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Recruitment

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Schedule

Registration

Attire

Financial & Time Commitment

Letters of Recommendation

Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Fall Recruitment Schedule

 

Saturday, August 19th: Recruitment Kickoff! Check-In starts at 1:15PM

Sunday, August 20th: Open House Day 1

Monday, August 21st: Open House Day 2

Tuesday, August 22nd: No Formal Recruitment Activities!
Please take the time to prep for classes and explore other campus activities!

Wednesday, August 23rd: Involvement Day 1

Thursday, August 24th: Involvement Day 2

Friday, August 25th: Sisterhood Day

Saturday, August 26th: Preference

Sunday, August 27th: Bid Day!

Registration

When:

  • Registration will open in early May and close on August 17th.

How:

  • Follow the link, use for myUSC username and password, and pay the recruitment participation fee.
    • The online 2017 Sorority Recruitment Registration Form has been integrated into myUSC. If you have not been assigned a myUSC account, you will not be able to register for recruitment. Please contact USC’s IT department for assistance.
    • Please be sure you are registering for Panhellenic (PHC) Fall Formal Recruitment.

What you’ll need:

  • Basic personal information, just as you needed for your college application
  • List of extracurricular activities, honors, community service and work experience
  • A digital picture of yourself to upload and required to complete the application
    • Any type of headshot is preferable
    • Please make sure you are the only one in the photo and not wearing a hat or sunglasses
  • Credit card information to submit the application fee
  • Emergency contact information
  • Your social resume
    • It is not required, however you are welcome to upload it IN PDF FORMAT!
    • Here’s an example: Social Resume Sample
  • Any anticipated conflicts with Fall Formal Recruitment

Fees:

  • Regular registration fee: $80
  • Late registration fee (after June 30th): $100
  • Welcome week registration fee (after July 31st): $130

Eligibility:

  • Full-time USC student in good standing with the university as of Fall 2017.
  • Registered and paid recruitment participation fee through Campus Director.
  • Panhellenic does not require a minimum GPA, but please see the FAQs section for more information regarding the role of academic performance in the membership selection process.

Financial & Time Commitment

Each chapter has a financial requirement, which is important to take into consideration before registering for Recruitment. Membership fees vary by sorority, but they typically include membership dues, house fees, and room and board if you live in the chapter house. Living in the chapter house is a good way to decrease cost and is often cheaper than many other on and off campus housing options. Many sororities also offer online payment and payment plans. You can anticipate total fees using the projections below.

Living In-House Fees (per semester):

Average: $4475.54

Living Out-of-House Fees (per semester):

High: $2350

Average: $1765.28

New Member Fees (first semester):

High: $2932.25 

Average: $2011.95

Do I need letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are OPTIONAL, NOT required, and accepted by chapters individually. They are a good way for the chapters to learn more about you. If you feel strongly about submitting letters of recommendation, please be sure they are sent to the addresses below and are received before August 17th.

Alpha Chi Omega

c/o Cierra Barker

813 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alpha Delta Chi

727 West 32nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alpha Delta Pi

814 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alpha Gamma Delta

729 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Alpha Phi

643 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Delta Delta Delta

834 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Delta Gamma

639 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Gamma Phi Beta

References will be accepted

online via Beta Base.

Please look for reference

forms at: gammaphibeta.org.

Kappa Alpha Theta

Katherine Furgurson

653 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Attn: Reference Chair

Kappa Kappa Gamma

929 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Pi Beta Phi

667 West 28th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007

How to Be Recruitment Ready

√ Be sure to check your USC email for updates and reminders about recruitment

√ Follow USC Panhellenic Council on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which sorority is right for me?

The formal recruitment process at the University of Southern California is values-based. Values include service, scholarship, leadership, and sisterhood. Our trained recruitment counselors will guide you through the decision-making process using your Recruitment Guidebook.

Is there a minimum GPA required to join a sorority?

While Panhellenic has no minimum grade point average to participate in formal recruitment, each sorority strives to maintain a high chapter GPA. Therefore, each must consider a woman’s ability to adhere to the chapter’s scholastic standards. It is highly recommended that women participating in formal recruitment have at or above a 3.0 cumulative high school or college GPA at the time they are seeking membership. Please note that meeting this minimum does not guarantee membership in a sorority, but that scholastic standards are a component of the membership selection process.

  • Green Zone = Your options are not likely to be limited based on your GPA. (3.2+)
  • Yellow Zone = Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA. (2.6 – 3.19)
  • Red Zone = Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA. (0 – 2.59)
I am no longer going through recruitment. How do I get my money back?

Unfortunately, Panhellenic will not refund your registration fee except in very particular cases (i.e. you are male and accidentally registered for fraternity recruitment via our registration link). If you believe you may have an applicable situation, please contact Katie Levine, VP Recruitment, at uscphcrecruitment@gmail.com.

I have significant class conflicts with the Formal Recruitment week - can I just come and go as fits my class schedule?

NO! Please do not try to create your own schedule. You will be prompted to upload your class schedule to your Campus Director account. (If you do not have your classes at the time of registration, you will be able to log back in and upload your schedule after your orientation date).

Is Panhellenic sorority life only for undergraduate students, or can graduate students also participate?

Panhellenic sororities are undergraduate-only organizations.

If I am a Spring Admit who will attend USC beginning Spring of 2018, may I participate in Fall 2017 Formal Recruitment, or do I have to wait until next fall?

If you’re a Spring admit, although we are very excited about your commitment to going Greek, you must wait until next Fall (Fall 2018) to go through Formal Recruitment. However, if you are interested in participating in Spring 2018 Informal Recruitment, feel free to send your contact information to trojansgogreek@gmail.com.

Can I go through Formal Recruitment as an upperclassman?

Yes! Any female registered USC student in Fall 2016 may go through Fall Formal Recruitment, regardless of class standing.

What chapters will be participating in Spring 2017 Informal Recruitment?

The chapters participating in Spring Informal Recruitment varies year by year. Please send your contact information to trojansgogreek@gmail.com, and we will share it with the chapters who decide to participate.

When is Sorority Presents 2017?

Sorority Presents takes place over Parents’ Weekend during the Fall Semester.  The date is TBD and will be announced soon.

If I end up joining a sorority through either Formal or Informal Recruitment, what is the soonest I can move into my chapter house?

While most freshmen choose to live in USC residential housing for their first year, some choose to move into their chapter house in spring semester if there is space available. Living with your sisters in your chapter house provides an unforgettable experience and is often cheaper than living in an on-campus dorm or apartment. Talk to your chapter’s housing coordinator for details.

Do USC sororities haze?

No, absolutely not! As stated in SCampus, “USC prohibits any students from engaging in hazing, defined as any activity that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student.” The Panhellenic Community condemns hazing, as it in no way achieves the goals of sorority membership – service, scholarship, leadership, and sisterhood.