Panhellenic Council

The University of Mississippi

Frequently Asked Questions

Recruitment Registration Deadline

Students must be registered and paid before deadline. Registration deadline is September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm CST.

2015 Registration Fees

Cost: $150 May 1 – July 31

$175 August 1 – August 31

$200 September 1 – 7

* Students must be registered and paid before deadline to participate in formal recruitment

GPA

As required by the National Panhellenic Conference, there is no GPA requirement to participate in formal recruitment at the University of Mississippi. However, some sororities have individual requirements to extend a membership invitation. The typical sorority average to extend a membership invitation is a 3.00 GPA. Women who have below a 3.00 GPA are advised they are at a greater risk to be released from the formal recruitment process due to their academics. With the amount of women who participate in the formal recruitment process, GPA tends to be a characteristic all groups strongly consider, especially after the first round of formal recruitment. Being released from formal recruitment or receiving a membership invitation through the formal recruitment process is due to a wide variety of factors that are ultimately up to the sororities. GPA is only one of those factors, but there is much weight placed on GPA.

For formal recruitment 2014, high school students who joined a sorority had an average GPA of 3.59 while college students had an average GPA of 3.42.

To help students understand how their GPA may affect their formal recruitment experience, Panhellenic Council created Grade Zones to show how academics may factor in formal recruitment.

GPA Zones

Green Zone = Your options are not likely to be limited based on your GPA. (3.0 + )

Yellow Zone = Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA. (2.8 – 2.99)

Red Zone = Your options are very likely to be limited based on GPA. (2.79 and below)

Transcripts

Students should submit their final high school or college transcripts after graduation or course completion. Grades are verified by the transcripts on file with the University of Mississippi. The cumulative GPA on the transcript is the one used for formal recruitment.

Students should make sure their academic transcripts reflect a cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale. Because your high school or college understands your courses and credits best, Fraternity & Sorority Life and the university do not calculate a cumulative GPA. Please make sure the cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale is listed on the transcript before it is mailed to the university.

Transcripts are mailed to:

Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.

Alcohol EDU/Haven

At the University of Mississippi, first year students (i.e. Freshmen, Transfer, etc.) must complete the Alcohol EDU and Haven courses. Students participating in Panhellenic formal recruitment must complete part 1 of the Alcohol EDU course and the Haven course prior to formal recruitment beginning. Students who do not complete Part 1 and the Haven course before round 1 of recruitment may not participate in formal recruitment.

To learn more about Alcohol EDU and Haven, including how to receive access to the course or timing of each part, visit the Office of Health Promotions at http://healthpromotion.olemiss.edu/alcolhol-edu/.

Registration FAQ’s

How do I know if the Panhellenic Council has received my online registration form?

You should reach a conformation email once you click “Submit” when registering online. If you don’t reach the conformation page, please email olemisspanhellenic@gmail.com. You will also receive an emailed receipt for your registration fees when paid.

Once a student registers for formal recruitment, they will begin receiving email updates from Panhellenic Council. Information is provided by email, website, and social media, therefore students will not receive information through the mail.

I forgot something on my application or my residence hall location has changed, how do I update my application?

Log back into Campus Director (https://olemiss.mycampusdirector.com/register/) with the log in information you created and edit your application. All edits must be completed before September 7.

Formal Recruitment Dates, Event Schedule, & What to Wear

  • Formal recruitment 2016 is October 9-16, 2016.
  • Before formal recruitment begins, students have the opportunity to participate in C.A.R.E. Walk, a charity walk sponsored by Panhellenic Council. Tentatively scheduled during the first week of classes.
  • Panhellenic’s CARE Walk will be scheduled soon!
  • Panhellenic Convocation is October 2, 2016.

Round 1 Greek Day (Sunday, October 9, 2016)

Number Visited: All 11 sororities
What to Expect: You’ll learn about sorority life, including the benefits of membership along with financial, academic, and housing obligations of being a member.
What to wear: Panhellenic provides you with a Greek day shirt to wear and the rest is up to you. Wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking.

Round 2 Philanthropy Day (Monday, October 10, 2016 & Tuesday, October 11, 2016)

Number Visited: Up to 8 sororities
What to Expect: You’ll learn about their philanthropy, community service, and campus involvement.
What to wear: Panhellenic provides you with a philanthropy day shirt to wear and the rest is up to you. Remember to choose comfortable shoes!

Round 3 Sisterhood Day (Thursday, October 13, 2016 & Friday, October 14, 2016)

Number Visited: Up to 5 sororities
What to Expect: These highly energetic parties provide an insight into their sisterhood. You’ll talk with members to gain a greater perspective of their sisterhood and how they celebrate their sorority.
What to wear: Dressy casual attire, such as a dress, skirt or pants with a blouse, paired with flats so you can walk comfortably!

Round 4 Preference (Saturday, October 15, 2015)

Number Visited: Up to 2 sororities
What to Expect: As this is the final event of formal recruitment, conversation is intimate and more on the serious side. From the sororities you are invited to for this round, you will select the one(s) you wish to receive a membership invitation.
What to wear: This round is more formal attire, such as a semi-formal or cocktail dress or business attire, paired with comfortable shoes.

