Sorority Recruitment

Dear Future Panhellenic Women,

Welcome to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln! We are excited to have you here and we look forward to your involvement within the Panhellenic community! We are blessed with an incredible Greek community here at UNL; our members are active participants in multiple spectrums throughout campus. Our Greek community is an excellent way to begin your collegiate transition and to develop a strong sense of belonging at our University.

UNL’s Panhellenic Association is comprised of 15 thriving sororities, all which exemplify academic scholarship, friendship, community service, and a strong sense of leadership throughout campus. My own experience within my chapter has opened doors to multiple opportunities that shaped who I am today. I strongly encourage you to complete recruitment with an open mind and confidence in the process. Make an effort to get to know the women in each unique chapter and the values they adhere to, as they may potentially become your mentors, friends, and sisters for life. Find the chapter where you feel most at home and where you can make your personal impact. But most importantly, recruitment is about you! Take the time to truly understand what Greek life at UNL can offer you. By choosing to join a sorority, you are joining something much bigger than any of us. Throughout your college years, these women will be there to help support you and your goals.

On behalf of the entire Panhellenic community, we are so excited to meet you! We look forward to assisting you to not only join a chapter, but also find your place within our entire Greek community.

Samantha Nelson

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-Samantha Nelson
Vice President of Recruitment

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process begins on Monday, August 17, 2015. Parents are invited to attend a brief orientation at 3:00 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 1:00-2:45pm. Recruitment guides, also known as Rho Gammas, will meet potential new members at 3:00 p.m. in the designated meeting spots. Following check-in and continuing through Tuesday, August 18, 2015, potential new members will visit 15 chapters and the Panhellenic executives for 20 minutes each.  Women will walk from location to location 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.

Orientation photo

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, or shorts and comfortable shoes.


round 1 photo

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 and dinner is provided. This day is semi casual.

Do Wear

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


round 1 photo

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, if applicable. Each session is 50 minutes long. Lunch and dinner is provided for those who do not have university meal plans. Those who do have a university meal plan will need their NCard to enter the dining facility.

Do Wear

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


round 2 photo

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.


Orientation photo

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.


New Member Summit

On Sunday, women who have joined a sorority will attend the New Member Summit with the other new women in their chapter. This will serve as an official introduction to the Panhellenic Community and is mandatory for all women who have joined a sorority.

2015 Formal Recruitment Schedule

Monday, August 17, 2015: Open House Round Part I

8:00 AM Participants living in the residence halls may check in. No requests to move in before August 17th 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.

1:00-2:45 PM Registration check-in, Union Plaza. Stop by the registration area on the Union Plaza to pick up your recruitment t-shirt, guidebook, and nametag!

3:00 PM Meet your recruitment guide in a designated meeting spot.Your recruitment guide will text or call Monday morning with this information. This will serve as your initial meeting and mandatory orientation for recruitment. This will last about two hours. After your orientation you will have the chance to eat dinner with your parents. If your parents are not able to stay, your recruitment guide will be available to join you!

6:30 PM Check-in with your recruitment guide.You will check-in with your recruitment guide and travel to your first event together. It is important that you arrive in a timely fashion. You will check-in with your recruitment guide every day before attending that day’s events.

7:00-7:20 PM – Event 1
7:30-7:50 PM – Event 2
8:00-8:20 PM – Event 3
8:30-8:50 PM – Event 4
9:00-9:20 PM – Event 5
9:30-9:50 PM – Event 6
Tuesday, August 18, 2015: Open House Round Part II
9:00-9:20 AM – Event 7
9:30-9:50 AM – Event 8
10:00-10:20 AM – Event 9
10:30-10:50 AM – Event 10
11:00-11:20 AM – Event 11
11:30-11:50 AM – Event 12
12:00-12:50 PM – Lunch, Union Plaza
1:00-1:20 PM – Event 13
1:30-1:50 PM – Event 14
2:00-2:20 PM – Event 15
2:30-2:50 PM – Event 16
3:00-3:20 PM – Event 17
3:30-3:50 PM – Event 18
4:00-5:30 PM – Priority Rank

6:00 PM – Dinner with your recruitment group downtown

Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Philanthropy Day

On this day you will be able to attend up to 10 events within the 12 available sessions. Each event will last 30 minutes.

