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What to Expect From Recruitment

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

When a college student decides to participate in sorority recruitment, she often has many questions about the process, such as:

What is Panhellenic, and what does it have to do with recruitment?
Panhellenic means “all Greek.” The National Panhellenic Conference, or NPC, is an umbrella organization for 26 autonomous sororities and women’s fraternities. Each NPC member organization is composed of collegians and alumnae, with collegiate members represented on more than 670 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada. Each College Panhellenic Council oversees the activities its chapters have in common, including recruitment.

Why should I join a sorority?
NPC organizations emphasize values, academics, leadership development and community service. Look for the best fit for you using these aspects as guidelines.

What questions should I ask?
Ask about your financial responsibilities and the expectations of membership, such as time commitments. Recruitment is a mutual selection process, and there is usually more than one NPC organization that will meet your needs. Keep an open mind throughout recruitment so the best match can be made.

Do I have to have a recommendation to pledge a sorority?
Each NPC organization has its own policy regarding references and recommendations for potential new members. For more information, look here.

What is a legacy?
Many women who enter recruitment are legacies. A legacy is usually defined as a daughter, sister or granddaughter of an alumna or collegiate member of an NPC sorority. Some NPC organizations might honor other relations besides those mentioned.

What do I wear?
The College Panhellenic Council typically provides guidelines for dress during a more “formal” recruitment. If none are given, wear well-fitting clothing, a bright smile and a positive attitude. Above all, be yourself.

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