FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Fall recruitment registration is closed!
What advice does the Panhellenic Council have for PNMs participating in Recruitment this year?
The greatest piece of advice our council has to offer PNMs this year is to be yourself! Our community is built upon authentic friendship and the development of character through sisterhood, both of which rely on honesty and bravery on the part of PNMs and chapter women in being vulnerable during Recruitment. This past year has created unique challenges in each of our lives, and we believe that the ways in which we deal with challenges reveal our true character. Despite great distances and emotional hardships, our community has remained strong in sisterhood and has continued to uphold the ideals upon which we were founded: to be a place of love, comfort, and support for women on college campuses. Our community cannot wait to meet the authentic you this Fall and walk with you during your time at the University of Florida. Come to Recruitment with an open heart, trust yourself, and know that no matter where your time at UF takes you, you will always have an ally in our community.
Will Recruitment still be happening in the Fall given the status of COVID-19?
Following the National Panhellenic Conference recommendations, the Panhellenic Council has developed four contingency plans for Recruitment 2020 which utilize virtual and physically distant practices to ensure the safety of both our chapter members and Potential New Members. Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the Panhellenic Council has decided to move to Contingency Plan Option 3 for Fall Recruitment 2020
For an overview of our contingency plans, please click here.
What are the dates of 2020 Recruitment?
The updated dates for Fall Recruitment 2020 can be found on the Recruitment Information tab of our website. 2020 Fall Recruitment will take place on August 19-29.
When is early move-in for Potential New Members?
Early move-in for Potential New Members will take place on August 18-20. All registered PNMs who are living in On-Campus housing for the Fall 2020 semester will be able to move-in during this window. Once a PNM has registered for Recruitment, her information will be sent to the UF Housing Department and her move-in date will be updated automatically. Please be patient in allowing the Housing Department to update move-in dates.
How do I submit my 90-second PNM Introduction Video to the Panhellenic Council?
PNMs are required to submit an introduction video to the Panhellenic Council by August 10 at 11:59 PM. To submit your video, please click here to view the guidelines or head to the Recruitment Information tab and scroll down to the PNM Video Submission Information section to view the instructions for the videos and access the link to submit your video.
Where can I find information about semester dues and will these change as a result of COVID-19?
Specific chapter operations including meal plans, finances, etc. are determined individually by each chapter and their national organization. The Financial Information tab on our website provides a range of typical semester dues - these may be altered due to COVID-19. During Round 2 of Recruitment, you will be provided with the financial information of each of the chapters that you visit and will have the opportunity to ask chapter women specific questions about finances, meal plans, etc.
What happens to my registration fee if I choose to withdraw my registration application or withdraw from the Recruitment process?
As stated on the Recruitment registration form, the Recruitment registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee is not transferable to any future semesters, as each Recruitment process is its own entity.
Does the Panhellenic Council have a Spring Recruitment process?
Yes, the University of Florida does have a Spring Recruitment process which typically begins toward the end of January each year. This process is informal, meaning there is no registration or fee required to participate. Please note that typically only about half of our chapters participate in Spring Recruitment each year.
What are recommendations and do I need them?
Recommendations are letters or statements from a sorority alumna recommending a Potential New Member for sorority membership. Sometimes it can be difficult for chapters to secure recommendations for all PNMs so it can be helpful for them to receive recommendations; however, recommendations are not required to participate in Panhellenic Recruitment. Additionally, there is no advantage to having more than one recommendation for a chapter. Please note: a PNM should not contact chapters about recommendations – it is only appropriate for an alumna to contact her chapter.
If I have a recommendation, where should I send it?
Recommendation letters should be emailed to the email address of the individual chapter. Email addresses may be found on our website under the Recommendations tab. There is no specific due date; however, letters need to be received via email by the time Recruitment begins.
What should I wear during Recruitment?
The attire for Recruitment gets more formal as the Rounds progress. The Panhellenic Council has a Pinterest page with suggestions for what to wear during each Round. Ultimately, you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and most like yourself! Keep in mind that since all Rounds of Recruitment 2020 will take place virtually, you will only be visible from the waist-up.
If I participate in Recruitment, am I obligated to join a chapter?
No, you are not obligated to join a chapter. Many women choose to go through Recruitment to meet people and make new friends. Recruitment is an opportunity for you to visit our chapters, get a glimpse of Greek life, and assess whether or not you would like to be a part of the UF Greek community.
May I participate in UF Recruitment as a student at Santa Fe College?
To participate in UF Recruitment, you must be a primary, degree-seeking University of Florida student enrolled in at least 1 credit hour.
