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RECRUITMENT OVERVIEW

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Recruitment: Welcome

FROM OUR VP OF RECRUITMENT

Welcome,

Congratulations on embarking on your college journey! Starting college is a big step and something to be excited about and proud of. Despite the challenges you may face during your years here, I know you will find your place at the University of Miami and make memories and connections to last a lifetime. I remember my first year here, and I can tell you from personal experience that the person you'll be by the end will be much different. I've grown so much academically, emotionally, and socially, and I can't wait for you to see these changes in yourself.


As the Vice President of Recruitment and a former recruitment counselor, I understand that deciding to go through recruitment and ultimately choosing a sorority can be daunting, but please know that you are not alone. Many girls are in the same boat as you and seek an organization to offer them a sense of community and belonging. 

As a freshman during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I struggled just like everyone else to make connections on campus. I joined different organizations on campus but also looked into all the Greek organizations and councils available on campus. During the Thanksgiving break, I decided to give the Panhellenic Association a chance. I was anxious, but I felt that, at the very least, I would spend a week meeting new people on campus. Ultimately, I fell in love with my chapter throughout the week and couldn't have been happier opening my card during my bid day. Over the years, I've grown so much with my chapter, and I'm reminded of why I chose this group of women each year when I help the new pledge classes find their communities.


During the recruitment process, it is important to be yourself and be sincere with the sorority sisters you'll be meeting each day. Remember that you are looking for women who share your values and interests, so don't hesitate to ask questions and express your thoughts. This process is all about you and what you want. Don't let other opinions or preconceived notions hinder listening to yourself and finding what you want.


It's also important to keep an open mind and not focus too much on any sorority. Each sorority has unique ideals, history, and sisterhood; you may be surprised by which one feels like the perfect fit for you. I encourage you to experience everything firsthand with an open heart. Your recruitment counselor and I will be with you throughout the week to support you and help you figure out what you want. 


Lastly, I want to remind you that the Panhellenic recruitment process is only the beginning of your journey. After bid day, you will have weeks to meet your chapter members, bond with your pledge class, learn the ideals and history of your organization, get a big sister, and enjoy the sisterhood before you become an official member. This means it's okay if you're still nervous on bid day or worried that you don't feel utterly obsessed with every member of your chapter and ready to wear your letters every day for the rest of your life on Day 1. It takes time to build community and foster connections. Everyone moves at their own pace, so it might take a few weeks to feel like you made the right choice. Even though I loved my chapter after recruitment, it wasn't until I got my Big Sister and Twin Sister that I genuinely felt I had found my absolute home. If you feel like you didn't make the right choice, you can always try again if you're eligible, and that's the right decision for you. Once you become a member of your chosen sorority, you will have access to a supportive network of women who will be there for you throughout your college years and beyond.


I wish you the very best of luck on your sorority recruitment journey and hope that you find the sisterhood you are searching for.


Panhellenic Love and Mine & Love You Go Canes,


Simone Weatherspoon

Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment

Class of 2024

Recruitment: Our President

2024 SPRING RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Join Us Today

Welcome to the National Panhellenic Council formal recruitment process at the University of Miami! Joining one of our sororities is a great way to learn crucial life skills outside of the classroom. We believe in positively impacting the community while ensuring our members experience personal, academic and professional growth. We can’t wait to meet you all and help you find your new homes!

RECRUITMENT REGISTRATION

9/5/23 - 11/27/23

MEET WITH YOUR RECRUITMENT COUNSELOR

TBD

Each recruitment counselor group will have a mandatory virtual meeting prior to recruitment to discuss the events that will be occurring in the upcoming week. Each PNM will also meet again with their recruitment counselor before Open House Rounds to receive their open house shirt.

RECRUITMENT MODULES


Everyone who is registered for recruitment must complete our online module series before the week of spring recruitment begins, you will be receiving an email about it. This replaces a recruitment orientation session that used to happen in the past (known as Recruitment 101), and will cover all important information that girls need to know about formal recruitment to prepare them for the week.

OPEN HOUSE

1/8/24 - 1/9/24

Each party will be 25 minutes in length with an open house video to get you acquainted to every chapter. This is a time to meet a few women and kick off the week. Everyone will be given the same shirts to wear for these days, so show off your style with some fun bottoms and shoes!

