Sorority Membership Recruitment

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Dear Potential New Member,

Welcome to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln! We are excited to have you here at the University, and we look forward to your involvement in Panhellenic Recruitment. We have a fantastic Greek community here at UNL with members actively participating in a wide variety of organizations on campus. The Greek community is an excellent way to meet new people and to find a sense of community at the University.

Panhellenic is comprised of 15 outstanding sororities, all of which excel in academics, serving the community, and becoming leaders on campus. I strongly encourage you to proceed through the recruitment process with confidence and an open mind. Take time to get to know the women in each unique chapter, because these women will be your mentors, friends, and sisters for the next four years and beyond. Find the chapter that makes you feel the most comfortable and where you feel you can make the biggest impact. Most importantly, be yourself, relax, and have fun!

On behalf of Panhellenic, we are so excited to meet you in August for sorority recruitment! You will not only be given the opportunity to join an individual chapter, but an entire greek community!

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-Taylor Schelstraete
Vice President of Recruitment

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process begins on Monday, August 18th. Parents are invited to attend a brief orientation at 6:00 p.m. located in the Union. Sorority women will be on hand to provide information about the Nebraska Greek community and the recruitment process. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Potential New Member check-in will be on the Union Plaza from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Recruitment guides, also known as Rho Gammas, will meet potential new members at 3:45 p.m. in the designated meeting spots. Following check-in and continuing through Tuesday, August 19th, potential new members will visit 15 chapters and the Panhellenic executives for 20 minutes each.  Women will walk from house to house with their recruitment group and Recruitment Guide.  This is your introduction to the Greek community--an opportunity to see how Going Greek can enhance your student experience.  After visiting with all chapters, potential new members will rank them.  As recruitment progresses, the number of chapters you visit with each day will become smaller. Potential new members have the opportunity to visit up to ten chapters on Wednesday, six on Thursday, and three on Friday.

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Orientation and Open House Part I and II

Lunch will be provided on Tuesday.

Do Wear

Your recruitment t-shirt given to you by a recruitment guide, jeans, a skirt, shorts and comfortable shoes.


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Philanthropy day

On Wednesday, you will visit a maximum of ten sororities, meeting members and learning about the history, focus, and philanthropic activities of each sorority. Each session is 30 minutes long. Lunch is provided. This day is semi casual.

Do Wear

A skirt, capris, casual sundress, or pants and a nice shirt and comfortable shoes (flats or sandals).


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House tour day

On Thursday, you may visit a maximum of six sororities. You will see the individual personalities of each chapter beginning to emerge, plus you will have a chance to tour each living unit. Each session is 50 minutes long. Lunch is provided.

Do Wear

A sundress, skirt, pant outfit and comfortable shoes (flats, sandals, or a kitten heel).


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Preference Day

On Friday, you may visit a maximum of three sororities. During these sessions you should begin to see familiar faces and feel a bond with the women around you. You will spend more time at each chapter: sessions will last 60 minutes. Following the final session you will make your membership selection. Attire is dressier than previous days. If you are living in the residence halls, you will have a chance to spend some time with the other women on your floor. You will attend the New Student Convocation together, have dinner in the dining halls & attend a floor meeting before heading to the stadium for the famed “tunnel walk!”

Do Wear

A nice dress and comfortable heels.


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Bid Day!

On Saturday, prospective members will receive invitations to membership. You will also learn the chapter affiliation of your recruitment guide and the Panhellenic executive board. Following individual chapter activities, new members will attend the Big Red Welcome activities with their new pledge classes.

Do Wear

A t-shirt or tank top—new members will receive t-shirts from their new chapter, so wear something you can slip the new t-shirt over easily, jeans, shorts, skirt, capris and comfortable shoes.


2014 Recruitment Schedule

Monday, August 18, 2014: Open House Round Part I
8:00 AM Participants living in the residence halls may check in. No requests to move in before August 18th will be granted. To make sure your day starts off smoothly, you will have a chance to select a specific time for your arrival. This will help with traffic and alleviate overcrowding, giving you a positive move-in experience. University Housing will send you additional information regarding the online sign-up process closer to the start of recruitment.

  • 1:30 - 3:30 PM Registration check-in, Union Plaza. Stop by the registration area on the Union Plaza to pick up your recruitment t-shirt, guidebook, and name tag!
  • 3:45 PM- Meet your recruitment guide in a designated meeting spot (recruitment guides will text/call Monday morning with this information)
  • 6:00-6:20 - Chapter 1
  • 6:35-6:55 - Chapter 2
  • 7:10-7:30 - Chapter 3
  • 7:45-8:05 - Chapter 4
  • 8:20-8:40 - Chapter 5
  • 8:55-9:15 - Chapter 6
  • 9:30-9:50 - Chapter 7
  • 10:05-10:25 - Chapter 8

