F.A.Q.

PRIMARY RECRUITMENT

Who is allowed to join a Panhellenic sorority?
To be eligible, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum of 12 credit hours earned from accredited institution. Please note that credit hours earned by examination or Advanced Placement (AP) do not count towards this minimum. If you believe you have a unique circumstance and would like to discuss your options, please find email the PHA Advisor whose information you can find on sfl.osu.edu.

Can I join a sorority as an upper-level student or a transfer student?
Yes, it is common for upper-level student and transfer students alike participate in recruitment! Transfer students who participate in recruitment during their first semester at Ohio State use their grades from their previous institution for eligibility determination. Cumulative GPA will be based on information available in the Student Information System (SIS) through the Registrar.

When can I join a sorority?
Primary Recruitment, which occurs during Spring Semester, is typically your first opportunity to participate in our mutual-selection recruitment process. It typically takes place over the course of two weeks: January 12-16 and January 22-23. Primary Recruitment consists of four rounds that allow PNMs to learn about each chapter in our council and how they display Panhellenic values. It concludes with Bid Day, a celebratory event with one’s new chapter.

 

Primary Recruitment is not the only way to join! You may want to instead participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) also known as Informal Recruitment. COB begins soon after Bid Day, but not all chapters are eligible to participate. A chapter must be under Chapter Total in order to host COB events. Chapter Total is the allowable PHA chapter size on campus as determined by the median number of all chapter members per group. If you are interested in COB, please complete a COB/Informal Interest Form on the PHA website ohiostatepha.com. Your form will be shared with every chapter under Chapter Total that has elected to participate in COB. The Ohio State University Panhellenic Association does not have a formalized recruitment process during Fall Semester, but COB will be open to those PNMs eligible. Please note that chapter eligibility changes each semester.

When is Primary Recruitment?

You must register by Friday, January 7, 2022, to participate in Primary Recruitment.

 

The first week of Primary Recruitment is from January 12-16. It kicks off with Potential New Member (PNM) Orientation on Wednesday evening. Then Meet the Chapters Round is split between Thursday and Friday evenings, Philanthropy Round is on Saturday, and Sisterhood Round is on Sunday.

 

The second week of Primary Recruitment is from January 22-23. Preference Round is on Saturday, and Bid Day is on Sunday.

What is the Primary Recruitment schedule?

Meet the Chapters Round (18 Chapters)

Date and Time: Thursday 1/13 from 6:40-8:55pm, Friday 1/14 from 6:20-10:15pm

Mode: Virtual via Phone Call

 

Meet the Chapters Round will take place in two parts. First, you will watch each chapter’s introduction video with your recruitment group. Then, you will speak to active members over the phone. You will get a chance to meet every chapter and to hear a little bit about what makes them special. This is a chance to ask about time commitment, cost of membership, and what they like about their chapter! Each party will be 10 minutes with a five-minute break before the next party. There is no suggested attire for this round and you will not be face-to-face with active members.

 

Philanthropy Round (12 Chapters Maximum)

Date and Time: Saturday 1/15 from 10:30am- 9:45pm

Mode: In-Person or via Zoom if Virtual

 

Philanthropy Round will introduce you to each chapter’s philanthropic focus and what they do to support their philanthropic partner(s). Be prepared to talk about why philanthropy and service are important to you. Each party will be 30 minutes with a 15-minute break before the next party. The suggested attire for this round is snappy casual as however you would define that to be (i.e. a cute top and nice jeans or pants). If you want to dress differently, all power to you! This process is about being your most authentic self.

 

Sisterhood Round (7 Chapters Maximum)

Date and Time: Sunday 1/16 from 9:00am-7:45pm

Mode: In-Person or via Zoom if Virtual

 

Sisterhood Round will introduce you to each chapter’s sisterhood and their favorite parts of membership. Conversations often get deeper this round, so don’t be surprised! Each party will be 45 minutes with a 15-minute break before the next party. The suggested attire for this round is business casual (i.e. a nice top and skirt or pants). Again, feel free to dress in what you are most comfortable and uniquely expresses who you are! A good rule of thumb is that your outfits should get a bit “fancier” for each round but should not require any additional purchasing of outfit pieces for this process alone.

 

Preference Round (2 Chapters Maximum)

Date and Time: Saturday 1/22 from 11:00am-6:15pm

Mode: In-Person or via Zoom if Virtual

 

Preference Round will allow you to participate in a ritual ceremony and to speak in more depth with active members about their chapter experience. Conversations will likely be very personal and dig deeper into what it means to make a lifetime sorority commitment: after all, you are talking to people who may become your sisters/siblings! Each party will be 60 minutes with a 15-minute break before the next party. The suggested attire for this round is business professional (i.e. a dress or suit). Dress differently if you would like! This is your final opportunity to connect with the chapters, so ask any lingering questions and wear what feels true to you!