9:00-9:30 AM – Event 1
9:45-10:15 AM – Event 2
10:30-11:00 AM – Event 3
11:15-11:45 AM – Event 4
12:00-12:30 PM – Event 5
12:30-1:15 PM – Lunch, Union Plaza
1:30-2:00 PM – Event 6
2:15-2:45 PM – Event 7
3:00-3:30 PM – Event 8
3:45-4:15 PM – Event 9
4:30-5:00 PM – Event 10
5:15-5:45 PM – Event 11
6:00-6:30 PM – Event 12
6:30-7:30 PM – Priority Rank, you will priority rank with your recruitment guide before or after dinner.
6:45 PM – Dinner, Union Plaza
Thursday, August 20, 2015: Sisterhood Day

On this day you will be able to attend up to 6 events within the 8 available sessions. Each event will last 50 minutes. House tours will be given this day when applicable.

9:00-9:50 AM – Event 1
10:05-10:55 AM – Event 2
11:10-12:00 PM – Event 3
12:05-12:55 PM – Lunch, Dining Halls
1:00-1:50 PM – Event 4
2:05-2:55 PM – Event 5
3:10-4:00 PM – Event 6
4:15-5:05 PM – Event 7
5:20-6:10 PM – Event 8
6:15-7:00 PM – Dinner, Dining Halls
7:00 PM – Priority Rank
Friday, August 21, 2015: Preference Day

On this day you will be able to attend up to 3 events within the 4 available sessions. Each event will last 60 minutes.

9:00-10:00 AM – Event 1
10:15-11:15 AM – Event 2
11:30-12:30 PM – Event 3
12:45-1:45 PM – Event 4
1:45-3:30 PM – Preference, Various Locations

You will have the opportunity to complete your preferences after you have attended your last event. After you preference, return to the residence halls to attend New Student Convocation with your residence hall floor.

Saturday, August 22, 2015: Bid Day
1:00 – Bid Day Gathering
Sunday, August 23, 2015: Sorority New Member Summit

The time and location for the Sorority New Member Summit is to be determined. More information will be available once students arrive to campus in the fall. However, this is required of all women who join a sorority.

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

You can find the sorority recruitment application at The fee for applying is $80.00, which covers your t-shirt, bag, water bottle, necessary printed materials, and most meal expenses for the week. After you have applied, be sure to check your email for important information about the next step!

What do I wear?

Refer to the pictures included on this website 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 and other locations on city campus, 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. This will give 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 embodies their own ideals.

What happens at a recruitment event?

A recruitment event is a time for potential new 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, philanthropies, and tour the house, if applicable. Remember, recruitment is a mutual selection process. Just as you are trying to positively represent yourself to the chapters, so are the chapter members 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 chapter which is ultimately right for you.

What information should I include in my application?

Your application is important for chapters when they extend invitations for the second round of recruitment events. Be sure to fill out your application completely and honestly. Ten lines are included on the application for you to list your involvement. To best represent yourself, try to fill all ten lines as accurately as 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. The Office of Greek Affairs will discard any such additional materials.

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 and active members 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 website. If a recommendation is filled on your behalf the form should be mailed 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 a coach 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 women on your floor or commuting as well, 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 team.

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 accommodations. 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 17, 2015, 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 20, 2015. Residence hall dining facilities begin serving meals on Thursday. 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 17, 2015.

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, sister, grandmother, and potentially aunt was in a sorority. However, 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 and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Recruitment Rules, it is illegal for an active chapter member, alumna, or representative from a chapter to contact you prior to or during the recruitment process. Illegal contact includes lunches, letters, phone calls, or any communication through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, emails, instant messaging, and any other social media sites. 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 or active 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. Recommendations should be sent directly to the chapter, who the recommender is associated with. Any recommendations sent to the Office of Greek Affairs will be discarded.

Questions, comments, concerns

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