Thank you for your interest in joining a Panhellenic sorority at the University of Northern Iowa! Joining a Panhellenic organization is one of the most important decisions that you will make during your undergraduate years. Being a member of a Panhellenic sorority is a lifetime commitment, and we are happy you have chosen to look further into this opportunity.
Women can join one of the sororities on campus through Primary Recruitment or Continuous Open Bidding. The Panhellenic community takes pride in academic achievement, and many chapters look for women with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from high school or a 2.5 GPA from college to join.
Want more information? Fill out the Sorority Life Interest Form.
What is Primary Sorority Recruitment?
Held each fall during the first weeks of classes, Primary Recruitment is a mutual selection process by which sororities choose their new members, and potential members select the chapter they aligns with their values and will help them grow. The goal is to find the "best fit" between you and the chapter. Primary Recruitment will allow you to attend events with each sorority that will in turn provide you with information about their four pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Sisterhood. It is also an opportunity to discuss financial obligations, time commitments, membership expectations, and benefits. You will also get to meet lots of new people!
If you are interested in joining a Panhellenic organization, we recommend that you participate in Primary Recruitment, as many chapters will reach their capacity during this process. Registration for Primary Recruitment will open in April 2020!
Ready to sign up for Primary Recruitment?
What is Continuous Open Bidding (COB)?
This is an informal process that sororities use to take in new members after the conclusion of Primary Sorority Recruitment. When a sorority holds a recruitment event in either the fall and spring semester, they simply contact a potential new member on their own or you may contact the chapter currently recruiting. Chapters host a series of informal events in order to get to know you better, and this can look different in each chapter. Some chapters might go to dinner with a potential member or some chapters might host a 'craft night' and invite potential members to attend. The chapters participating in Continuous Open Bidding is different each semester.
Is Sorority Life for Me?
Every campus and every chapter is different, but sororities participate in all kinds of things from intramural activities, to short theater productions, to musical performances, and much more! On top of that, they host events to raise money for local charities and volunteer at a wide variety of local organizations. And if you get involved in the leadership roles, you'll basically be an officer on the board of a small corporation.
We're not saying that sorority life is right for everyone, everywhere. To see if it's a fit for you, try going through recruitment. You'll meet lots of new people -- and potential sorority sisters.
Learn more by visiting The Sorority Life.com. This is a great resource for women interested in the sorority experience and is sponsored by the National Panhellenic Conference.