Does my vote count in sorority recruitment?
What’s mutual selection?
Ever wonder how voting works in sorority recruitment?
Today, I am breaking down everything you need to know about voting!
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First, let’s talk about your vote.
At the end of each round, you vote on all the sororities.
Really, it's more like ranking.
Before you vote, you get a form. This form is similar to the form below.
The top section will be the sororities you W A N T to get invited back to. This order does N O T matter.
The bottom section is the sororities you didn’t feel like it was the right fit. Basically, the sororities would not like to go back to.
The bottom section is what matters! You have to rank these sororities is the order you like them.
Here is a situation to better explain how your vote works. To make it easier, I am going to call the sororities A - J.
Let’s say, you go to college that has 10 sororities.
You go through Round One and meet all the sororities.
Now, you have to vote on the sororities. You have to eliminate 4 of the sororities for Round One.
You look at your notes and see you dislike C, E, F, J. Next, you have to place C, E, F, J in order.
You ask yourself, “which house would I NOT like to see on my list tomorrow?” Immediately, you think E and F.
Then, you ask yourself, “which house do I like the most out of C and J?”
You think, “I definitely like J more than C.”
Now you have your order.
After you submit your list, the matching begins. The Panhellenic Council matches you and the sororities together.
The matching process shows you don’t get invited back to B and H.
Now, the Panhellenic Council looks at your bottom four to optimize your schedule. The Council sees:
You got invited back to J.
You did not get invited back to C.
You got invited back to F.
Now, you have your Round Two schedule.
You will go visit.
Now, I get it you probably did not want to go back to sorority F.
However... F likes you! You have to give F another chance.
You never know! Maybe you did not click with the girls you talked to.
This process is called mutual selection.
Mutual selection starts with the Panhellenic Council looking at your list and the lists of the sororities. Then based on these lists, they optimize the best schedule for you! This optimized schedule gives you the most options. These options help to find the sorority that is the right fit for you!
To further breakdown this topic, here are the three situations that happen during voting. These situations capture how mutual selection works!
the sorority likes you A N D you like them --- you go onto the next round for that sorority.
the sorority does vote to keep you A N D you like them --- you are cut from that sorority.
the sorority likes you, you don't like them, A N D your schedule is N O T full --- you go onto the next round for that sorority.
Now let’s address the question, does your vote matter?
The simple answer is kinda.
The sororities definitely have the upper hand in recruitment. They get to choose the girls they want first.
However, you get to choose the order of the sororities you want to be asked back to.
Now, let’s dive into the breakdown of sorority member voting.
Many sororities use a different voting process. These processes differ from sorority to sorority and college to college. All sororities have their own way of selecting girls. However, there are two main processes of voting.
The first voting practice is... a chapter vote.
In this situation, the whole chapter votes on the girls going through recruitment.
You might be thinking, “Wait, what? How can this happen? I did not even talk to everyone!”
Yes. I know. It sounds crazy. But it happens.
Essentially what goes down is, at the end of each round, the sorority calls out a name and asks for comments from the sorority members.
The comments are about what you talked about during the round.
Then, the vote begins.
The votes are O N L Y based on what the sorority members said about you!
All the sorority members vote.
After the vote, you are put on a list.
I will explain the lists in a minute.
Sooo you might be thinking, “What if I get lost in the system? What if no one remembers me?”
The short answer is... your score is not going to be great.
This is why it's so important to make a connection!
Connections lead to impressions.
You need to make a connection each round to continue on!!
Read more about connections HERE.
Now onto the second practice, delegate voting.
In this situation, only the girls you talk to during the party vote.
After each party, the sorority members go back to their common area and vote on the girls they talked to.
The sorority members give you a score, and your scores are averaged together to get an overall score.
Again if you want a good score, YOU HAVE TO STAND OUT.
How do you stand out?
MAKE A CONNECTION!
Then at the end of the round, all the girls going through recruitment are put on lists. What list you are on is based off your score.
Now onto the lists.
Don’t stress about this part because it’s really N O T that important.
Throughout sorority recruitment, you never know what list you are on!
There are usually three lists for each round.
List number 1: girls going through recruitment that the sorority loves! AKA girls with the highest scores
List number 2: girls going through recruitment that the sorority likes! AKA girls with average scores
List number 3: girls going through recruitment that the sorority does not see a connection with! AKA girls with the lowest scores
This is why it's so IMPORTANT to make a CONNECTION!
CONNECTIONS carry you onto the NEXT ROUND!
After the lists are created, the Panhellenic Council tells each sorority how many girls they can invite back to the next round.
The sororities submit the girls they want to return.
Next, the Council does matching.
Matching is when the Panhellenic Council pairs the sorority and the girls going through recruitment together.
Basically, it’s just coming up with your schedule for the next round.
Okay, I know this is a lot of information!
It might even be a little confusing!
The main takeaway is:
It’s not super important to understand how the sororities vote.
It’s much more important to understand your vote!
Sorority recruitment is really all a numbers game!
The girls with the best numbers make it to bid day.
Let me know if you have any questions about this topic.