The Panhellenic Council sponsors formal sorority recruitment each year during the fall semester. Formal recruitment is always planned during the beginning weeks of the fall semester so it does not interfere with too much of your schoolwork. Recruitment involves a few days of open houses that allow you to preview sorority life at Ball State and five days of recruitment activities. Through different recruitment activities such as philanthropic projects, lots of conversation and a short presentation by the sorority women themselves, you can get an idea of what sisterhood means to each individual chapter. The last day of recruitment is what we call “Bid Day,” where, if you choose to participate, may receive your formal invitation of membership to join a sorority.
Each day in the schedule has a different atmosphere where it could range from relaxed feel to a more formal feel. The Panhellenic Council executive board and recruitment guides (or Pi Chis) organize these different events of recruitment. You will tour these recruitment activities in a group lead by a Pi Chi. This is referred to as your “recruitment group,” and each group sticks together throughout the entire week, supporting each other through the recruitment process.
Recruitment is an exciting and fun experience that allows you to make new friends with both your recruitment group and the chapters you visit. We urge you to consider the recruitment process as a way of becoming a member of the Panhellenic Association and the Greek community as a whole. We hope you keep an open mind about all the chapters. Look at what each sorority has to offer and what makes it stand apart from the others. After all, together we share a common goal. Please check our sorority profile section for more information about each chapter.
Remember, going through recruitment does not obligate you to join a chapter. However, by participating in formal recruitment you can gain a better idea of what sorority life is all about.
To participate in Formal Recruitment you need to complete the registration form.
Sorority recruitment is informally structured each spring. Each sorority has different dates and length for when it conducts recruitment. At the beginning of each spring semester, the Panhellenic Council sponsors a sorority informational that allows you to learn about which sororities may be conducting spring recruitment.
We recommend contacting the chapters that interest you. The recruitment process works best when you take the initiative. Contact the chapters that you might be interested in directly. Please check the sorority profile page of our Web site and the Web site of each sorority for recruitment dates, details, and contact information. Keep in mind that not all chapters participate in spring recruitment.
Ball State is home to one traditionally Latina sorority, Gamma Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. and one traditionally Multicultural sorority, Gamma Rho Lambda. These sororities are associate members of the Panhellenic Council, but do not participate in Panhellenic Formal Recruitment. Gamma Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. participates in a membership intake process which includes attending an informational session, formal application, and letters of recommendation. Gamma Rho Lambda participates in an informal recruitment process. The chapter will host recruitment events early in both the fall and spring semesters.
Here are some recruitment tips to help you:
• look at a large number of sororities before making your decision
• ask questions because sorority members are eager to help you in your decision
• be confident in yourself,
• take your time when making your decision
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