Hey! I’m Grace, a rising Junior that joined Greek life this year.
To answer your question, it’s a pretty simple process. As a freshman, starting this year you’ll go through recruitment in January. You’ll fill out an information form and pay a registration fee online- this guarantees you’ll be part of the recruitment process.
Actual recruitment is spread out over a week. You’ll have an info session, where you get a packet that tells you what you’ll be doing each day, a bit about each sorority, and where you meet your Rho Gamma. RG’s are girls that have disaffiliated from their respective organizations for recruitment, and are there to help girls going through the process. You’ll also find out the schedule for your Rho Gamma group: each “round” has two nights/days, and your RG will tell you which day you’ll attend each one.
The first two nights are “Welcome Rounds”: you visit each of the four organizations and learn the basics about who they are. The second two nights are Philanthropy rounds: you learn about each organization’s specific philanthropy, as well as get some preliminary information on dues. After this night, you start to decide where you feel like you fit. The third set of meetings is called invitation night- you can get invited to up to three sororities, and you visit each one individually instead of with your Rho Gamma groups. Again, you continue to rank your preferences. Finally, you have Pref night, where up to two organizations can invite you. After this night, you have to rank your two choices.
Our recruitment works on a mutual selection process, and once everybody’s (the girls’ going through recruitment and the sororities’) choices are uploaded into a system, you go through Bid day, and find out which organization gave you a bid. That begins New Member Education, the period before Initiation.
I know that’s a tonnnn of information at once, but just know that you’ll have help during the entire process, and you really will end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope this helps!
-Grace McCrocklin ‘16