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This page was updated on August 4, 2021. Please check back regularly for continued updates.

   What is the Panhellenic Recruitment schedule for 2021?
  • Monday, August 16 – Rho Gamma/PNM Meet & Greets and Opening Convocation
  • Tuesday, August 17 – Open House Round
  • Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19- Philanthropy Round
  • Friday, August 20- Sisterhood Round
  • Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 Preference Round
  • Monday, August 23 — Bid Day
  • Tuesday, August 24 — Day off
  • Wednesday, August 25 — Classes Begin
   Who is eligible for Recruitment?

A student is eligible to participate in recruitment and join a sorority if:

  • They are a regularly matriculated student at UT Austin which means they are enrolled and have been granted full-time status.
  • They are not a new member or initiated member of a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sorority.
  • Students participating in the Pathway to Admission through Co-Enrollment, also known as PACE are eligible to register for recruitment.
    • Each sorority has individual membership requirements and membership decisions are the sole responsibility of the organization. We would encourage you to consult with the national organizations should you have questions about eligibility requirements.
   How do I sign up for Recruitment? When does registration open and close?

Registration will open June 1 and close August 8 (11:59 p.m. CST).

Register for Panhellenic recruitment using the online application linked below or on texaspanhellenic.com. Click here to register!

Please wait to register until you have a final high school GPA. No paper applications will be accepted.

   How much does it cost to register and participate in recruitment?

The Recruitment 2021 registration fee is $130, due at time of registration.

   What do I need to complete registration?

When you register for recruitment please have the following items ready in an electronic format:

  • A photo (this helps chapter's recognize and remember you throughout the week!)
  • High School transcript, dual enrollment/credit transcripts, and/or any college transcripts (if applicable)
  • A resume detailing your high school/college involvement, interests, awards received etc.
  • Academic stats such as final GPA, class rank, standardized test scores etc.
   Where can I find more info about the Open House video PNMs submit as part of their registration?

PNMs will create and upload an introductory Open House video to supplement their registration information. This video will serve as your Open House round introduction to chapters. Chapters will view these videos to get to know PNMs before they meet them in August. Detailed instructions for creating and submitting and uploading your video are included in your registration confirmation email. Videos should be submitted within 72 hours of completing registration.

   What chapters participate in Primary Recruitment in the Fall?

The University Panhellenic Council represents 14 NPC organizations. 13 will participate in Primary Recruitment in August 2021.

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

Sigma Delta Tau sorority will host an informal recruitment process in the first weeks of classes. PNMs will learn about the organization through their informational video during Open House round. To learn more about the organization and their recruitment process please visit http://www.texassigmadeltatau.com/.

   How does recruitment work? What is a recruitment party like?

The recruitment process is designed to allow all interested women to get to know chapters and find their home in the Panhellenic community. The week is broken down into different rounds which have different themes or focuses, such as philanthropy, sisterhood etc. As you and the chapter get to know each other better you will both begin to narrow your options at the conclusion of each round. Your schedule is created through a process called mutual selection. You make preferences about the chapters you would like to return to the next round and the sororities also make preferences about which Potential New Members (PNM) they would like to invite back.

During virtual event these conversations will happen via Zoom video calls and still include a mix of presentation, small groups, and 1-1 conversations.

   What is a legacy? Does it matter if I am one?

A legacy is typically a sister, daughter, or granddaughter of an initiated member of a UPC sorority. For details on each chapter's legacy definitions and policies please visit their national website.

If you are legacy you may be familiar with sorority life or a particular chapter. At UT Austin, there are often more PNMs who are legacies then it is possible to have in a new member class. Therefore while being a legacy might mean you have a special connection with a chapter it does not guarantee a bid. Additionally, if you are a legacy you should not feel obliged to that chapter if it is not a fit for you.

At UT Austin there are also many PNMs and chapter members who are not a legacy and may be the first person in their family to be interested in Greek Life. The best advice for any PNM, regardless of legacy status, is to keep an open mind throughout the process. Everyone is getting to know the chapter and active members during the recruitment process.

   Are sophomores allowed to participate in formal recruitment? Do they have a chance at getting into a sorority at UT?

