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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 an 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 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 and transfer students alike to 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 11-15 and January 21-23. 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 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 eligible PNMs. Please note that chapter eligibility changes each semester.

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 the next steps in life.

Every organization has goals to lead with integrity and advocate for its 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 improve yourself and your fellow members. 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 representing a total of over 60 chapters. For 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 preconceived notions can get in the way of 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 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 cultural or religious-based foundings, it does not mean that their membership is exclusively one identity. Learn more about all councils at sfl.osu.edu

How does chapter life help my educational journey?

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 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 balance 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 with 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 organization 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, would this affect me?

No organization on campus requires you to be related to another member of a Greek letter organization to join. A student with 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 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, and State, and Federal laws.

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