USC Panhellenic Council | Tips for Recruitment
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Tips for Recruitment

Check out the Sorority Syllabus to find helpful Recruitment details!



Active: A sorority member currently in college who has been formallly initiated by her chapter


Alumna: An initiated sorority member who is no longer active in a collegiate chapter


Bid: A formal invitation to join a sorority


MRABA (Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement): A document that each Potential New Member completes immediately following the Preference round stating her membership preferences.  The PNM ranks the sororities she would accept a bid from in preferential order.  It is a binding agreement, stating that the PNM is willing to accept a bid from any sorority she lists.


Legacy: A PNM whose mother, grandmother, or sister is an alumna of, or active member, in a particular sorority


National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): Founded in 1902, NPC provides support and guidance for its 26 member inter/national sororities/women’s fraternities and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life.


Philanthropy: The donation of time and support towards a distinct national/local organization of the chapter’s choosing.


Potential New Member (PNM): A Potential New Member, or PNM, is anyone who is anticipating to or participating in the Formal Recruitment Process and has not accepted a bid from an organization yet.


Party: As it relates to Formal Recruitment, parties are defined to be the different sessions hosted at each house for the PNMs to get to know the active members.  During each round of recruitment, you will be invited to parties at specific chapter houses, which are dictated by the Panhellenic-wide Recruitment Schedule.


Recruitment Counselors (RCs): Your guides through Fall Formal Recruitment and beyond.  Upon the start of Fall Formal Recruitment, PNMs will be separated into Recruitment Groups lead by RCs, who will help navigate the ins and outs of sorority recruitment.  They have disaffiliated from their own chapter to give PNMs unbiased guidance and support. These women have given up their own letters to help PNMs find theirs.


The Row: West 28th Street, or the Row, is home to the 10 Panhellenic sororities and many IFC fraternities.  As a PNM, please remember to avoid spending time on the Row unless participating in that day’s Formal Recruitment activities until accepting a sorority bid





Summer Dos and Donts

  • No contact with regards to recruiting for a specific chapter can occur between sorority members and Potential New Members.  This includes letters, emails, phone calls, texts, and all forms of social media.
  • Sororities cannot have gatherings for the purpose of recruitment that includes Potential New Members outside of Fall Formal Recruitment.
  • Potential New Members cannot visit sorority houses or have any contact iwht sorority members during summer orientations sessions.