Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

The Panhellenic Association is the governing council of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at the College of Charleston. As a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, our council is part of a nationwide network of women's fraternities and sororities reaching over 620 college and university campuses in the U.S. and Canada. The Panhellenic Association provides a forum for sororities to work together. Through programs and services, the Panhellenic Association supports its member sororities by promoting values, education, leadership, friendships, cooperation and citizenship. The Panhellenic Council is associated with a national governing body, the National Panhellenic Conference. Visit that organization's website, www.npcwomen.org for more information. The Panhellenic Association at the College of Charleston consists of student representatives from nine nationally recognized sororities.

How To Register:  

Welcome to Recruitment 2020!  We are extremely excited to know that you have expressed interest in joining a sorority at the College of Charleston!  

Please read the following information thoroughly because you must agree to the following terms before submitting this application.

It will take 30-45 minutes to complete the registration form. In addition, you are only allowed to register “ONCE”. If there are duplicate registration forms from the same person, Panhellenic reserves the right to use the first registration form completed within the system. So, please make sure your information is correct when registering. 

Things You Will Need To Register:

1)  A Laptop or Desktop should be used when registering.

2)  Use the "Chrome" internet browser when completing your application.

3 ) Your Resume. Chapter members will focus heavily on this registration form. So, please be sure to list all extracurricular activities, honors, community service, and work experience. It is strongly encouraged that you have your resume available. Your         registration form should mirror your resume.

4)  Your High School Transcript or College Transcript. For first-year women please make sure your final high school transcript is on file with the Office of Admissions for HS GPA verification.

5)  A Most Recent Head Shot Photograph (i.e. Senior Pictures).

6)  Your T-Shirt Size.

7)  Payment by debit or credit card is required at the time of registration. Registration fee is non-refundable. The fee this year has been reduced to $75.00.

8)  Essay: Please upload a Word document addressing the following questions.  Please limit each response to 200 words or less.  All four questions need to be answered.  Be sure to include your name and hometown in the top right corner. Questions:

    • Why are you interested in becoming a member of a sorority at the College of Charleston?
    • What values are most important to you as a leader?
    • What does sisterhood mean to you? Please share what you hope for in a friendship.
    • Please share with us your goals and aspirations for the next four years.

9)  Video: This year, we are requiring potential new members to upload a video to introduce themselves to chapters. In the video, please state your name and hometown.  You should then share the answer to two or three of the following       questions:

  • What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment thus far?
  • What made you choose the College of Charleston?
  • How can you incorporate your personal values into the sorority experience?
  • What are three of your personal values and how do you incorporate these into your everyday life?
  • Tell us something about yourself that someone might be surprised to learn.

  Please keep this video to one minute.  This video should be recorded on your phone and then uploaded to your registration application. Please visit the Panhellenic website for helpful hints about creating your video. (Sample video)

10) All of these things must be submitted at the time of application. Once submitted, your application is final. You will not be able to edit, revise, add, and/or remove.

Registration is open July 15, to September 15, 2020.

Primary Recruitment will be held September 30 to October 5, 2020.

REGISTER HERE

Learn About Our Sororities at College of Charleston

Informal Recruitment Process

Informal recruitment can happen throughout the academic year when chapters are below "total" in a given semester. The process of informal recruitment is done by each individual Panhellenic chapter, not as an organized effort by the Panhellenic Association. If you are interested in participating in Informal Recruitment you must submit this registration form. For any questions please email cofc.recruitment@gmail.com

Primary Recruitment Process

Formal sorority recruitment is organized, coordinated, and managed by the Panhellenic Council. It takes place prior to the start of each fall semester and involves four rounds of parties (recruitment events). During these parties, sorority members will meet and converse with potential new members (PNMs).

Primary Recruitment Dates

TBD

*Incoming CofC students who are attending Orientation Session #10 or Summer Preview will not be able to participate in Formal Recruitment, so please plan accordingly. No exceptions can be made.

Please contact the Higdon Centeror email cofc.recruitment@gmail.com if you have any questions. You can also follow us on Instagram @cofcpanhellenic!

What is a Recommendation and do I need one?

A recommendation or a "rec" is just that, a letter of recommendation typically written by an alumna of a particular sorority "recommending" you to that organization. The alumna writing your rec will need to use the process that the national organization requires. There is no form or specific process from the College of Charleston.  

At the College of Charleston recommendations are encouraged but they certainly are not required.

If you do have a rec, you may send it to:
[Name of Sorority]
c/o Higdon Center for Student Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life
69 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Please have all recs submitted at least one week prior to recruitment.

Event Details & What to Expect

Early Move-In Information

Early Move-In information will be emailed to your CofC email address. Move in times will be designated by floors within each building. If you have any questions about move in, please contact the Campus Housing office at 843-953-5523. 

