Sorority recruitment is a great experience!
So you’re interested in participating in sorority
recruitment. That’s great! Here’s a general overview of what to expect and how
Check with the fraternity and sorority life office
to make sure you know how to register for recruitment. There might be a
deadline, and most of the time you’ll have to pay some sort of fee.
You will be assigned to a recruitment group with a
recruitment counselor. Some campuses might call their recruitment counselors
“Rho Gammas” or something similar, but recruitment counselors have the same job
no matter what the title. Your recruitment counselor is like your guide to
recruitment—she can answer any questions you
have about the process, and she is also there to listen to how you feel
about each chapter. Recruitment counselors disaffiliate from their chapters prior
to and during recruitment, so you shouldn’t know what chapter your recruitment
counselor is in. This makes her an unbiased resource for you. She is specially
trained in guiding potential new members through the recruitment process.
The recruitment process includes a number of
rounds, and each round includes a number of events. Rounds are identified by
the theme of the round, i.e. philanthropy, and by the number of events for the
round, i.e. six-event round. Each chapter you visit during a round is an event.
After each day of recruitment, you will meet with your recruitment counselor to
decide how you liked the chapters. You will narrow down the list of chapters
you are interested in at the end of each day.
Each round of recruitment has fewer events, and
with each round, individual events get longer. For example, at the first round,
you may have 45 minutes at each chapter, and during philanthropy round, you may
have an hour. The final round of recruitment is preference. This is the longest
time period you have with the chapters going into your final selections. On a
typical campus, you will attend two or
three events during preference.
Bid Day is the final day of the recruitment
process! There are several scenarios that can take place on Bid Day:
You receive a bid from your top choice chapter.
You receive a bid from one of the chapters listed
on your MRABA.
You do not receive a bid.
You receive a phone call offering you a snap bid.
Obviously, not all of these options are ideal.
However, keep an open mind. You may not think that a chapter is the best fit,
but you may find that it is your home away from home.