FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Spring recruitment Info session is January 12th!
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.
Does the Panhellenic Council have a Spring Recruitment process?
Yes, the University of Florida does have a Spring Recruitment process which begins on January 12, 2021. We will be hosting an info session January 12 at 6:30 p.m. 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. Letters of recommendation are not required for Spring Recruitment.
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.
What is a PNM?
PNM stands for Potential New Member. This is any woman looking to join a Panhellenic chapter.
Questions Concerning Recruitment
If you have any questions regarding the Recruitment process, please refer to the Recruitment FAQ or contact Olivia T., our Membership Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay connected with UF Panhellenic on the website, Facebook and Instagram for more details.