Formal Recruitment

Registration for Formal Recruitment closes December 31st!
Click here to register for Panhellenic Formal Recruitment.


What is Formal Recruitment?

Formal Recruitment takes place in the Spring semester and is the primary form of recruitment. All sororities participate in Formal recruitment. Recruitment is a ten day process that helps place each Potential New Member in the sorority that’s her best match. There are designated times and schedules that govern this process. You must register for recruitment in order to participate. Below you can find a breakdown of the requirements to go through recruitment as well as the different rounds that take place during Formal Recruitment.

Check out the 2017 Recruitment Booklet! The recruitment booklet provides details on individual chapters, the recruitment schedule, what to wear, and more.

2017 Recruitment Booklet

What are the Requirements to Participate in Recruitment?

In order to participate in recruitment you must fulfill the following requirements:

What is the Recruitment Schedule Like?

Orientation (Friday, January 12th)
You will go to orientation where you will get your recruitment t-shirt and meet your Pi Chi group. A Pi Chi group is a group of other potential new members that you will go through recruitment with. Each group is led by three recruitment counselors, called “Pi Chis” (hence the name, Pi Chi group). These leaders are current Penn State sorority members that are there throughout the entire recruitment period to offer unbiased guidance and help you through the process. During Orientation, you will receive much more detailed information about the recruitment process.

Open Houses (January 13th-14th)
The following day will start the Open House rounds of recruitment. Open Houses will be in the sorority suites in South Halls, where your Pi Chi group will visit all 19 sororities and meet members from each. You must visit all of the sororities. Your Pi Chis will lead you to each sorority’s suite during this round, however in the next rounds of recruitment, you will be responsible for finding each sorority’s suite on your own. After the last Open House party, you will rank the sororities using a computer program to submit your preferences.

First Rounds (January 15th-16th)
After Open Houses end, the next day starts First Rounds of recruitment where sororities will inform you of their philanthropic pursuits. You will meet your Pi Chis at a designated location on campus to receive your schedule for the day, however you will be responsible for attending each party on your own. You can visit a maximum of 14 sororities during this round. You must visit all of the sororities on your list. First Round parties are slightly longer than the Open House parties. Like after the Open House round, at the conclusion of First Rounds, you will once again rank the sororities that you visited on a computer in your order of preference.

Second Rounds (January 17th-20th)
The next day will start Second Rounds. You will again meet your Pi Chis and receive a new schedule with a maximum of eight sororities to visit. The time of the parties increases and each chapter will show a short documentary about their sisterhood for you. You must visit all of the sororities on your schedule. At the end of your last party you will again rank your sororities in order of preference.

Preference Night (January 21st)
Following Second Rounds is the final night of formal recruitment parties; Preference Night. Dress is a cocktail or semi-formal dress. This is the most special night of recruitment, with chapters transforming their suites into beautifully decorated rooms, serving special food and drinks, and sharing a glimpse of their unique ritual with you. You will visit a maximum of three sororities and spend 50 minutes with each. After your last party, you will rank the sororities that you visited in order of preference, with your number one choice being the chapter you wish to join.

Bid Day (January 22nd)
The day after Preference Night is Bid Day. Dress is casual. You will meet your Pi Chi group and receive an envelope with your bid card, or invitation to join a particular sorority, sealed inside. Your group will gather with the other Pi Chi groups to open the envelopes and discover which sorority has offered you an invitation for membership. After you open your bid, you will join your new sorority and fellow new members and then walk to the sorority’s suite for pictures, food, and fun. Formal Recruitment is officially over – it’s time to relax and enjoy time with your new sisters!

If you are unable to attend some of recruitment because of class, there is an excuse form which you will fill out during orientation and you will be exempt from participation during the time you have class. However, if an event is missed without an excuse, you will not be able to participate in the rest of recruitment and may not be able to join a sorority, so plan ahead of time!

Recruitment is a long process, but is fun and rewarding! You will meet lots of new people and meet your potential new sisters! More information will be given at Orientation about what to expect and how to go through recruitment.

Helpful Links


Statement of Concern

Please use this form to anonymously submit any concerns you have regarding recruitment. This includes during pre-recruitment, recruitment parties, or anything else. This form is for potential new members, Pi Chis, chapter members and chapter advisers. Once we receive your concerns we will address them immediately.

Statement of Concern


Potential New Member Conflict Form

If you have a conflict with any part of recruitment, please fill out the Potential New Member Conflict Form below.

Potential New Member Conflict Form