Can PaCE, Innovation Academy, and/or online students participate in Panhellenic Recruitment?
You must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour and be classified as a degree-seeking student at the University of Florida to participate in Panhellenic Recruitment. Each chapter may have its own requirements for how many credits a woman must be enrolled in to be an active member of its organization and this may be acquired directly from the chapter women during Recruitment. Please note that chapters will have events and policies which require that members be present in Gainesville in order to be considered an active member. *Note: these policies may be altered due to the status of COVID-19.
What if I only want to be in a certain chapter?
Potential New Members often experience the greatest disappointment by beginning the Recruitment process only wanting to be in a specific chapter. Sorority membership is more than wearing Greek letters. It is giving your time and energy to the chapter, agreeing to abide by all its rules and regulations, and living up to high expectations. Don’t make a decision based on stereotypes and others’ opinions. Keep an open mind, focus on your values, and make the decision that is right for you.
I have heard that chapters have different reputations. How do I handle this information?
The only opinion of a chapter that should matter is yours. Each chapter is different from campus to campus and from year to year. If you allow someone else’s perceptions to influence you, then you may not feel satisfied with your choices during Recruitment. Remember that each chapter is made up of many different women with different talents and qualities. If you hear derogatory remarks about any chapter, please disregard those comments as inappropriate rumors that are against the Panhellenic spirit. It is very important to keep an open mind about each chapter throughout the process and not to dismiss a certain chapter based on rumors or stereotypes.
I am going through Recruitment as an upperclassman and have heard that this will put me at a disadvantage, is this true?
UF Panhellenic has implemented a selection process that gives sophomores, juniors and seniors a fair opportunity at Recruitment. The selection process is called Upperclassmen Quota. With this, you go through Recruitment as usual, but when you preference your chapters after each round you do not compete with freshmen because there are two separate pools (upperclassmen and freshmen). This system makes the process much fairer, and you do not have to worry about being at a disadvantage because of your classification. More information from the Upperclassmen Recruitment Info Session can be found here.
I am a legacy to a sorority - what should I know?
Each Potential New Member is considered on an individual basis; a legacy is no more obligated to join a particular chapter than the chapter is obligated to offer a bid to her. The PNM and the chapter should be looking for compatibility, not necessarily a family connection to the group. Panhellenic has no policies regarding legacies because each chapter has its own policy, and Panhellenic has no input in individual chapter membership decisions. More specific questions regarding legacies should be directed by alumna to the individual chapters.
How do the chapters decide who to invite back for each round?
As your Recruitment schedule is reduced from round to round, so is the number of women each chapter is allowed to invite back. Every Potential New Member has something to offer a chapter, but chapters are required to release some PNMs. In deciding which PNMs to invite back and which to release, each chapter has a democratic voting process. In other words, one or a few women cannot guarantee that a PNM will receive an invitation to the next round. Additionally, chapters are not required to offer a bid to their legacies. Most importantly, a chapter woman should never imply or promise a PNM that she will be returning to that chapter for any subsequent round(s).
What is a PNM?
PNM stands for Potential New Member. This is any woman looking to join a Panhellenic chapter.
Signing the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement
The preferential bidding system is a method in which Potential New Members’ preferences are matched to sororities’ preference lists. Following your last Preferential Round event, you will meet with a Panhellenic representative to sign a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). You must maintain complete silence between each Preferential Round event from the time you leave your last house until you sign your MRABA. You may ask a Recruitment Executive Officer for assistance. However, remember the silent period is important to ensure that your decision is yours and yours alone.
On your MRABA you will be asked to list, in order of preference, the sorority/sororities you wish to join, and you will sign your MRABA with the understanding that you are willing to accept a bid from the group(s) listed. If a bid is extended to you from one of your choices and you decide not to accept it, you will not be eligible to participate in Continuous Open Bidding and/or Recruitment until 2021 Formal Recruitment.
Remember that the decision you indicate on your MRABA is binding for one year. If you attend more than one Preferential Round event, a Panhellenic representative will encourage you to list more than one sorority on your MRABA because this maximizes your opportunity to receive a bid. Once you have signed and turned in your MRABA, it cannot be changed. You should also not reveal to anyone what choices you made because there is no guarantee of which group you will match to. If there is ever any problem with your MRABA, only a Panhellenic representative will contact you about it.
Questions Concerning Recruitment
If you have any questions regarding the Recruitment process, please refer to the Recruitment FAQ or contact Hannah R., our Membership Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay connected with UF Panhellenic on the website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more details.