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NOTE:  Registration for 2017 Panhellenic Recruitment must be completed by 11:59 September 13, 2017

MASS MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th in the Michigan Union Ballroom (5pm, 7pm or 9pm)

The most common way to join a Panhellenic Association sorority is through the Formal Recruitment process of mutual selection traditionally known as "Rush".   

All of Michigan's National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities participate in the Formal Recruitment Process. The one Associate Member chapter holds its own informal process during the fall and winter semesters.  

In 2018 the Panhellenic Association will be adding a new NPC sorority after Formal Recruitment so this be an additional opportunity to join our community.  (See bottom of page for formal recruitment dates)


The Formal Recruitment Process

Formal Recruitment occurs only during the fall semester of each year (see dates below). A Mass Meeting is held in early September. The Mass Meeting provides important details about the rush process. Even more information is available at the Sorority Forum, which presents the opportunity to meet members from each sorority and ask any questions. Women interested in Recruitment must register prior to the advertised deadline.


Formal Recruitment is comprised of four (4) sets of parties:

  • Mixers are the time to get a brief look at each chapter and form a first impression of our sorority community as a whole.
  • Second Set events will include tours of the sorority houses.
  • Third Set events will focus on philanthropy, a fundamental value of sorority life.
  • Preference Parties are formal events at which members express personal feelings about the meaning of their sisterhood.

As Recruitment progresses, sororities issue invitations and Potential New Members decide where they wish to revist. At the end of this mutual selection process, sororities extend invitations to join (bids).


Registering for Recruitment

Before registering for recruitment, you must first complete a brief, 20 minute educational module. Please click the link below to complete the module and register for recruitment. Once you complete the module you will be directed to the registration form. You will know that you are registered once you pay your 30.00 fee and receive an email confirmation. Please note, in order to participate in formal recruitment you must complete the module and register by the deadline.

Pre-Recruitment Module 


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to register?

Yes, all students must register by the dealine in order to participate.  You do not need to register to attend the Mass Meeting or Forum.  It is simply to gather information before making a decision.


How do I register?

Registration for 2017 Panhellenic Recruitment will open August 1st. Click here to be directed. You must be registerd by the deadline in order to participate.


Do I need a recommendation?

Recommendations are not required for sorority recruitment. Recommendation forms can usually be found in each sorority's national magazine or on their website.  Should a family member or friend offer to write a recommendation, it should be sent directly to the chapter.  Addresses can be found on our contact list. They should be sent attn: Recruitment Chair and should arrive in late August.


Should I attend the Mass Meeting?

Yes, important information about the process will be given. Additionally, you will be able to ask questions of current members.


What should I wear?

Mixers Dress: Casual
Second Set Parties Dressy Casual
Third Set Parties Dress: Dressy Casual
Preference Parties Dress: Dressier; cocktail dress but not formal evening wear

How do I know where to go?

The process and terminology may seem confusing, but you will be assigned recruitment officers, known as Rho Omegas. They are junior or senior sorority members who provide support and knowledge throughout Formal Recruitment.


What does it cost to join a sorority?

The financial and housing obligations associated with Panhellenic sorority membership are important to understand.  First year expenses tend to be higher because of one-time fees, some of which are paid directly to the national/international organizations.   Chapter dues may include all or only certain social activities.  Room and board generally includes meals, utilities, housekeeping services, parking and maintenance costs.

Average first year fees: $1,890

Average room and board fee:  $10,039

Average fees after first year: $810-$1,375.00

View financial information for each chapter.


What if I have class or another conflict and need to miss a Recruitment Event?

It is sometimes necessary that Potential New Members miss events for legitimate reasons such as class, a family wedding, UM Band, or University athletics. If you must miss an event, it is important that you register your conflict at the Invitation Ranking prior to the set you will miss. For instance, if you have a class during Second Set, please visit the conflict table at the Invitation Ranking after Mixers. If you register a conflict with Panhel, chapters whose events you miss may invite you to the next set of events. However, depending on how many women have conflicts for a given set of events, sororities are not obligated to issue invitations to women with conflicts. If you register your conflict prior to scheduling of the next set of events, Panhel will be able to get you to your “favorite” chapters at the times you are available. If you do not register a class conflict, become, ill or an emergency occurs, please call the Office of Greek Life immediately. Potential New Members should not miss class due to Recruitment.


How do I learn about the new NPC sorority coming in 2018?

NPC sororities join a local Panhellenic Association through a process called Extenstion.  The Extenstion Process occurs after Formal Recruitment and usually included informational sessions, interviews, and formal events.  Please contact the Office of Greek Life for more details.


Do any chapters hold Winter Recruitment?

A limited number of sororities may hold informal events during the Winter Semester. It is important to understand that only eligible chapters may hold events during the Winter semester and that it is possible that no chapters will be holding events.  



2017 calendar

Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017

2nd Set
Sunday, September 24, 2017 
Monday, September 25, 2017

Third Set
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Preference Parties
Monday, October 2, 2017

Bid Day - October 3, 2017 at 6:00pm


Questions? Contact