Panhellenic Life

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Registration for Fall Recruitment 2021 will close on August 25th!
Any questions about recruitment can go to the Panhellenic Recruitment Team at

Primary Fall Recruitment

The Primary 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 2021, Primary Recruitment will take place with a hybrid model, providing both entirely virtual and partially in-person options. Orientation and the first two rounds will be taking place via Zoom with Rho Alphas and technical support available to assist potential new members throughout the process. Philanthropy Round and Preference will have virtual and in-person options available. All recruitment plans are based on current CDC projections for vaccination and case spread, and are subject to change per CDC and University guidelines.

Women will receive more details about virtual Primary Recruitment upon registration.

2021 Primary Recruitment Dates

The following rounds will be entirely virtual:

Friday, August 27 - Primary Recruitment Orientation
Saturday, August 28 - Panhellenic Round
Sunday, August 29 -  Values Round


The following rounds will have in-person and virtual options:

Friday, September 3 - Philanthropy Round
Saturday, September 4 - Preference Round
Sunday, September 5 - Bid Day!

Breaking down each day of recruitment

Every round of recruitment, potential new members (PNMs) talk with their recruitment counselor (Rho Alpha) and other PNMs 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:

Panhellenic Round

Potential new members watch introductory videos and talk virtually with members from all 11 chapters to learn about their values and what makes them unique.

Values Round

Potential new members talk to a maximum of eight chapters. It is VERY common to talk with less than eight. PNMs also continue to get to know chapter members over Zoom. This is the day to ask questions about finances and chapter facilities.


Potential new members talk to a maximum of five chapters. It is VERY common to talk with less than five. PNMs who have opted to remain entirely virtual will continue to talk to chapter members over Zoom. Those who opt to attend Philanthropy in-person will visit chapter facilities and continue their conversations in-person. All PNMs will learn more about each chapter's philanthropic mission and community involvement during this round. Conversations become more in-depth and values based.


Potential new members talk to a maximum of 2 chapters. As with Philanthropy, PNMs will have the option to attend this round either in-person or virtually. Conversations are longer, more in-depth, and values-based.

Bid Day

Potential new members receive an invitation to join a chapter, and will celebrate with their new sisters. More details about the format of bid day will be finalized closer to the start of recruitment.