WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL SORORITY RECRUITMENT?

What’s the difference between formal and informal sorority recruitment?

Where do I even start? There’s so much that goes into each one!

B U T… here are the basics. Formal recruitment is much larger and more competitive process. More girls go through formal recruitment.

Why?

It’s simple. They are able to meet all the sororities. They are able to have the experience you see in the movies. They get dressed up. They go through rounds and rounds of small talk. Then, they get to Pref and make their final decision. After hours of work, they run home to their new sorority and meet all their sisters.

Formal recruitment is great. However, it’s not the right fit for everyone.

Today, I am going to breakdown formal and informal recruitment. I am going to answer all the questions you might have. If you still have questions, email sloan@gettingthebid.com!

Don’t forget it’s okay to go through formal recruitment and informal recruitment. You are not shunned or looked at differently for going through informal recruitment!

You have to do whatever is right for you!


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FORMAL RECRUITMENT.

BREAKDOWN.

You need to sign up for sorority recruitment and pay the fee.

Okay let’s get real, formal recruitment requires a little bit of preparation.

You have to create a social resume and cover letters.

You have to get as many recommendation letters as you can. 

You need to reach out to all the sorority members you know.

Why is it important to reach out? Click HERE.



How the formal recruitment process works.

The day before formal recruitment you will have a meeting. There you will be assigned a recruitment counselor. Your recruitment counselor is a sorority member, but you will not know which sorority she is in. She will serve as a mentor and a shoulder to cry on.

At this meeting, you will learn all the basics of sorority recruitment. They will go over the rules and what to expect.

Want to learn more about recruitment counselors? Click HERE. 



Each round is broken down into a theme. Like open house, philanthropy, and sisterhood. 

The first day of formal recruitment is Round One. During this round, you will meet every Panhellenic sorority. 

After Round One is completed, you will vote on the sororities you want to visit for the next round. The sororities will also vote on all of the girls going through recruitment. 

Then the morning of the next round, you will receive your list of sororities to visit. 

The same process will continue until Pref. 

After Pref, you will vote on your #1 sorority. You can choose to maximize your options or to do a single preference vote. 

Want to learn more about a single preference vote? Click HERE. 




WHEN DOES FORMAL RECRUITMENT TAKE PLACE?

It can take place in Fall or Spring. You need to look at your college’s Panhellenic website. 




DO ALL SORORITIES PARTICIPATE IN FORMAL RECRUITMENT?

Y E S !




WHAT TYPE OF PNM (POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER) CAN GO THROUGH FORMAL RECRUITMENT?

Any girl can go through sorority recruitment. However if you don’t meet the required GPA, you may be dropped from a majority of the sororities. 

Want to learn more about the importance of grades? Click HERE. 



anyone can go through sorority recruitment


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It depends on your college.

Just an FYI: Most colleges will increase the price as it gets closer to formal recruitment. 


DO YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT a BID?

N O ! It’s completely up to you. 

If you decide to accept a bid from a sorority and want to drop, you will have to wait a year before going through recruitment again. 


DO YOU NEED REC LETTERS?

Recruitment letters are an important part of formal recruitment. They help sororities get to know you better. 

REC letters are not required to join a sorority.

Want to know more about REC letters? Click HERE.


WHAT TO WEAR?

The best way to find out what to wear is to look at the sororities’ Instagrams. Your Panhellenic website should also have a guide. 

Still looking for ideas? Click HERE.


IS EVERYONE GUARANTEED A BID?

Sadly, no. 


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU ACCEPT A BID?

After you accept a bid, you will get in a group with your pledge class. 

Then, you run home to your sorority. AKA Bid Day starts!

From Bid Day until you are initiated, you are labeled as a new member. Your life will be made up of attending new member meetings, socializing with sisters, finding your big, and going to sorority events.

Finally, you will be initiated. 

what happens after you accept a bid


Pros of formal recruitment:

  • You get to meet every sorority. 

  • You get to meet a lot of the sorority members.

  • You get to vote on the sororities you want to visit. 


Cons of formal recruitment. 

  • Long days. 

  • The possibility of getting cut from sororities you love. 

  • Gossip. Getting lost in the process. Relying on reputations.  



INFORMAL RECRUITMENT.

BREAKDOWN.

The first step is to fill out the interest form online. To find this form, google your colleges’ name and informal recruitment.

