Primary Recruitment

Registration for 2019 Primary Recruitment is now open!

Registration for Primary Recruitment is officially open! Follow the link here to register for Primary Recruitment! Make sure to read all of the information below regarding what Primary Recruitment is, the requirements to participate, the recruitment schedule, and more helpful information! Make sure to also visit our Housing page for information regarding sorority housing! Please email our Vice President for Membership, Brooke Martinez, at if you have any questions or concerns!

Registration will close on Monday, December 31st 2018 at 5PM

What is Primary Recruitment?

Primary Recruitment takes place in the Spring semester! All sororities participate in Primary Recruitment. Recruitment is an eleven 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 Primary Recruitment.

Check out the 2019 Recruitment Booklet! The recruitment booklet provides details on individual chapters, the recruitment schedule, what to wear, and more.

2019 Recruitment Booklet

Requirements to Participate in Recruitment

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

  • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Completed at least 14 credits at a Penn State campus OR 27 transfer credits OR be classified as an adult learner by Penn State
  • Not be subject to any pending or active conduct violations
  • Complete the Sorority and Fraternity Life Informational Quiz
  • Register on ICS Recruiter

Sorority Housing

If you are interested in living in the sorority environment, make sure to request a housing contract in October for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Come and live in a cohesive community that values civic and social responsibility, mutual respect, and the growth and development of organizations and their members. South Residence Halls is home to 19 (soon-to-be 20) Panhellenic chapters. The sorority living environment provides a unique experience in leadership, community planning, and group interactions. Sorority living is located on the South end of University Park’s campus.

Please click here to see more information regarding sorority housing!

Recruitment Schedule

Friday, January 18th in 100 Thomas Building

  • Group 1 at 6:00PM
  • Group 2 at 7:30PM

You will receive an email with which group you are in.

You will go to orientation where you will 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.

Saturday, January 19th (Parties take place between 9:05AM and 10:30PM)
Sunday, January 20th (Parties take place between 10:45AM and 5:40PM)

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 20 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. There will also be various breaks for women throughout the day to eat, do school work, and relax.

Monday, January 21st (Parties take place between 9AM and 10:30PM)
Tuesday, January 22nd (Parties take place between 6PM and 10:30PM)

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.

Wednesday, January 23rd (Parties take place between 6:50PM and 10PM)
Thursday, January 24th (Parties take place between 6:50PM and 10PM)
Friday, January 25th (Parties take place between 6:50PM and 10PM)
Saturday, January 26th (Parties take place between 10AM and 3:40PM)

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.

Sunday, January 27th (Parties take place between 12PM and 9:30PM)

Following Second Rounds is the final night of primary 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 two 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.

Monday, January 28th at 4:30PM

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. Primary 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 a Potential New Member Conflict Form which you can fill out. 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 or recruitment violations (see Recruitment Code of Conduct). 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.

Conflict Form