Tuesday, August 19, 2014: Open House Round Part II

  • 9:00 AM- 3:15 PM- Open House Round II (10 chapters, 20 minutes)
  • 9:00-9:20 - Chapter 9
  • 9:35-9:55 - Chapter 10
  • 10:10-10:30 - Chapter 11
  • 10:45- 11:05 - Chapter 12
  • 11:20-11:40 - Chapter 13
  • 11:45-12:30 - LUNCH on the Union Plaza
  • 12:35-12:55 - Chapter 14
  • 1:10-1:30 - Chapter 15
  • 1:45-2:05 - Chapter 16
  • 2:20-2:40 - Chapter 17
  • 2:55-3:15 - Chapter 18
  • 3:15-4:30 Priority Rank
  • 6:00 PM - Dinner with Recruitment Guide and Group

Wednesday, August 20, 2014: Philanthropy Day

  • 9:00 AM-5:35 PM First Invitational Round (10 chapters, 12 sessions- 30 minutes)
  • 9:00-9:30 - Chapter 1
  • 9:40-10:10 - Chapter 2
  • 10:20-10:50 - Chapter 3
  • 11:00-11:30 - Chapter 4
  • 11:40-12:10 - Chapter 5
  • 12:15-1:00 - LUNCH on the Union Plaza
  • 1:05-1:35 - Chapter 6
  • 1:45-2:15 - Chapter 7
  • 2:25-2:55 - Chapter 8
  • 3:05-3:35 - Chapter 9
  • 3:45-4:15 - Chapter 10
  • 4:25-4:55 - Chapter 11
  • 5:05-5:35 - Chapter 12
  • 5:35-6:35 - Priority Rank
  • 6:30 PM - Picnic on the Plaza (Brought to you by Design Wear and the Union Bookstore)

Thursday, August 21, 2014: Sisterhood and House Tour Dayp>

  • 9:00AM - 6:10PM: Second Invitational Round (6 chapters, 8 sessions- 50 minutes)
  • 8:00-10:30 - Continental Breakfast available in the dining halls
  • 9:00-9:50 - Chapter 1
  • 10:05-10:55 - Chapter 2
  • 11:10-12:00 - Chapter 3
  • 12:05-12:55 - LUNCH in the dining halls
  • 1:00-1:50 - Chapter 4
  • 2:05-2:55 - Chapter 5
  • 3:10-4:00 - Chapter 6
  • 4:15-5:05 - Chapter 7
  • 5:20-6:10 - Chapter 8
  • 6:15- 7:00 - Dinner in the dining halls
  • 7:00 (or when finished with dinner) - Priority Rank

Friday, August 22, 2014: Preference Day

  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Third Invitational Round (3 chapters, 4 sessions - 60 minutes)
  • 9:00-10:00 - Chapter 1
  • 10:10-11:10 - Chapter 2
  • 11:20-12:20 - Chapter 3
  • 12:30-1:30 - Chapter 4
  • 1:45-3:00 - Complete the preference process. Afterward, return to the residence halls to attend New Student Convocation with your dorm floor

Saturday, August 23, 2014: Bid Day

  • 1:00 PM - Meet recruitment group at Union Plaza
  • 2:00 PM - Bid Cards distributed and opened
  • 2:15 PM - Bid day activities with chapter

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Where can I find a sorority recruitment application, and what does it cost for me to apply?

You can find the sorority recruitment application in your MyRED account at The fee for applying is $80.00. This fee covers your t-shirt and meal expenses for the week. After you have applied on MyRED be sure to check your email for important information about the next step!

What do I wear?

Check out the pictures included in this brochure as well as the Dos and Don'ts. Remember, the days are going to be long and hot! Your main concern should be comfort as you will be doing a great deal of walking and standing in the sun.

How does the recruitment process work?

Formal membership recruitment begins the week before the fall semester begins. Each day, you will attend recruitment events at various sorority houses, meeting women from each chapter and finding the chapter in which you could best see yourself. As the week progresses, you will attend fewer events for a longer period of time at each, giving you the opportunity to narrow your choices and devote more time to the chapters with which you feel the strongest connection. The chapters, in turn, will be participating in this mutual selection process and looking for the women who best embody their own ideals.

What happens at a recruitment event?

A recruitment event is a time for prospective members to learn more about individual chapters and for chapter members to learn more about potential new members. Potential new members will meet with and talk to various members of the chapters, learn about the chapter’s values, academics, and philanthropies, and tour the houses. Remember, recruitment is a mutual selection process. Just as you are trying to positively represent yourself to the chapters, so are the actives working to portray a favorable image of their chapters to you. Most women are meeting you for the first time and will need to ask the same “get to know you” questions. Don’t be shy! The more you get to know the chapters and vice-versa, the easier it will be to select the chapters which are ultimately right for you.

What information should I include in my application?

This application is important for chapters to extend invitations for the first round of recruitment events, so be sure to fill out your application completely and honestly. Ten lines are included on the application for you to list your high school involvement. To market yourself best, try to fill all ten lines if possible and avoid using acronyms.  For example, write out “National Honor Society” instead of simply writing “NHS.”  Be sure to include:

  • High school clubs and activities such as cheerleading, marching band, Student Council, Spanish Club, etc.
  • GPA
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Academic honors and awards including scholarships, National Honor Society, and other recognitions.
  • Community activities (at your church, community centers, etc.).
  • Volunteer work, philanthropic activity, and community service.
  • Part-time jobs.
  • Length of time you participated in each activity.

