What is formal recruitment?
A four-round process that places over 900 women into 16 sororities. During each round, potential new members (PNMs) meet sorority women from each chapter and learn about each chapter’s values and character. With each round, PNM’s visit fewer houses as they figure out where they are best suited. After a matching process, PNMs receive a bid card from one of three sororities the PNM visited in Preferential Round. Throughout recruitment, PNM’s and sorority women are not allowed to talk to each other outside rounds to ensure equal treatment.
Who is involved and participates?
The Vice President of Recruitment, Patricia Lee Menges, and Assistant Vice President of Recruitment, Margaret Haas, manage Recruitment. Each chapter has a Recruitment Chair that reports to the VP of Recruitment and is responsible for her sorority’s rounds. The PanHellenic Counsellor Director, Mary Cate Swadba, trains and oversees the PanHellenic Counselors and Logistics Coordinators, who help potential new members and sororities throughout the Recruitment rounds. Potential new members are unaffiliated women who wish to join the sorority community and a chapter.
Why should you participate?
A sorority creates a home away from home, in which sorority women support each other academically, emotionally, and through other avenues of UVA and post-graduation. Each chapter has its own personality, thus making it possible for a variety of women to find a place in sorority life. In addition, the sorority community offers numerous resources for sorority women, including scholarships, philanthropic opportunities, and more. Sorority women establish and develop friendships within their chapter and the sorority community that last a lifetime.
When is Formal Recruitment?
Formal Recruitment takes place at the beginning of the second semester. As a result, PNMs have the opportunity to get settled at UVA, meet other students, and focus on their studies.
Please click here to fill out the Recruitment Conflict Form.
For more information on Recruitment, see the Go Greek Night #3 Power Point.