Primary Recruitment

Primary Recruitment

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What is Primary Recruitment?

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

You must register for recruitment in order to participate. Below you can find a breakdown of the requirements as well as the different rounds that take place during Primary Recruitment.

Requirements to Participate in Recruitment

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

  • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Penn State University Park
  • 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 have conduct probation with a transcript notation at the time of recruitment or intake
  • Not be suspended or expelled at the time of recruitment or intake
  • Register on Campus Director
  • Complete the Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Session on Canvas, including the terms and conditions at the end

2022 Recruitment Schedule

This year recruitment is going to take place in a hybrid format following the schedule below: 

We look forward to your participation in our upcoming Primary Recruitment process! Included below are important dates/times to add to your calendar.

Registration Closes: January 9th, 2022

Potential New Member Orientation: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (you will be assigned to attend 1 out of 3 required sessions)

Panhellenic Preview Round:

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
  • Thursday, January 2o, 2022
  • Friday, January 21, 2022
    • Potential New Members will complete chapter video review and their round reflection individually
    • Pi Chis will host office hours for Potential New Members to make and submit selections for the next round

Values Round:

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9am-6pm
  • Sunday, January 23, 2022, 9am-7pm

Philanthropy Round:

  • Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6pm-9:20pm
  • Friday, January 28, 2022, 6pm-10:50pm
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022, 9am-5:50pm

Preference Round:

  • Sunday, January 30, 2022, 9am-9:30pm

Bid Day:

  • TBD 

Pi Chi Groups

You will be assigned to a Pi Chi group before recruitment begins. 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. In addition, there are five Pi Chi Directors that oversee all of the Pi Chis. Please look to them as a resource as well! During Orientation, you will receive much more detailed information about the recruitment process.

Panhellenic Preview Round

First you will go through Panhellenic Preview rounds of recruitment.

Panhellenic Preview will take place over zoom with your Pi Chi group. Your Pi Chis will guide you through viewing videos created by all 20 sororities for you to learn about each individual chapter. After the last party, you will complete reflections about the sororities you visited. Then you complete selections using a computer program. There will also be various breaks for women throughout the day to eat, do school work, and relax.

Values Round

After Panhellenic Preview, the next day starts the Values Round of recruitment where you will learn more about the sororities’ values and character. You will meet your Pi Chis at a designated time on zoom 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 12 sororities during this round. You must visit all of the sororities on your list. Like after the Panhellenic Preview round, at the conclusion of First Rounds, you will do selections for the sororities that you visited on a computer.

Philanthropy Round

The next day will start the Philanthropy Round. You will again meet your Pi Chis and receive a new schedule with a maximum of 7 sororities to visit. The time of the parties increases and each chapter will inform you of their philanthropic pursuits. You must visit all of the sororities on your schedule. At the end of your last party you will again complete selections based on the sororities you visited. 

Preference Round

Following Philanthropy Rounds is the final part of primary recruitment parties; Preference Round. Dress is a cocktail or semi-formal dress. This is the most special night of recruitment,  as chapters will be 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.

Bid Day

The day after Preference Round is Bid Day. Dress is casual. You will meet your Pi Chi group virtually and receive an envelope with your bid card, or invitation to join a particular sorority. After you open your bid, you will join your new sorority and fellow new members in a virtual setting. 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 which you can fill out, it will open once recruitment begins. 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.

Please email our Vice President for Recruitment, Alycia Fournier, at if you have any questions or concerns after reading! 

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