Panhellenic Prepares For Largest Recruitment Yet

Penn State Panhellenic and thousands of women across campus are preparing for the start of fall sorority recruitment this week. This round of recruitment is sure to be an interesting one as the number of potential new members continues to grow every year. As predicted, the 2016 fall recruitment will be the largest Panhellenic has ever seen, with 1,819 potential new members. That’s roughly 200 more than ever before.

While some may attribute the increase in numbers to the largest freshman class in history, the influx is something Panhellenic was already expecting.

“We are very excited that our community is growing,” said Panhellenic President Madeline Strasser. “We have been anticipating this growth, and with the addition of our 22nd sorority Delta Phi Epsilon this year, sorority sizes should stay around the same as they have in the past…even with the added numbers.”

Delta Phi Epsilon will be represented in the open house portion of recruitment but will not participate in formal recruitment otherwise. It will have its own recruitment process in the weeks following formal recruitment, similar to how Phi Sigma Sigma handled its first year on campus.

In addition to DPhiE being represented at open houses this year, the three associate Panhellenic chapters will be represented as well. Besides including the these chapters during open houses, Panhellenic is making no other changes to the recruitment process despite the increase in numbers.

For many, the addition of DPhiE comes as a relief. Without the inclusion of a new chapter, already enormous chapter sizes would increase dramatically due to the 200 potential new members participating in recruitment this year. While a significant number of potential new members decide greek life isn’t for them, the increasing size of recruitment is inevitably going to change the number of girls in each pledge class.

For now Panhellenic and it’s chapters can push that concern to next year and enjoy the 12 days of recruitment until bid day.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Caitlin Gailey

Senior from just outside the city of Brotherly Love. Yes, I am one of those Philly sports fans. I bleed blue and white and have since birth. Maybe someday you will see me on ESPN and then again maybe not. If you ever want to inflate my ego email me at [email protected]

‘It Was A Pretty Memorable Experience’: Penn State Club Baseball Wins Back-To-Back National Titles

After winning the Club Baseball World Series in 2023, the team repeated in 2024.

Former Four-Star Penn State Football Linebacker Commit DJ McClary Flips To Rutgers

McClary’s flip comes two days after former four-star running back commit Alvin Henderson flipped to Auburn.

Three-Star Safety Braswell Thomas Commits To Penn State Football

Thomas’ commitment came one day after the Nittany Lions landed four-star running back Jabree Wallace-Coleman.

Other posts by Caitlin

My Best Dream: Caitlin Gailey’s Senior Column

“Penn State is my dream, and although I wish I could remember every detail, every seemingly monumental moment, the enormity of the past four years has rendered me speechless.”

How To Finish 55 Days Without Breaking The Bank

How Long Did THON Spectators Stand?