PHILANTHROPY ROUND

1/10/24 - 1/11/24

During this round, you will be given the opportunity to learn more about a maximum of 6 chapters and their philanthropic efforts. You will be able to watch a video that shows the different events put on to support their causes. Parties will be 30 minutes long and attire can be something you would wear to a nice brunch or dinner.

INVITATIONAL ROUND

1/12/24

This round will give you a deeper understanding of the values for the chapters you will visit. This is the time to get to know the people you may have talked to more than once and ask them any questions that are important in your decision making. Parties will be 40 minutes long and you will meet with a maximum of 4 chapters. Your outfit should be somewhere between a sundress and a cocktail dress, show your style!

PREFERENCE ROUND

1/13/24

This round is the most serious in recruitment and will be 50 minutes long. You will experience a sisterhood or ritual ceremony and connect more with the women you have met over the week. You will only visit a maximum of 2 chapters during this round. Attire will be cocktail dress in a style that represents your personality!

BID DAY

1/14/24

This day you will receive a letter to join one of the sororities you visited during preference round! Bids will be distributed and opened with your Recruitment Counselor group. Afterwards, you will reveal to your chapter and spend the day getting to know some of your new sisters!

Recruitment: Recruitment

FAQ

The Answers You Need About Recruitment

WHAT IS A RECRUITMENT COUNSELOR?

A Recruitment Counselor is a guide for potential new members. They are disassociated from their chapters to represent the Panhellenic Association and help you sort through the process of Formal Recruitment. Beyond helping you find your new home, your Recruitment Counselor will be there to answer any questions you may have about Greek Life.

WHEN DO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OPEN?

On campus housing will be open early for registered and eligible participants to move-in on Monday, January 10 starting at 2:00PM. No earlier move-in times are allowed.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

There are four distinct rounds of formal recruitment followed by bid day. The week will start casual and become increasingly formal as the days go on. On the first round of recruitment, you should wear a casual blouse that shows your style. For the next day, Philanthropy Round, you should wear a nice sundress, or a nice top. For invitational round you should wear something a little nicer than a sundress but not quite a cocktail dress. This could be a pant suit, maxi dress or something creative that represents your style. Preference round is the final and dressiest round of recruitment. You should wear a cocktail dress that is tasteful and comfortable.

IS THERE A MINIMUM GPA TO JOIN PANHELLENIC?

To be eligible for Formal Recruitment at the University of Miami, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 and have completed at least 12 credits at an accredited college or university. GPA's will not be rounded up and thus a 2.499 will still not be considered eligible. If you are a transfer student who will be starting at the University of Miami in the Spring of 2022, you must send a copy of your unofficial transcript to daylewilson@miami.edu and cluna@miami.edu no later than January 6, 2022.

DO I NEED A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?

Letters of recommendation are simply letters of reference written by an alumna of a sorority. They are not required to go through recruitment and many girls do not have them. You will be at no disadvantage if you do not have any letters of recommendation. If you wish to submit a letter of recommendation for a specific sorority, please see the contact information below.

ARE YOU STILL WAITING ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO UM?

If you are applying to UM for the spirng semester, and would like to go through the formal recruitment process, still register for recruitment. However, do not pay the recruitment fee until accepted to the university.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

If you have any more questions you can contact our Vice President of Recruitment, Marissa Katz at umiamipanhellenicrecruitment@gmail.com.

Recruitment: FAQ

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Letters of recommendation are simply letters of reference written by an alumna of a sorority. They are not required to go through recruitment and many girls do not have them. You will be at no disadvantage if you do not have any letters of recommendation. If you wish to submit a letter of recommendation for a specific sorority, please see the contact information below.

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ZETA TAU ALPHA

Zeta Tau Alpha encourages their alumnae to recommend outstanding women for membership in ZTA by submitting voluntary references (Membership Information Sheets). MIS forms can be submitted electronically on the Sisters Only area of the Zeta Tau Alpha website. A login from a member in good standing is required. For more information or assistance logging in, email: zetataualpha@zetataualpha.org

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