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Any questions about recruitment can go to the Panhellenic Recruitment Team at

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 offered both in-person & virtually for those who cannot be with us on-campus or in-person. Women will be given the option to opt-in to one version or the other. 

For in-person recruitment, MN Department of Health and CDC recommendations and capacity limits for events will be followed every day, and masks will be required. Extra cleaning will happen every day before and after every recruitment party, and social distancing will be enforced. Hand sanitizer will be readily available. Other safety measures like increased ventilation and temperature checks will be used. 

Women will receive more details about 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
Bid Day - TBD

Breaking down each day of recruitment

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

Open House

Women visit all 11 chapters who participate in primary recruitment. Conversations are quick, more get-to-know-you.

House Tours

Women visit up to eight chapters. It is VERY common to go to less than eight. Conversations are still more get-to-know-you but a little more in-depth. This is also the day to talk and ask questions about finances and chapter facilities.


Women visit up to five chapters. It is VERY common to go to less than five. Chapter members share information about their philanthropy. Conversations are more in-depth and values based.


Women visit up to 2 chapters. Conversations are longer, more in-depth, and values-based.

Bid Day

Women receive an invitation to join a chapter, and return to that chapter for a celebration!

17 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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