What to Expect During Sorority Recruitment
We are thrilled that you are interested in joining a Panhellenic sorority at the University of Northern Iowa! Joining a Panhellenic organization is one of the most important decisions that you will make during your undergraduate years. Being a member of a Panhellenic sorority is a lifetime commitment, and we are happy you have chosen to look further into this opportunity.
Formal Sorority Recruitment:
This is the most common way to join a Panhellenic organization. Held each fall during the first weeks of classes, potiential members will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek into all Panhellenic organizations at UNI. If you are interested in joining a Panhellenic organization, we recommend that you participate in Formal Recruitment, as many chapters will reach their capacity during this process.
Recruitment is a series of events over fours days, coordinated by the Panhellenic Council Recruitment Team, where the chapters get to know you, and you get to know the women of each chapter. Panhellenic sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process that is filled with activities designed to offer prospective members the chance to learn about the Panhellenic sororities in a concentrated period of time. It is an opportunity for students to meet the sorority members, ask questions, and define financial obligations, time commitments, and membership requirements. Whether or not you decide to join a Panhellenic sorority, recruitment is a great way to meet people and get acquainted with life at UNI.
Recruitment Tips to Remember:
- Recruitment is a busy time! Please remember to take time for yourself during this process.
- It might be easy to get the four chapters confused, so jot down some notes on the pages provided in your Recruitment Guide Book to help organize your thoughts.
- Your Rho Gamma is ALWAYS here for you and wants to make sure you have the best experience possible. She welcomes any questions and concerns you may have about the recruitment process and being Greek. Feel free to talk to her at any time if you need (or want) her advice.
- Approach recruitment with a positive attitude! Each chapter wants to get to know you as much as you want to get to know them. Just remember to be yourself!
- Keep an open mind when you are visiting the chapters. This will give you the opportunity to look objectively at each chapter and what it has to offer.
- Make the decision that is right for you! It is easy to listen to friends, relatives, or other recruitment guests; however, their opinion is just that, an opinion. Recruitment is a time for you to explore each chapter and make the decision as to which chapter fits YOU best. Choose the sorority that you feel most comfortable with, one that can meet your needs, and one to which you could most actively contribute.
- Have FUN and take this time to meet new people!
Glossary of Greek Terms:
Active Member - an initiated member of a sorority
Alumna - a member that has graduated from her chapter
Bid - an invitation to membership in a chapter
Greek - a term applied to members affiliated with a Greek-letters organization
Initiation - the ceremony in which a new member becomes an active member
Legacy - the daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, of an initiated member
NPC - National Panhellenic Conference, body of delegates from the 26 national sororities. (There are 4 at UNI)
New Member - a member of a sorority who is not yet initiated
Panhellenic - the governing council of sororities at UNI
Philanthropy - an active effort to promote human welfare
Ritual - the expression of values and principals upon which the sorority was founded
Quota - number of women a sorority may offer bids to during formal recruitment
Recruitment Guest - an under-graduate women who is taking part in the recruitment process
Sister - sorority women often refer to their sorority sisters as just "sister" or may introduce each other to a potential new member as "this is my sister." These women are not necessarily biological sisters.
Sorority - a Greek-letter sisterhood