Then, the sororities participating in informal recruitment will contact you to come to an event. These events will be fun and casual. Most likely these events will take place at night.

Here are some examples of the events. You might meet a couple of sisters for coffee or come to the sorority house and do an activity.

It’s less small talk and more get to know you talk. It’s like hanging out with some new friends. 

After the event, the sorority sisters who you talked to will vote. You don’t vote on the sorority. 

When do you get a bid?

It really depends. Some sororities give bids out after the first event. Other times sororities give bids out after several events. However, it’s important to realize the sororities don’t give bids out to every girl. 


WHAT IF YOU DIDN’T FILL OUT THE INTEREST FORM AND A SORORITY CONTACTS YOU?

In this case, it means a sorority member thinks you will be a good fit. Maybe your friends nominated you or someone in your class. 

You can choose to go to the event or turn it down. It’s totally up to you!


WHEN DOES INFORMAL RECRUITMENT TAKE PLACE?

It can take place in Fall or Spring. You need to look at your college’s Panhellenic website. 

However if your college’s formal recruitment is in the Spring, you have to be a Sophomore (or Junior or Senior) to participate in informal recruitment during the Fall. 


DO ALL SORORITIES PARTICIPATE IN INFORMAL RECRUITMENT?

N O . Only sororities that are under quota participate in informal recruitment.

What’s quota?

Basically, it’s the number of members Panhellenic requires each sorority to have. This number is different for every college. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say Delta Nu has 90 members. The quota is set at 100 members. Then, Delta Nu needs 10 more members. 

only sororities under quota participate.


WHAT TYPE OF PNM CAN GO THROUGH INFORMAL RECRUITMENT?

All girls who are going through informal recruitment have to be full time students and have to meet the required GPA. 

Additionally, pnms can be:

  1. Girls who went through formal recruitment and did not receive a bid (girls who were dropped by all of the sororities).

  2. Girls who did not go through formal recruitment.

  3. Girls who dropped out of formal recruitment.

WHAT IF YOU RECEIVED A BID AND DROPPED BEFORE YOU WERE INITIATED, CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN INFORMAL RECRUITMENT?

N O . If you receive a bid from a sorority, you cannot participate in any type of sorority recruitment until the next  F O R M A L  recruitment.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It’s free to sign up for informal recruitment. It’s free to participate.

However, some schools may require you to pay a small fee once you accept a bid. For example, the University of Michigan charges the sorority $30 per new member. The new member pays this fee. 


DO YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT a BID?

N O . If you don’t feel like the bid is a good fit for you, you do  N O T  have to accept it. 

If you D O accept the bid, you will be required to sign a MRABA. The MRABA basically says you cannot participate in  A N Y  type of Panhellenic sorority recruitment until the next formal recruitment. It’s the same agreement you sign in formal recruitment. 

If you are on the fence about accepting the bid, you will have 24 hours to decide. After the 24 hours, your bid becomes void. 


DO YOU NEED REC LETTERS?

Technically no. 

Some women do recommend you get them. It’s really up to you. 

Usually if you are participating in informal recruitment, you know some of the members. These members will serve as your REC letters. 

AKA they will be telling their sisters how  A M A Z I N G  you are and how great of a member you will be!

rec letters are not mandatory


WHAT TO WEAR?

Informal recruitment is much more casual than formal recruitment. Most girls wear jeans and a cute shirt or a simple dress. Think like a first date. You don’t want to wear an oversized t-shirt or sweatpants or running shoes. You still want to look cute. 

Don’t forget informal recruitment is still sorority recruitment. Make sure you are showing off the best version of yourself and embracing your inner It Girl. 


IS EVERYONE GUARANTEED A BID?

Sadly, no. 


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU ACCEPT A BID?

It’s the same as accepting a bid during formal recruitment. 

You go to Bid Day. 

You go through the new member process. 

You receive a Big. 

You are initiated. 

The only difference is you have a smaller pledge class. Your pledge class is made up of all the girls who get initiated with you. 


PROS of informal recruitment.

  • It’s a more intimate process. You really get to know the sorority members. 

  • You get to choose which sororities you want to visit. 

  • No long days.  


CONS of informal recruitment.

  • You don’t get to visit every sorority. 

  • You only get to meet some of the sorority members. 

  • You don’t have a recruitment counselor to help you. 

Later Babes!

Sloan

PS. DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SORORITY RECRUITMENT? 

SCHEDULE A CALL WITH SLOAN.

 

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