Students moving in prior to the residence halls official opening will be charged the normal per diem rate for his or her building from the time the student signs out his or her room key up until the normal semester housing fee covers occupancy. The rates can be found at http://housing.cofc.edu/.

Dining Options for Recruitment Week

On-campus meal plans do not go into effect until dinner the Friday before classes start. Two meals are provided with your recrutiment registration. You will be responsible for covering the cost of the other meals during that week, but some group meal trips will be planned! You can eat on campus in dining locations that are open but will need to plan to have cash or credit to pay since the meal plans will not go into effect until Friday dinner.  You can visit the Dining Services website for information on hours of operation for the dining facilities during that week.

Recruitment Schedule Details

The first event is a mandatory Recruitment Convocation held on campus before recruitment rounds begin. The suggested dress is casual. Potential New Members (PNMs) will not be meeting sorority women at this time. You will meet and be introduced to the Executive Board for Panhellenic and the Panhellenic recruitment counselors (Pi Chis) that have worked long and hard for recruitment to be a huge success. All questions will be answered and schedules for the week will be distributed at this meeting.

During Open House Round, each PNM will visit each of the nine participating sororities for a 20 minute meet-and-greet type event.  Open House Round will take place over the first two days of recruitment.

The next day, Philanthropy Round, is the first day of invitations to recruitment events. Each PNM may visit up to six parties lasting 30 minutes each. In this round, the PNM will participate in an activity (usually making a craft) that will support each individual chapter's philanthropy. This is wonderful opportunity to ask more in-depth questions about the philanthropy and service projects of each sorority.

The next day of invitations, Sisterhood Round, consists of up to four parties per PNM lasting 40 minutes each. This round is where most chapters do a presentation of some kind that gives insight into the sisterhood bonds that exist between the members. PNMs should continue to ask questions about sorority life in general and each specific chapter. The sisters will help answer your questions by sharing their personal feelings about their individual chapter experience.

Preference Round consists of each PNM visiting up to two parties lasting 45 minutes each. The sorority members will explain to PMNs what it means to be a member of their sorority and what their sorority could offer the PNM. During this round, Panhellenic encourages PNMs to think back on the previous rounds and recall what they liked best about these sororities and why they would choose to join a particular group. When choosing a sorority, keep things in perspective.

The last day, Bid Day, is when PNMs may receive up to one bid (invitation to join) from a chapter. If the PNM accepts the bid, they will be a new member of that chapter from that point forward. However, new members will not be initiated into the chapter until weeks after Bid Day.

Other notes:

  1. Expect to be nervous and stressed. It’s natural to have butterflies in your stomach when you meet the chapters, but it will get easier as the days progress. And remember, the sisters are just as nervous as you! They also feel a lot of pressure to find new sisters for their chapter. Just relax and smile, and recruitment will breeze by.
  2. Expect to meet a lot of new people! One of the best parts of recruitment is all the new people you meet, both peers and upperclass women. You may find your new best friend right in your recruitment group. At any rate, you're guaranteed to end recruitment with a whole bunch of new friends.
  3. Expect to be asked questions. Recruitment relies a lot on conversation and interaction to help you meet the sisters and for them to meet you. They want to know more about you, so don't be surprised if they ask you questions. At the same time, we encourage you to ask your own questions of them. You're trying to find out more about them, too!
  4. Expect to have fun! Recruitment is not always serious. Your new sisters will be a lot of fun to meet!

What to Wear

Check out the What to Wear Guide to help you plan for what to wear during recruitment. Remember, do not stress about outfits, it is about who you are not what you are wearing that really matters during recruitment. You should already own everything you need to wear!

Pi Chis - Who They Are, How They Help

Upon registration for recruitment, each Potential New Member is assigned a recruitment counselor (Pi Chi). Recruitment counselors are sorority women who have chosen to disaffiliate from their sorority during the recruitment period in order be a trustworthy resource and source of aid for the women going through recruitment. Since their sorority membership is unknown, Potential New Members should feel comfortable discussing their options and asking candid questions of their recruitment counselors.

Recruitment counselors will usually oversee a group of approximately 20 - 30 women during recruitment. Pi Chis will meet with their PNMs before and after each round, both to provide them with their schedules for the round and to offer guidance to the women.

You should feel free to ask Pi Chis any questions you have before, during, or after recruitment. They are there to help! All of the recruitment counselors have gone through the recruitment process themselves and have many more sorority experiences to share.

Contact Us

We try to inform you through our website so that you feel comfortable with recruitment at the College of Charleston. If you or your parents have any further questions, concerns, or just need advice, please contact:

The Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment at cofc.recruitment@gmail.com