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panhellenic profile picture editedA young woman stands up in front of 20 of her peers. She reads an essay she wrote about educational equality for women in colleges. For the next hour, the room discusses her essay, listing the pros and cons of the topic. Later, the young woman goes home to her husband and children, makes them dinner, does their laundry, and after hours of working on her studies, finally finds her way to sleep. This woman is 18-years-old. This woman is a sorority woman.

When sororities first started, these types of women were the face of the Panhellenic community: scholastically hungry, driven, women trying to advance educationally and politically in a male-dominated world, all while being the perfect wife and mother.

Though much has changed in the 150 years since the first sororities were founded, in a few weeks, over 1000 young women will enter into Formal Fall Recruitment at Penn State to follow in the footsteps of these founding sisters.

The Formal Fall Recruitment process is a highly-structured, mutual selection process, designed to create a level playing field to maximize options for each young woman who enters. Here’s a quick breakdown of the process:

  • Open Houses: Over three days, each potential new member (PNM) meets all 19 chapters in a quick 10-minute round. The PNM then ranks the sororities, using a computer program to submit her preferences.
  • First Rounds: In this round sororities will inform you of their philanthropic pursuits. You can visit a maximum of 14 sororities on these days. At the conclusion of First Rounds, you will once again rank the sororities that you visited on a computer in your order of preference.
  • Second Rounds: The time of the parties increases and each chapter will show a short documentary about their sisterhood for you.
  • Preference Night: This is the most special night of recruitment, with chapters transforming their suites into beautifully decorated rooms, serving special food and drinks, and sharing a glimpse of their unique ritual with you. After your last party, you will rank the sororities that you visited in order of preference, with your number one choice being the chapter you wish to join.
  • Bid Day!: On this exciting day, PNMs receive their bids to one sorority. By attending bid day, they accept their bids to the sorority who offered them a spot in their sisterhood.

Scholarship, leadership, service to others, and sisterhood are values that the first sororities were founded upon. These values hold true today and continue to be at the forefront of the Panhellenic agenda.

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