Two is the beginning of the invitational rounds. You will have the opportunity to visit a maximum of 5 chapters. These rounds last 45 minutes and are focused on the chapters’ philanthropies and community service initiatives, and share a glimpse of their sisterhood. Chapters will also share an outline of their financial obligations. At the end of the day, you will meet with your PRA to fill out your preferences for the next round of recruitment. The dress for Round Two is still very casual. We recommend wearing shorts or a skirt with a top, or a casual sundress.
Preference: Sunday, August 23rd
Preference is the final round of primary recruitment where you will return to a maximum of two chapters. Chapters will hold a Preference Ceremony that give special insight into the chapter and their purpose. At the end of the day, you will complete the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and prioritize the chapter(s) you visited. Given the nature of the preference ceremonies, you will want to wear banquet attire on this day. Think of something you would have worn at the end of your senior year to a scholarship banquet or awards ceremony, such as slacks and a blouse or a dress.
Bid Day: Sunday, August 23rd
On Sunday evening you will find out which chapter you have been invited to join! You will attend a final recruitment ceremony where all PNMs will open their bid cards. You will then meet your new sisters in the Natural Sciences yard and continue your Bid Day celebration with your new chapter! The dress for Bid Day is casual. We recommend wearing shorts and a tank top to Bid Day, as each new member will get a new t-shirt when they arrive at their chapter!
Panhellenic Recruitment Ambassadors (PRAs)
A Panhellenic Recruitment Ambassador (also known as a PRA) is a woman who is a member of a sorority and has disaffiliated from her chapter in order to facilitate the recruitment experience for potential new members. A recruitment ambassador provides support, friendship, and personal guidance to women going through the recruitment process. A PRAs’ primary responsibility is to help potential new members have a positive recruitment experience and solve any problems a potential new member might encounter. You will find out who your PRA is in late July.
Check out our instagram @LouisvillePanhellenic to meet this year’s Panhellenic Recruitment Ambassadors!
Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions about recruitment. If you have a question that is not included below, please contact Emma Lawson, Vice President of Recruitment, at email@example.com.
Do I have to attend all events during primary recruitment?
Yes, it is extremely important that you attend all events on your schedule. This gives you the opportunity to keep your options open and connect with more women. Sometimes students participating in the process have academic conflicts or extenuating circumstances that may prevent them from attending all events. You will be asked to report any academic conflicts prior to recruitment so that your schedule can be appropriate adjusted.
What if I only want to be in a certain sorority?
Only wanting to be a member of one specific sorority or only considering a few sororities can severely limit your options for membership and can lead to disappointment. In order to make the most of your experience and time at UofL, don’t limit your options based on stereotypes or other people’s opinions. All eight sororities offer an unparalleled experience no other organizations can match.
What if I go through recruitment and decide sorority life is not for me?
You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in the recruitment process. You are encouraged to participate in recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about Panhellenic sorority life and meet new friends.
Is there a GPA requirement?
The College Panhellenic Council does not require a minimum GPA to participate in the recruitment process. However, each chapter has a minimum GPA to join. Here is a GPA guide to help you determine what to expect throughout the recruitment process based on your GPA:
- 3.0+ GPA - Your options are likely no limited based on your GPA.
- 2.8-2.99 - Your options are more likely to be limited based on your GPA.
- 2.79 and below - Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA.
How much does is cost to be in a sorority?
Each chapter has a different cost and dues structure. The chapters you visit during Round Two of recruitment will give you a detailed outline of their financial obligations and answer any questions you may have. Come to this round prepared with any questions you may have, such as, "Does this chapter offer payment plans?" or "How many scholarships are offered to members in need?" Prior to recruitment, we recommend determining the amount of money you feel comfortable paying each year for chapter dues.
What should I wear for recruitment?
There is no right or wrong outfit to wear during recruitment. You should wear what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and the most like you! However, as each round progresses, our outfit recommendations become more formal. We've included suggestions for what to wear on each day of recruitment in the schedule above.
Do I need a letter of recommendation?
A letter of recommendation is written by someone who is an alumna of a Panhellenic chapter in support of a woman participating in the recruitment process. While you may hear that other schools require letters of recommendation, the University of Louisville does not require letters of recommendation for recruitment. Our women want to know all of the unique personality traits and values that make you who you are, and no letter can tell them that. If you do or do not have a recommendation letter, it will not be held against you in any way!
If you have a close family friend who would like to recommend you for membership in their sorority, please have them refer to their inter/national organization website. Each inter/national organization provides an online submission form to ensure that recommendations reach each chapter in a timely and efficient manner. We recommend that all letters of recommendation are submitted by August 1st.
Can I only join a sorority during fall primary recruitment?
While we strongly recommend that you participate in fall primary recruitment so that you can meet all eight NPC chapters, some of our sororities have the opportunity to recruit throughout the academic year. This is referred to as Continuous Open Bidding (COB). The week after Bid Day, half our the chapters will be able to accept new members and will likely post about their COB events on their social media pages. This process continues throughout the year, but fall primary recruitment is the only time that all eight NPC sororities are accepting new members.