Primary recruitment involves four National Panhellenic Conference chapters at The University of Texas at Arlington. A woman is eligible to participate in recruitment and join a sorority if she is enrolled at the university and has been granted full-time status. She must not be a new member or initiated member of any other National Panhellenic Conference sorority.
HOW RECRUITMENT WORKS:
Primary recruitment consists of four rounds (respectively): house tours, sisterhood, philanthropy, and preference. Each round you will begin your day by meeting with your Rho Gamma (a recruitment guide). This is the time when you will receive your invitations and event schedules for that day. In addition, you will be provided with a dress code for each round. After you have attended all of the events on your schedule, you will participate in Chapter Selection. This process should be completed immediately after your last event without making any stops to text or make any phone calls. You will use this time to select the chapter(s) you would like to visit again the next day.
BREAKDOWN OF ROUNDS:
As previously stated, primary recruitment consists of four rounds. The four rounds are as follows: house tours, sisterhood, philanthropy, and preference.
House tours is a day where you meet with your Rho Gamma group and visit each chapter house. There you will meet some of the girls, the purpose is to get to know the basics of each chapter. There is no selection on this day.
The next round, sisterhood, is where you go to each chapter and talk to some of the girls to discuss their sisterhood, special memories, why they chose their sorority, etc. This is the first day where you participate in Chapter Selection and the chapters vote on the potential new members (PNMs) as well.
The next round, philanthropy, is where you return to the chapters that you receive on your event schedule and continue meeting and talking with girls to discuss their philanthropy and why it's special. You will also participate in Chapter Selection and the chapters will vote on the PNMS as well.
The last round, preference, is when you return to the chapters that you receive on your event schedule and is the ultimate day you determine the sorority you will (or will not) be calling home. It is normal for the last day to be full of emotions, tough decisions, happiness, and relief.
MUTUAL SELECTION VOTING PROCESS:
Recruitment is a mutual selection process that balances the preferences of each potential new member with those of the existing sorority chapters. The Panhellenic Council strives to allow every young woman an opportunity to find a sorority that best suits her personality, interests, and future goals while providing an organized membership selection process for the chapters. Invitations are only guaranteed to potential new members (PNMs) for the first round. After, there is no guarantee that a PNM will be invited to attend the second, third, and fourth event rounds. Invitations to subsequent rounds are made based on the selections of the chapter and the preferences of the potential new members. PNM schedules will be maximized to meet with as many chapters as possible during their recruitment experience. In addition, there is no guarantee that a woman will receive a bid to any sorority. However, if a PNM progresses through the week and attends all the events, she is invited to during the fourth event round and lists each of those chapters that night, she will receive a bid to one of those chapters. There is no specific formula or reason that explains why a woman is released from a particular chapter or why a woman prefers one chapter more than another. The Panhellenic Council makes every effort to allow each PNM the best opportunity to join the sorority of her choice. Still, there are no guarantees a young woman will be placed within that specific sorority. It is important to keep an open mind during recruitment week and to use the time to meet and make new friends!