As Sorority Recruitment Opens, Panhel Is Expecting Largest Registration To Date

If you’ve been on Facebook this week you’ve probably seen the mass changing of the profile pictures and cover photos: it’s sorority recruitment season. Penn State’s Panhellenic Council recruitment registration opened on Monday, meaning women in any year are now able to sign up for formal rush at University Park.

With one of the largest freshman classes ever arriving this fall, Panhel is expecting its highest registration numbers to date due to the increased enrollment. Last year 1,677 girls went through recruitment and Panhel President Madeline Strasser is anticipating even more this time around.

“Joining a sorority is a way to make a big school like Penn State feel small, and it is exciting and rewarding to know we will have a small part in helping around 2,000 women find their home in their individual sororities,” Strasser said. “When you join a sorority at Penn State you gain 200 sisters, but you also gain a connection to 4,000 other Panhellenic women. As one of the largest Panhellenic Associations we have the opportunity to be leaders on campus and for the national Panhellenic community and it is exciting that our community is growing in numbers every year.”

Twenty-two chapters will be open for recruitment this year with the return of Delta Phi Epsilon in its first semester back on campus since 1966. This comes only two years after Phi Sigma Sigma colonized a chapter at Penn State, which former Panhel president Abby Renko said was met with a success she also expects to see with Delta Phi Epsilon.

Registration opened Monday and will remain open until Friday, August 26 at 5 p.m. Once registration closes, PNMs (potential new members) will have the chance to go through orientation, open houses, first and second round meetings with the various chapters, and preference day, all leading up to Bid Day on Monday, September 12.

You can sign up for recruitment here so long as you are a current or incoming University Park student taking at least 12 credits (full-time student) in the fall. All registrants are required to pay a $40 fee which goes toward funding recruitment and gets you your official recruitment T-shirt.

If you have any questions about anything involving recruitment, rush, or sororities in general, check out Panhel’s recruitment page or email Vice President of Membership Andrea Joyce at [email protected].

While going Greek might not be for everyone, it’s a great opportunity to get involved at Penn State that immediately immerses you in one of the largest women’s organizations on the East Coast.

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