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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > STUDENT LIFE > GREEK LIFE > SORORITY RECRUITMENT
Sorority Recruitment


Sororities hold membership recruitment events each semester to introduce prospective members to their organizations. Students interested in learning more about sorority life are encouraged to attend these events to become better acquainted with the organizations, their activities and members.

Sorority Eligibility Requirements 
  • Must be a registered full-time (12 credit hours) student at Robert Morris University
  • Must have a 2.50 cumulative college GPA prior to joining (first semester freshmen/transfers are exempt)
  • Individual chapters reserve the right to have higher standards for selection of members

Fall Formal Recruitment
Fall 2014 sorority recruitment will take place September 25-28, 2014.  Events are scheduled for three consecutive evenings. Potential new members of sororities are expected to attend each night of fall formal recruitment.  Invitations of membership are extended on "Bid Day," which marks the final day of the formal recruitment period. Registration can be completed at rmu.edu/gogreek.

Throughout the recruitment period (August 21-September 24), the Panhellenic Council sponsors several events outside of fall formal recruitment to allow women to meet sorority members and learn about their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and service to others.

Descriptions of each fall formal recruitment round:

Thursday - Open House
WHAT TO EXPECT: An informal environment where women are going to attend all three chapter parties and introduce themselves to the sisters. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the sorority or Greek Life in general! You must visit each sorority. Keeping an open mind is the key to discovering where you belong. The main goal of this round is to allow women to see each chapter in its most personal setting as they meet and mingle with actual chapter members as an introduction to Greek Life.

WHAT TO WEAR: Open House is a casual round. Dress comfortably yet classy! Try to stay away from sweats, low-cut tops, very short shorts.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DURING OPEN HOUSE: 
  • Would I like to get to know these women better?
  • Were the sisters pleasant and friendly?
  • Did I feel welcome here?
Friday - Philanthropy Round
WHAT TO EXPECT: During this round, the sororities speak about the charities and causes they support and the events they sponsor throughout the year to raise money for these causes. Potential new members will learn why that certain cause is so important to the chapters and how they can make a difference.

WHAT TO WEAR: Philanthropy Round is classified as "semi-casual." We recommend an outfit you would wear to church or on a date such as a sundress or nice pants. Sandals, flats, or short heels are recommended.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DURING PHILANTHROPY ROUND:
  • Do I feel comfortable with these women?
  • Do I feel drawn to this philanthropy?
  • What can I gain from membership in this group?
  • What can I contribute to this chapter?
Saturday - Preference Round
WHAT TO EXPECT: For the final round, women will attend at most two parties. This round is called Preference Round because at the end of the night, potential new members will sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and choose which sorority chapter(s) they prefer. This is the last chance to learn about the chapters and ask any remaining questions or address any remaining concerns.

WHAT TO WEAR: This round is the dressiest of all rounds. We recommend you wear a nice dress or outfit that would be best appropriate for a semi-formal banquet or a wedding reception such as a cocktail dress. Heels and nice jewelry are recommended.

Sunday - Bid Day
The dress attire for bid day is casual.  You can wear jeans, shorts, and a t-shirt.

Spring 2015 Informal Recruitment
Sororities may host small informal recruiting events in the spring semester. These events are also excellent ways to join a sorority. However, not all chapters may be able to accept new members in the spring semester. 


“It’s All Greek to Me!” Panhellenic Recruitment Vocabulary

Throughout this Recruitment experience, you may encounter a number of terms and aspects of Greek life that are new to you. This overview of Recruitment vocabulary will help you to define many of the words and phrases that are common in this process.

Potential New Member- A person who is interested in joining a Greek letter organization, and will participate in rush, intake, or recruitment. Also abbreviated PNM.

Bid- an invitation to membership in a chapter.

Chapter- a local group of a national organization, designated by its own Greek letter name.

Continuous Open Bidding- an opportunity for chapters who are not at quota or total to extend bids to women who did not join a sorority during formal Recruitment

Interfraternity Council (IFC)- an umbrella organization that presides over men’s fraternities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek letter society of college men, undergraduate and alumnae.

Legacy- the immediate family member or student of an initiated member (daughter, sister, granddaughter, etc.)

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)- a conference body composed of delegates from the 26 women’s national sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek letter society of college women, undergraduate and alumnae.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)- a national conference body composed of the nine historically, predominately African American Greek letter organizations at both the college and alumni level.





Contact Information:

For students interested in more information about joining a sorority at RMU, please contact the Panhellenic Council Advisor, Scott Irlbacher, at irlbacher@rmu.edu.