Formal recruitment is a process by which the majority of women join chapters related to the National Panhellenic Conference. It is an opportunity for potential new members (PNMs) of chapters to meet our groups on campus and for the chapters to meet their potential sisters. The process of joining involves a mutual selection, which refines down the maximum number of chapters each PNM visits until the last day, when a bid (or an invitation) may be extended to a new member.
Mutual selection is the process that is used to best place each potential new member with their fitting organization. This process means that while you are meeting organizations and understanding where you might fit best, the members of each organization are doing the same with you! Each organization will take their time getting to meet you and will figure out whether or not you will fit best with them, while you are figuring out where you want to be. This is a process where you do not only choose your sisters, they also choose you!
Formal recruitment is the process in the fall in which all of the Panhellenic organizations participate in order to gain new members. It is a multi-day process, that has both a dress code and specific meeting times. This process happens in the fall and brings in the most numbers for sororities every year. COB is a process that happens in the winter and spring, which only a few of our member organizations participate in, that is a less structured way for organizations to bring in new members. It is typically shorter than formal recruitment and brings in much smaller numbers than in the fall. Additionally, each organization sets their own dress code and schedule for this type of recruitment.
Registration for 2016 Formal Panhellenic recruitment will open on August 1, 2016. For all students, we recommend waiting to complete the registration process until you have received your final grades from the last academic term to have the most up to date academic information possible. This allows for end of year awards and academic information to be included in the honors and awards section of your application.
Prior to registering, make sure you have all of the necessary information to complete the registration form in front of you. Many students print out a copy of their resume and find that to be a useful reference for involvement and accolades. Once you start the form, you must complete it in its entirety. In addition to other items, the following information is required:
DU Student ID Number
High School GPA
College GPA (if applicable)
Information on high school and collegiate activities, involvement, and awards
If applicable, names, affiliations, and college for any legacy connections (see below)
Credit card to make a secure, online payment of $30.00
The thirty dollar fee is a registration fee that will cover the cost of your recruitment shirt, recruitment water bottle, and the meal that is provided for you during the recruitment process.
Once you complete the online registration form here, you will end on a confirmation page and will shortly thereafter receive an email from the Panhellenic Council Officers.
Recruitment will take place in late September, and will begin Saturday, September 24 and will conclude on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
More specifically, here’s a breakdown of the time commitment that you can expect for recruitment:
Thursday, September 22nd: Values Presentation Day
Prospective members will meet in the Driscoll Student Center Ballroom (located on the second floor of the North side of the building) from 6:00pm-7:00pm for a presentation on values to help them understand what joining a sorority means, determine what they are looking for in a sorority, and learn about the questions they should be asking active sorority members before meeting the chapters.
Saturday, September 24th: Sisterhood Day
Potential new members (PNMs) will meet in the Davis Auditorium (located on the second floor of the North side of the building) at 4:00pm for a brief orientation before heading out with their recruitment groups to visit all 6 of our chapters. There will be a dinner break for all potential new members (PNMs) as well as a break round. At the end of the night there will be a meeting to preference the chapters, and the evening will wrap up around 11:30pm.
Sunday, September 25th: Open House & Philanthropy Day
Potential new members (PNMs) will meet in the Davis Auditorium located in Sturm Hall for a brief orientation before receiving their schedules and heading out to visit a maximum of four chapters. Most potential new members will not visit four chapters, and will have occasional breaks. There will dinner provided for all potential new members (PNMs) at the end of the night as they preference their chapters.
Monday, September 26th: Preference Round
Potential new members (PNMs) will meet in the Driscoll Student Center Ballroom (located on the second floor of the North side of the building) at 3:00pm for a brief orientation before heading out with their recruitment groups to visit all 6 of our chapters. There will be a dinner break for all potential new members (PNMs) as well as two break rounds. At the end of the night there will be a meeting to preference the chapters, and the evening will wrap up around 11:00pm.
Tuesday, September 27th: Bid Day
To learn more about the costs associated with sorority membership, please check out the financial breakdowns from each of the Panhellenic chapters in the document here.
First and foremost, you should always be wearing something which makes you comfortable, although each day of recruitment has a different dress code. To help you think about what to wear, Panhellenic has created a Pinterest page with some inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/dupanhellenicre/
Recommendation letters, or reference letters, are typically written for an undergraduate member by an alumnae member of a Panhellenic organization. These letters introduce a potential new member to the chapter and describe more about the potential new member's qualities and characteristics. Alumnae can only complete recommendation letters for their own inter/national organization. Chapters welcome and greatly appreciate alumnae input on women going through their recruitment process, though recommendation letters are not required by any chapter at the University of Denver.
Alumnae members who want to submit a recommendation on a potential new member should follow the process outline on their inter/national organization's website. To learn more about submitting a recommendation letter, please click on the respective chapters.
If the process for submitting a recommendation letter requires mailing information to our local chapters at DU, the local address for each of our chapters are:
Alpha Phi: 2280 S. Race St., Denver, CO 80210
Chi Omega: 3964 S. Niagara Way, Denver, CO 80237
Delta Delta Delta: 2249 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80210
Delta Gamma: 2222 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80210
Delta Zeta: 2258 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80210
Gamma Phi Beta: 2233 S. Josephine St., Denver, CO 80208
Legacies are potential new members who have family ties to active or alumnae members of a Panhellenic chapter. As the definition of a legacy varies between chapters, please use definitions below.
Alpha Phi: Sister, Step-Sister, Mom, Step-Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
Chi Omega: Sister, Mom and Grandmother
Delta Delta Delta: Sister, Step-Sister, Mom, Step-Mother and Grandmother
Delta Gamma: Sister, Step-Sister, Mom, Step-Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
Delta Zeta: Sister, Step-Sister, Mom, Step-Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
Gamma Phi Beta: Sister, Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
In the registration form, there is an opportunity to notify if you are a legacy of any organization.