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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Sorority Recruitment?
Panhellenic is the governing body on each campus for sororities. Every year the college Panhellenic develops a schedule of events that make up Formal Recruitment. Typically there are three to five rounds of events. Emphasis is on conversation and getting to know each other. This is the time to learn about the values, traditions, programming and expectations of the individual sororities. Formal recruitment is normally held in the fall but some campuses hold spring recruitment (called deferred recruitment). Contact your campus Panhellenic office for information about when recruitment is held.
How Do I Register with my College Panhellenic?
During the summer, your college will publish recruitment information and a registration form with a deadline for submission of form and fees. If you have not received this information by July, contact the college Panhellenic Office and/or check the campus website. Online registration may be available. Many college Panhellenics also hold information sessions during freshman orientation. This is a great way to learn more about specifics on your campus.
What Are Recommendations/Letters Of Reference?
A reference is similar to a job reference. Alumnae members write these on your behalf as a personal introduction of you to their sorority. This letter of introduction does not guarantee an invitation to events or membership. It is the responsibility of the alumna to obtain her sorority form, complete it and submit it according to her group's requirements.
How Do I Obtain a Recommendation/Letter of Reference?
Letters of recommendation are completely optional, but if you would like to obtain them, begin networking now with friends, family, neighbors and teachers. Let them know you plan to participate in the recruitment process. They may ask you for a photograph, a resume of your activities and a copy of your transcript to enclose with their introduction. Keep in mind, the alumna writing the recommendation does not need to be a graduate of the college you will attend. She only needs to be an alumna member in good standing of a sorority with a chapter on that campus.
What Should I Do Now?
Prepare a resume, photos, transcript and any other information for the alumnae writing your recommendation. See our FATAAP Recruitment Guide for tips and samples.
What Is A Legacy?
Every sorority determines its own definition of a "legacy". Typically, it is defined as a daughter or sister of an initiated member. Some sororities also recognize a granddaughter, stepdaughter or stepsister. Extending courtesy to a legacy is every sorority's priority, however being a legacy does not guarantee an invitation to membership. Legacies are reviewed based upon the same criteria as non-legacies. It is also important to realize that in some situations, there are more legacies participating in the Recruitment process than a chapter has membership openings. If you are a legacy, you should list each sorority you are a legacy to on your resume.