 

Bid Day (1 Chapter)

Date and Time: Sunday 1/23 from 4:00-8:00pm*

Mode: In-Person or via Zoom if Virtual

 

Bid Day will allow you to celebrate with your new chapter! After you open your bid card, you will head home with fellow new members and Recruitment Guides in your chapter. The suggested attire for this round is casual and comfortable (i.e. leggings or sweatpants). Keep in mind that you will likely get a shirt or sweatshirt when you arrive to your chapter facility! *Time subject to change.

What is PHA sorority membership all about?

Sorority & Fraternity Life membership has too many perks to count! When you join a chapter, you open the door to lifelong friendships with individuals that share your values and interests. You also get connected with alumni members, who have a career network that often benefits members as they enter the workforce and take next steps in life.

 

Every organization has goals to lead with integrity and advocates for their members. As a council, we encourage active engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and education. Many chapters have strong opportunities for growth and development in many areas. As stated in our Code of Ethics, all Panhellenic members agree to “promote and educate ourselves on all matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all Panhellenic affairs and events, as well as our daily lives.” Sorority membership is about working towards common goals to make yourself and your fellow members better. You will always be surrounded by a group of people from various backgrounds who are connected to each other by shared core values.

How do I know which chapter is right for me?

The Ohio State Sorority & Fraternity Life community has four governing councils that represent a combined total of over 60 chapters. Find more information on all chapters and councils visit sfl.osu.edu. Each chapter is devoted to academic excellence, community service, leadership development, philanthropy, and siblinghood. The Panhellenic Association has 18 chapters on campus. 

 

The best way to find the right organization for you is to participate in this process with an open mind. Sounds a bit cliché but often times preconceived notions can get in the way of you giving a great group honest and engaged consideration. Determine which sorority aligns most with your reasons for going through this process and which sorority’s active members you connected with on a significant level. Sorority & Fraternity Life membership is a lifelong commitment, so it is very important to find the chapter that is the best fit for you!

If a Panhellenic chapter is not for you, it does not mean that you cannot go Greek! We suggest exploring chapters in the Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC) or the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Though some chapters have culturally based foundings, it does not mean that their membership is exclusively one identity. Learn more about all councils at sfl.osu.edu

How do I know which chapter is right for me?

Most chapters help their members to develop study skills and to set academic and professional goals for themselves. For the last 45 consecutive terms, the cumulative GPA for students in Sorority & Fraternity Life has been above the all-undergraduate GPA. In addition to our high academic achievement, we also consistently hold a higher average of leadership roles on campus than our non-Greek counterparts. Many organizations at Ohio State encourage or even require their members to be involved in additional activities like clubs and community service. You are a student first, so we encourage you to find balance in co-curricular engagement and seek out wellness resources as needed by using the Ohio State app!

Do I have to live in the chapter house if I join a sorority?​

It really depends on what chapter you join! Not every chapter has a facility, and those who do have facilities vary with their live-in requirements. Some organizations require their members to live in the chapter house, but not all do. Most chapter facilities also count towards the Ohio State second-year live-on-campus requirement. Chapter facilities are often significantly less expensive than university housing, but costs vary by organizations depending on the services offered. Most facilities offer meal plans, laundry, and other amenities.

What do chapters look for when recruiting new members?

A few areas that chapters often take into consideration include academic achievement, community service, university involvement, and personal character. Above all, they want you to be yourself! Bring the best version of yourself as you are able and we are very hopeful you will find an organization of mutual best fit. 

If my parents weren’t involved in Sorority & Fraternity Life when they were in college, will this affect me?

No organization on campus requires you to be related to another member of a Greek letter organization to join. A student who has any family members in Sorority & Fraternity Life organizations is often called a “legacy.” Due to the exclusionary nature of these legacy policies, many organizations have begun to significantly reduce the preferential impact or eliminate their legacy policies so that all potential new members have an equitable chance to join. The following organizations on campus have eliminated preferential treatment for legacies: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

What is the new member process?

The new member process refers to the time between being a given a “bid” or “invitation to join” and being initiated. During this period, new members learn more in-depth information about the organization they are joining through a formal new member education curriculum.

Can I join a sorority if I do not drink alcohol?

Drinking is neither required nor promoted in our community. Although most organizations host social events involving alcohol, these are not the central focus of any organization. Students that consume alcohol under the age of 21 jeopardize their chapter membership and open themselves to disciplinary action under Ohio State’s Student Code of Conduct, State and Federal laws.

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