Recruitment Steps

Now that you have decided to go through recruitment ...

Keep an Open Mind

It will help you so much to keep an open mind! You do not have to be in the same sorority as your best friend or even the same as your mother, sister or grandmother. You will hear lots of rumors about different sororities - the rumors are as plentiful as there are people to talk about them. Don't listen to these or make decisions based on these rumors. All it does is limit your possibilities. You might hear that XYZ sorority is great at one school, but others might hear it is terrible at another school. And, depending on who you talk to may give you different, biased information. This is all based on just their perspective. 

Be your own person and make your own choices. Stop following the herd! It is time to move past high school. Every sorority has great girls. Enjoy it!

STEP 1 - Register with Fort Worth Panhellenic AND Your College Panhellenic

Register with the Fort Worth Panhellenic for the Master List ASAP.  Our Master List Registration will close on April 1st. Registering with the Fort Worth Panhellenic allows us to tell sorority representatives/reference chairwomen in our area you will be going through recruitment and helps alumnae with writing reference forms.  They will then compile and send to the proper college to ensure that your accomplishments are highlighted and publicized to the university women.

Register with your College Panhellenic. THIS IS SEPARATE FROM FWAPH! Go online to the website of your chosen college/university to access the College Panhellenic (might be called Fraternity and Sorority Life or Greek Life) page on the college/university's website to register for your selected campus. This will have a fee. This is REQUIRED in order to participate in recruitment on your college campus, so be sure to meet the deadline! This information is typically available to students in the late spring and/or early fall of each year College Panhellenic websites are very helpful. They will have recruitment week details including dates and attire. Many will require that you attend their Greek Orientation.

STEP 2 - Find Reference and Letter of Support Writers and Compile Information Packets

Begin with your family friends who are alums of national sororities. They will be familiar with the process and helpful to you.  Other sources might be a mother of one of your friends, a neighbor, a teacher, someone you have babysat for, a church member, etc. Tell everyone you know you are going through sorority recruitment. Visit our FAQ page to see the difference between a Reference and Letter of Support

Before compiling information packets, verify with your Reference and Letter of Support writers of each sorority what they require and what your specific college requires - PAPER PACKETS OR DIGITAL PACKETS. 

Your information packet should consist of a resume, transcript, photographs and a cover letter. 

STEP 3 - Distribute Information Packets

Deliver or email your information packet to each Reference writer and Letter of Support writer as early as possible. It will take her time to complete your reference form. For sororities that request paper information packets, it is suggested to place all materials in a large envelope and mail or deliver to the writer(s). For sororities that request electronic submissions, attach your resume, transcript and photos and send by email to your writer(s). 

It is a nice touch to send a handwritten thank you note thanking the alumna for her effort.  Write the note a couple of weeks after giving them your information.  They will appreciate it and if they have not already written their reference or letter of support for you the note will serve as a reminder for them to do it.

REMEMBER: It is the responsibility of the sorority members and NOT the potential new member to obtain these references and letters of support.  However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers and acquaintances to secure your own References and Letters of Support. The Alumna who agrees to support you is responsible for mailing the Reference or Letter of Support to their local reference chairwoman. Many of the Texas Schools and other major universities have a deadline of June 1 to receive this information.

STEP 4 - Social Media

Update all of your social media platforms. Remove anything you don't want your grandmother to see - photos with alcohol, too tiny bikini, unflattering photos, etc. Be sure to keep it tasteful, friendly and happy. And, please do not be naive and think you have your account settings all set to private and that sororities won't see your posts and photos. They will see it all!

It is completely ok for you to follow the different sororities at the college you have chosen as well as their national chapter. Do not expect them to follow you back. Some might, most will not. They are not supposed to. If you do not already know them, do not follow the individual girls in each sorority just because you found them on their sorority's site or met them during recruitment. Keep it simple - just follow the sorority chapter site.