Also, please limit your responses to the ten lines provided, and do not include an additional resume or photo with your application. Any such additional materials will be discarded by Greek Affairs.

How do letters of recommendation work, and where should I send them? Do I need one for each chapter?

Letters of recommendation from sorority alumnae are helpful in the recruitment process but not necessary. Each chapter has its own policy regarding these letters. Many chapters find them helpful in learning information about you that may not be evident from your application. However, personal contact at each chapter during sorority recruitment is the best way for sorority members to get to know you.

The forms for letters of recommendation can be accessed through the specific chapter’s national website. If you find an alumna of a certain sorority who is willing to write one for you, she should fill out the form and mail it directly to the sorority house. Mailing addresses can be found under the Chapters tab.

Is there anyone who will help me throughout the week?

Your Recruitment Guide, or Rho Gamma, will help you throughout the week in knowing where to go and what to expect. She will also serve as an advisor or confidante if you have any questions or concerns about the recruitment process. Your Recruitment Guide will be responsible for a recruitment group composed of other girls on your floor who are also participating in recruitment. These groups are an excellent way to meet and bond with your new neighbors and find support in your first week at UNL!

What about rumors?

It is possible that during recruitment you may hear rumors about certain chapters or individual chapter members. Speaking unfavorably of a chapter, chapter member, or another potential new member could result in influencing someone’s recruitment experience and possibly hurting someone’s feelings. Your concern as a potential new member should be learning about those chapters in which you are most interested. If you encounter any negative comments or behavior from active members or other potential new members, do not hesitate to report it. Questions and concerns should be directed to your Recruitment Guide or the Panhellenic Executive Board.

What if I get sick?

There is always a possibility that a potential new member may become ill or have something happen to limit her participation in recruitment. Whatever the situation, don’t worry. Alert your Recruitment Guide, and she will work with you to make other accomodations. The individual chapters are very understanding and will make the appropriate exceptions in these cases. To prevent illness, we recommend you eat before starting the day, and feel free to ask for water or a drink when you are thirsty. Also, remember that the days are long, so get plenty of rest.

I have a scheduling conflict during recruitment week. Can I still participate?

Greek Affairs will work with any woman who has a campus related conflict such as marching band practice, Big Red Singers, or any of the varsity athletic teams. We do not make special accommodations for work conflicts. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Greek Affairs as soon as possible. No later than August 1 please.

When do I move in?

No requests to move in before 8:00 AM on August 18th, 2014, will be granted. This is to allow housing staff sufficient time to prepare for the fall opening. The residence halls do not officially open until August 21st, 2014. Residence hall dining facilities begin serving meals on Thursday evening. Sorority recruitment fees include lunch on Tuesday, as well as lunch and dinner on Wednesday. Additional information on meal service will be provided when potential new members arrive on August 18.

I'm a Legacy. Does that mean I'm guaranteed a spot in that sorority?

Not necessarily. You are considered a legacy if your mother or sister was in a sorority, and each chapter has its own policy regarding legacies. Some chapters may have enough legacies going through recruitment to fill an entire pledge class, but of course there are other factors to consider in the recruitment process, including your application and connection to the women in the chapter. Being a legacy to a chapter is helpful, but will not automatically guarantee you a place in that chapter.

Are the chapter houses wheelchair accessible?

Yes, there are a limited number of chapter houses that are wheelchair accessible, but most of the houses are not. If you need special accommodations for physical accessibility, please contact the Office of Greek Affairs. Please also contact the Office of Greek Affairs about other special accommodations including dietary needs and sign language interpreters, large print or Braille. Requests for special accommodations must be made no later than August 1.

Summer Contact

Please be aware that according to the National Panhellenic Conference Recruitment Rules, it is illegal for an active, alumna, or chapter to contact you prior to or during the recruitment process. Illegal contact include lunches, letters, phone calls, or any communication through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, emails, instant messaging, etc. These guidelines are not intended to annul friendships or social relationships that existed prior to formal recruitment. Normal social contact may continue prior to recruitment as long as there is no intent to influence a potential new member toward a specific chapter, promise a pledge, or divulge specific chapter recruitment information. Normal social contact is defined as co-workers, roommates, family members, neighbors, and close friends.


A recommendation is an introduction and brief description of a young woman interested in recruitment, written by an alumna member of a chapter. Recommendations serve primarily as introductions and are not required, but can be beneficial for a potential new member. It is the responsibility of the individual chapter to secure recommendations for potential members, not the potential new member. Having a recommendation does not guarantee that a potential member will receive an invitation or pledge from that sorority.

Questions, comments, concerns

If you have questions, please call the Office of Greek Affairs: 402-472-2582 or 888-547-1029.