What is primary recruitment?
Primary Recruitment is a structured mutual selection process that allows a Potential New Member (PNM) to explore all of our Panhellenic chapters.
When is primary recruitment?
Starting in the 2019/2020 academic year primary recruitment will be held in January.
Do I have to register?
Yes, all students must register by the deadline 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 2021 Panhellenic Primary Recruitment will open in Fall 2020. You must be registered 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 November.
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 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 Philanthropy 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 do not register a class conflict, become, ill or an emergency occurs, please call the Fraternity & Sorority Life office immediately. Potential New Members should not miss class due to Recruitment.
What Should I wear?
Need outfit inspiration? Check out the Panhel Pinterest boards! Remember, recruitment is about being comfortable and confident in anything you choose to wear.
Continuous Open Bidding
How do I participate in COB?
Those interested should fill out the COB Interest Form. After this form is completed, PNMs and chapters will be given more information on COB.
Who is eligible for COB?
All female University of Michigan students are eligible to participate in COB contingent on (1) they meet the eligibility requirements outlined by the university, (2) they have never been initiated into any National Panhellenic Conference sorority, (3) during primary (formal) recruitment in the fall of 2018 they did not sign the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and/or depledge from a National Panhellenic Conference sorority.
Which chapters are eligible for COB?
Each year the chapters eligible for COB change depending on their chapter quota and/or the Panhellenic Association’s total. Only some of the chapters who are eligible for COB will choose to participate. Upon the completion of the Continuous Open Bidding Interest Form, individuals will be contacted with information on participating chapters.
When does COB start and end?
For Winter 2020, COB starts after the conclusion of primary recruitment. Eligible chapters can continue COB through the duration of the winter semester.
How many women will receive bids through COB?
Due to COB being an optional and informal process, this number is not predetermined and fluctuates which each term and chapter.
Do I need a recommendation?
Recommendations are not required for COB. Recommendation forms can be found on each sorority’s national website. If a family member or friend wishes to submit a recommendation, please send it directly to the chapter.
What should I wear?
Due to COB being an informal process, individuals are encouraged to contact each chapter individually to ask what attire is appropriate for their events.
How does the bid process work for COB?
Each chapter will be responsible for issuing bids to PNMs. After an offer is made, the individual must complete a MRABA. The respective chapter will be billed the $30 new member fee (paid for by the new member).
Is everyone who participates in COB guaranteed a bid?
As COB is an informal process, participation does not guarantee that a PNM will be contacted by a chapter and does not guarantee the issue of a bid.
What are the fees for participating in COB?
There is no fee for participating in COB. If a PNM receives a bid and signs a MRABA, the respective chapter will be billed a $30 fee paid for by the new member. It is encouraged that prior to joining a chapter, those interested refer to Panhellenic’s financial information and ask chapters about costs of membership.
Do any chapters hold Fall Recruitment?
A limited number of sororities may hold informal events during the Fall Semester. It is important to understand that only eligible chapters may hold events during the Fall semester and that it is possible that no chapters will be holding events.