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Formal Recruitment

The formal recruitment process happens each fall and allows women to see the 11 National Panhellenic Conference sororities on University of Minnesota's campus. Each day women visit chapters to learn more about their sisterhood, philanthropy and values, allowing each woman to see a variety of options in a short period of time. Follow @umn_phc on Instagram for recruitment tips, news, and to learn more about our community!

This fall 2020, formal recruitment will be fully virtual to keep all of our active members and potential new members as safe as possible. Rounds will be taking place via Zoom with Rho Alphas and technical support available to assist potential new members throughout the process. 

Women will receive more details about virtual formal recruitment upon registration.

2020 Formal Recruitment Dates

Tuesday Sept. 1 - Formal Recruitment Orientation
Wednesday Sept. 2 - Open House Round 
Friday Sept. 4 -  House Tours Round
Sunday Sept. 6 - Philanthropy Round
Monday Sept. 7 - Preference Round
Tuesday Sept. 8 - Bid Day 

Breaking down each day of recruitment

Every round of recruitment, women talk with their recruitment counselor (Rho Alpha) and other women to get a schedule, spend the day meeting chapters, and then at the end of the day talk with their Rho Alpha about how they're feeling and how the day went. At the University of Minnesota, we have four rounds of recruitment and bid day, over the course of a week. Here's a breakdown of what those rounds look like:

Open House

Women watch introductory videos from all 11 chapters to learn about their values and what makes them unique. 

House Tours

Women talk to a maximum of eight chapters. It is VERY common to talk with less than eight. Potential new members will watch a house tour video from each chapter. Women are still getting to know one another since this is the first round that individuals talk via Zoom. This is the day to ask questions about finances and chapter facilities.


Women talk to a maximum of five chapters. It is VERY common to talk with less than five. Potential new members will watch a video about each chapter's philanthropy during rounds. Conversations are more in-depth and values based.


Women talk to a maximum of 2 chapters. Conversations are longer, more in-depth, and values-based.

Bid Day

Women virtually receive an invitation to join a chapter, and will celebrate with their new sisters virtually or in small socially distanced groups. 

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