Panhellenic Council

The University of Mississippi

College Panhellenic Primary Sorority Recruitment

Important Dates for Primary Recruitment 2019:

PNM Orientation, August 25, 2019

PNM Orientation is mandatory for all women registered for primary recruitment. During orientation, PNM’s will be introduced to their recruitment counselor (RC) and RC group. Women will also learn more about the process and what to expect.

CPH Convocation, September 8, 2019

PNM Convocation is a unique celebration put on each fall that honors the incoming recruitment class. This event is mandatory for all women participating in the primary recruitment process.

PNM Pre-Recruitment Educational Training (MANDATORY) will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Week of Recruitment Schedule/What to Wear:

Round 1 – Greek Day, September 22, 2019

Number Visited: All ten (10) 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 since there is a lot of walking.

Round 2 – Philanthropy Day, September 23-24, 2019

Number Visited: Up to eight (8) sororities

What to Expect: You’ll learn about the sororities’ philanthropies, 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, September 26-27, 2019

Number Visited: Up to five (5) sororities

What to Expect: These events will provide an insight into the sororities’ 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, September 28, 2019

Number Visited: Up to two (2) sororities

What to Expect: As this is the final event of Formal Recruitment, conversations are intimate and more on the serious side. From the sororities that have invited you to this round, you will select the one(s) from which you wish to receive a membership invitation.

What to Wear: This round is more formal attire, such as a semiformal or cocktail dress or business attire, paired with comfortable shoes.

Bid Day, September 29, 2019

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.  

Grade Requirements

As required by the National Panhellenic Conference, there is not a GPA requirement to participate in Formal Recruitment at the University of Mississippi.

The typical average to extend a sorority membership invitation is a 3.00 cumulative 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.

For Formal Recruitment 2018, high school students who joined a sorority had an average cumulative GPA of 3.68, while college students had an average cumulative GPA of 3.26.

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. Please note, grades are only one of many factors that chapters will consider in membership selection.                  

GPA Zones

  • Green Zone = Your options are not likely 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, Fraternal Leadership & Learning 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 should be mailed in as soon as possible and should be finalized by September 13, 2019.

Mail transcripts to:

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

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

Recommendation Letters

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