Fraternity & Sorority Life

The most common way to join a Panhellenic Association sorority is through the Primary Recruitment process of mutual selection traditionally known as "Rush".   

All of Michigan's National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities participate in the Primary Recruitment Process. The one Associate Member chapter holds its own informal process during the fall and winter semesters.  


The Primary Recruitment Process

Primary Recruitment occurs during the fall semester (see dates below) where women on campus have the chance to explore our chapters. The Panhellenic Preview occurs before recruitment begins to allow women to meet Panhellenic members, ask questions about the community, and learn more about the recruitment process. Those interested in Primary Recruitment must register prior to the advertised deadline and attend Potential New Member (PNM) Orientation as scheduled to receive all necessary information and to prepare for recruitment.” 


Primary Recruitment is comprised of four (4) sets of events:

  • Open House Round allows women to visit all Panhellenic chapters and learn about our Panhellenic  community as a whole. 
  • Philanthropy Round is focused on sharing their philanthropy and service involvement, a fundamental value of sorority life. 
  • Sisterhood Round includes housing tours that give a sense of what it is like to live in a sorority house. Participants will learn about finances, new member programs, and other sorority activities. 
  • Preference Round is a more formal and personal event where members express the meaning of sisterhood and what their sisterhood means to them

As Recruitment progresses, sororities issue invitations and Potential New Members decide where they wish to revisit. At the end of this mutual selection process, sororities extend invitations to join (bids).



Before registering for recruitment, you must first complete the pre-recruitment module. Please click the link below to complete the module and register for recruitment. Once you complete the module you will be directed to the registration form. You will know that you are registered once you pay your $30.00 fee and receive an email confirmation. Please note, in order to participate in formal recruitment, you must complete the module and register by the deadline.


Pre-Recruitment Module


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to register?

Yes, all students must register by the dealine in order to participate.  You do not need to register to attend the Panhellenic Preview.  It is simply to gather information before making a decision.

How do I register?

Registration for 2018 Panhellenic Recruitment will open August 15th. Click here to be directed. You must be registerd by the deadline in order to participate.

Do I need a recommendation?

Recommendations are not required for sorority recruitment. Recommendation forms can usually be found in each sorority's national magazine or on their website.  Should a family member or friend offer to write a recommendation, it should be sent directly to the chapter or follow the directions on the form.  Addresses can be found on our contact list. They should be sent attn: Recruitment Chair and should arrive in late August.

How do I know where to go?

The process and terminology may seem confusing, but you will be assigned recruitment officers, known as Rho Omegas. They are junior or senior sorority members who provide support and knowledge throughout Primary Recruitment.

What should I wear?

Open House Round: Casual
Philanthropy Round: Dressy Casual
Sisterhood Round: Dressy Casual
Preference Round: Dressier; cocktail dress but not formal evening wear

What does it cost to join a sorority?

The financial and housing obligations associated with Panhellenic sorority membership are important to understand.  First year expenses tend to be higher because of one-time fees, some of which are paid directly to the national/international organizations.   Chapter dues may include all or only certain social activities.  Room and board generally includes meals, utilities, housekeeping services, parking and maintenance costs.

Average first year fees: $1,890

Average room and board fee:  $10,039

Average fees after first year: $810-$1,375.00

View financial information for each chapter.

What if I have class or another conflict and need to miss a Recruitment Event?

It is sometimes necessary that Potential New Members miss events for legitimate reasons such as class, a family wedding, UM Band, or University athletics. If you must miss an event, it is important that you register your conflict at the Invitation Ranking prior to the set you will miss. For instance, if you have a class during Philanthopy Round, you will fill out a conflict sheet after Open  House Round. If you register a conflict with Panhel, chapters whose events you miss may invite you to the next set of events. However, depending on how many women have conflicts for a given set of events, sororities are not obligated to issue invitations to women with conflicts. If you register your conflict prior to scheduling of the next set of events, Panhel will be able to get you to your “favorite” chapters at the times you are available. If you do not register a class conflict, become, ill or an emergency occurs, please call the Fraternity & Sorority Life immediately. Potential New Members should not miss class due to Recruitment.

How do I learn about the new NPC sorority coming in 2018?

NPC sororities join a local Panhellenic Association through a process called Extension.  The Extension Process occurs after Formal Recruitment and usually includes informational sessions, interviews, and formal events.  Please contact Fraernity & Sorority Life for more details.

Do any chapters hold Winter Recruitment?

A limited number of sororities may hold informal events during the Winter Semester. It is important to understand that only eligible chapters may hold events during the Winter semester and that it is possible that no chapters will be holding events. 



2018 calendar

September 12 - Panhellenic Preview 6-8pm (Michigan League)

September 20  - PNM Orientation - as assigned

September 21 and 23 - Open House Round

September 24, 25 and 26 - Philanthropy Round

September 27 and 28 - Sisterhood Round

September 29 – Preference Event

September 30- Bid Day

Click here for the calender with more details.


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