FALL 2020 FORMAL RECRUITMENT
Due to COVID-19, our dates and format for Panhellenic Recruitment are currently subject to change for the health and safety of our current and potential new members. As decisions are made and information becomes available, we will continue to update our website with information about the format and timeline of Panhellenic Recruitment.
Updated Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Information
The following video and documents will provide you with information about the updated Panhellenic Formal Recruitment process that will allow us to prioritize the health and well-being of all participants during COVID-19. Please read through each document carefully submit any questions here.
Parents, please watch the uploaded Parent Orientation video for the Panhellenic Recruitment Process. Some parents choose to purchase Bid Day gifts for their students joining a sorority. Visit the website for University Spirit in Athens here or their Instagram page (@universityspirit_athens) for more information! Reach out to the Greek Life Office with any questions about your students participation in Panhellenic Recruitment.
Watch the Parent Orientation video here.
Panhellenic Information Sessions
We will be hosting optional information sessions over the next few weeks to share more about the Panhellenic community at UGA and how to join. There are sessions for both Potential New Members and parents/families, so be sure to register for the session you would like as the maximum attendance is 300 people!
Potential New Member Information Sessions:
Our PNM information sessions have already passed, but you can find a recorded session here.
Parent/Family Information Sessions:
Our parent and family information sessions have already occurred, but you can find a recorded session here.
The fee for recruitment covers several meals, transportation to all recruitment events, campus facilities usage and a t-shirt. The cost of registration is dependent on when you register.
2020 Registration & Payment Dates
April 1 – June 6 Early Registration – $215
June 7 – July 15 Regular Registration – $250
July 16 – July 20 Late Registration – $300
*Please note that all University Housing contracts begin on Sunday, August 16, 2020. In order to participate in Formal Recruitment, potential new members must move in early. In order to secure early move-in, an additional $20 fee will be due to University Housing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although the Panhellenic Council does not require a minimum GPA to participate in recruitment, each sorority may establish their own minimum GPA required for membership. If you have a question about a particular sorority’s requirement, please directly contact the chapter. Chapter e-mail addresses are available under Recommendation Addresses & Instructions.
Potential New Members who are living in UGA residence halls will be permitted to move in on Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15, 2020. In order to reduce vehicular traffic and move-in lines, student arrival times will be staggered. Having an arrival time on Saturday, August 15 will allow you to attend all orientation activities for recruitment. In June, University Housing will email specific information about selecting an arrival time. Please visit the housing website for more information: https://housing.uga.edu/site/resources_movein_moveout. Please note that the Greek Life Office does not coordinate the housing schedule.
Please visit our Recommendation Addresses & Instructions page for all the info you need on letters of recommendation, or “recs.”
Recruitment is intended to give each Potential New Member an opportunity to become familiar with each of the 19 sororities at UGA, meet as many Greek women as possible, and learn about each organization. The actual process of Recruitment involves four rounds of events. After each round of events, Potential New Members receive invitations to the next round of events and are permitted to preference a limited number of sororities they would like to visit again. Potential New Members will be divided into small groups with Gamma Chis (Recruitment Counselors) to guide them through the week.
Round One – During the first two days of Recruitment you will visit each sorority for 20 minutes. These events will introduce you to every chapter before you begin to make decisions. You will probably talk about yourself (your summer, your activities, where you are living, etc.) so don’t be shy – the sorority members want to get to know you. Round One events are high-energy and may include music, singing, and clapping. These events are short, so relax and have fun!
Round Two – Round Two is known as “Philanthropy Round.” Events are 25 minutes in length and allow you to learn about the sorority’s philanthropic contributions both locally and nationally. The sorority will show a video highlighting the events they put on to raise money for important causes. If invited, you may attend up to 14 events.
Round Three – All of our sororities are located in beautiful historic homes near campus. During this round, the members will take time to show you around their homes and get to know you better. This is the round where you will wear your recruitment t-shirt (preview coming soon!). These events are 30 minutes long and if invited you may attend up to 8 events.
Preference Round (Prefs) – You will be making the final decision about which sororities you prefer during this round. These events are usually more serious than previous events as the sorority members will explain what it means to be a member and what their sorority has to offer. Events are 50 minutes in length and if invited, you may attend up to two preferential events.
Casual skirts and dresses are appropriate for rounds one and two. Round three will be t-shirt day (preview coming soon!). All the participants will wear their recruitment t-shirt. Cool, lightweight fabrics are a necessity because of the hot weather. You will be walking a lot so comfortable footwear is essential. Heels are discouraged for Rounds 1-3. Nice dresses, skirts or pants that you would wear to a wedding or religious service are appropriate for Pref Round. Pref events are more formal, therefore many women choose to wear black dresses and heels although please note that this is not a requirement. The most important thing during all rounds is to make sure you feel comfortable.
Click here for more frequently asked questions, please see our FAQ page.
What is an upperclassmen quota?
The upperclassmen quota is a separate quota that is used to specifically place upperclassmen Potential New Members.
Why do we use an upperclassmen quota for Fall Recruitment?
It gives upperclassmen and transfer students a greater opportunity to pledge during the Formal Recruitment process as they are not considered in the same pool as freshmen.
How will you determine if I am an upperclassmen?
We will determine if you are an upperclassmen based on your high school graduation date. If you feel that you have special circumstances, such as a gap year, please contact the Panhellenic Council.
If I am an upperclassmen will the recruitment process be different?
No, the recruitment process will not be different for you!
The Pointer: Fall Recruitment Guide
Please click the button to view the 2020 edition of The Pointer, our Panhellenic recruitment guide.
University of Georgia Panhellenic Recruitment is open to all enrolled UGA women regardless of race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The recruitment process is committed to providing access and accommodations for all people with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please call the Greek Life Office at 706-542-4612 by July 24 for specific requests.