Bid Day (Sunday, October 16, 2016)

What to Expect: You’ll meet with your recruitment counselor and group in the Grove to receive your membership invitation.
What to wear: Shorts or pants and a shirt. New members are given letters when they arrive at the sorority.

Recommendation Letters

  • Recommendation letters are written by alumna in good standing of the sorority.
  • Letters of support are not necessary during the formal recruitment process.
  • Recommendation letters are not required by the university or Panhellenic Council, however are required by sororities.
  • Sororities do expect PNMs to complete the recommendation letter process as outlined by their national sorority. Visit their national and local websites to learn more about their recommendation letter process, including forms, mailing addresses, deadlines, and who to contact.
  • You can locate sorority local websites here: http://dos.orgsync.com/org/umgreeks/npcfaqs
  • Sororities at Ole Miss have requested that recommendation letters be sent as soon as available and if possible, before September 5, 2016. Some sororities will accept recommendation letters after this date.
  • The individual completing the recommendation for the PNM should mail it directly to the local sororities.
  • PNMS should not send test scores or transcripts to local sororities.
  • Sororities at Ole Miss have requested that photo collages, videos, and any food items not be sent to the sorority, including during formal recruitment.

Click the sorority name to learn more about their recruitment process, including recommendation letters.

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority

Alpha Phi Sorority

Chi Omega Sorority

Delta Delta Delta Sorority

Delta Gamma Sorority

Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

Kappa Delta Sorority

Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority

Phi Mu Sorority

Pi Beta Phi Sorority

 

Who writes recommendation letters

An alumna of a sorority can fill out a letter of recommendation for a potential new member. The alumna can be from any university or college, however she must be in good standing with her sorority. Some sororities also allow current collegians to submit letters of recommendation as long as they are not a current active member of the chapter they are sending the recommendation to.

What if I don’t know anyone who could write me a letter of recommendation?

We encourage you to consider family, friends, parent’s work colleagues, or other people within your life that you may not be aware they are a sorority woman.

In exhausting the first option, another avenue is reaching out to local Alumnae Panhellenic Associations which represent all 26 (inter)national sororities within the National Panhellenic Conference. You can contact the local alumnae Panhellenic group, Oxford Area Alumnae Panhellenic, at oxfordareanpc@gmail.com.

You can also search on the National Panhellenic Conference website to find an Alumnae Panhellenic Association in your area. https://www.npcwomen.org/

Contact the inter/national organization as they often can connect you with someone who provides support in securing recommendation letters.

Where to send recommendation letters

Below are the mailing addresses for Panhellenic sororities for Formal Recruitment 2016:

Alpha Delta Pi

P.O. Box 1178 Oxford MS 38655

Alpha Omicron Pi

P.O. Box 1238 Oxford MS 38655

Alpha Phi

PMB 9465, 115 Northgate Drive, Suite 112, University, MS 38677

Chi Omega

P.O. Box 1268 Oxford MS 38655

Delta Delta Delta

P.O. Box 607 Oxford MS 38655

Delta Gamma

P.O. Box 1300 Oxford MS 38655

Kappa Alpha Theta

P.O. Box 2289 Oxford MS 38655

Kappa Delta

P.O. Box 626 Oxford MS 38655

Kappa Kappa Gamma

P.O. Box 1400 Oxford MS 38655

Phi Mu

PMB 307 1501 West Jackson STE 113 Oxford MS 38655

Pi Beta Phi

PO Box 303, 1501 W. Jackson Suite 113 Oxford MS 38655

Financial Obligations

Membership in a sorority includes dues paid to the local and national organization for operating costs. Membership dues may include:

  • Meals
  • House staff salaries
  • Use of facility, house maintenance and renovations, and insurance costs,
  • Social events, including shirts or gifts
  • International and local dues
  • Educational programming
  • Leadership development and materials
  • Community service projects and philanthropic support

Sororities have provided their financial obligations in ranges. Please note the following: these are only ranges; may not include all associated costs for each sorority; subject to change; student needs to talk with active members during recruitment events to learn more, especially when payments are due after bid day.

In House Member Dues Per Semester Out of House Member Dues Per Semester New Member Dues: Fall Semester New Member Dues: Spring Semester
$2,900-$4,300 $1,550-$2,200 $1,240-$2,500 $1,530-$2,200

Meal Plans

The University of Mississippi requires all freshman to have a university meal plan. Students can choose any meal plan that works best for them. You can learn more about meal plans by visiting the Ole Miss Dining website.If a student joins a fraternity or sorority, their membership dues include meals at the house, when available. Typically this is breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday-Friday, with dinner not available on Fridays and no meals on Saturday or Sunday.If a student is a member of a fraternity or sorority in the spring semester of their freshman year, there is an opportunity for them to switch to a Greek meal plan, which you can learn more about here. For more information about meal plans, view the Dining FAQ’s or contact Ole Miss Dining Services.