Yes, sophomores and other upperclassmen can register for recruitment! At UT we utilize a sophomore pool, which is a process that allows for an increased placement of sophomores. In recent years about 20% of PNMs are sophomores or juniors. Over 230 upperclassman received a bid to membership in 2019.

   Where do I live during Recruitment Week?

You live where you will live during the school year. You will need to contact your residence hall or housing complex to find out what the move-in date is and to make the appropriate arrangements for early move-in as needed. There may be a prorated cost associated with early move-in.

Even if the first few days of the recruitment process are virtual we highly recommend moving into your residence before Opening Convocation on 8/16. We cannot guarantee an accommodation to your schedule if you move into your residence during recruitment events.

   Should I visit campus this spring to get to know sorority members?

You should not visit campus during the school year with intention of meeting sorority women. The council has policies in place that recruitment efforts should not take place before primary recruitment in August. Chapters and active members should not be recruiting women during the spring by inviting them to campus or communicating via texting, calling, or social media.

   If I am asked to dinner or to hang out with a sorority over the summer, should I go?

The simple answer is no. This is called summer recruitment and UPC bylaws state no chapter should engage in summer recruitment activities of any kind. Chapters that do not abide by this policy will be subject to sanctions. It is wise to think twice about joining a chapter that would knowingly break the rules. Additionally, we encourage all students to follow local and state guidance on gathering in groups and with individuals outside their household to prioritize personal and public health.

   Should I participate in The University of Texas at Austin's summer orientation?

Yes! Orientation is an important part of the Longhorn experience! It allows you to take any necessary placement tests, register for classes and become acquainted with campus. The Sorority and Fraternity Life office hosts a virtual info session for both parents and student to learn about the Greek community at UT.

   What if I have to attend the August orientation session. Can I still go through recruitment?

We encourage all women interested in recruitment to participate in an orientation session during June or July. However, we understand this is sometimes not possible. If you participate in the August virtual orientation session you can still participate in recruitment. Our team will work to accommodate both the orientation and recruitment schedules. Be prepared to be flexible!

If you know you will attend August Orientation or know of another conflict such as an athletic team, spirit squad, or academic program please reach out to us at sfl@austin.utexas.edu.

   Is there spring recruitment?

Some chapters continue to recruit and pledge women throughout the school year through a process called Continuous Open Bidding (COB). Chapters only participate in in COB if they have spaces to fill and schedule and organize their own events independently. If you want the opportunity to interact with all of our sororities before making your sorority choice, then you should participate in fall primary recruitment.

   What is a reference/recommendation? How do I get them?
   How much does it cost to be in a sorority?

It is important for students and parents to be informed of the costs associated with sorority membership. During recruitment PNMs are encouraged to ask sorority members about financial obligations and payment options as each sorority sets its own fees and housing costs as well as the payment schedules.

Required Fees
This fee information was collected in August 2020.

Chapter dues fund chapter operations such as academic programs, sisterhood events, facility upkeep, philanthropy and service activities, alumni and parent events, and national dues. The ranges below reflect semester dues, room, and board information:

Member Status / Semester Low High Median
New Member Fall / First Semester $750.00 $2,842.00 $2,200.48
New Member Spring/Second Semester $896.00 $2,515.00 $1,768.75
Active Member Living In-House per Semester* $4,234.00 $7,090.00 $5,987.41
Active Member Living Out-of-House per Semester $535.00 $2,432.09 $1,611.74

*Includes room and board

Additional/Optional Fees
Additional costs throughout the semester may include parking at the chapter house*, optional meal plans, pictures, gifts, social events, T-shirts, etc. **Parking availability and cost will vary by chapter

Several chapters offer payment plans and scholarships for members who need financial assistance. It is important to understand that when you become a new member of a sorority you may still be held responsible for fees or payments required to fulfill your contract with the organization even if you decide to disaffiliate and end your membership.

   What is the New Member Dues Grant Program?

The council is excited to announce a new program, the New Member Dues Grant. The grant was created with the goal of removing the financial barrier that prevents potential new members from participating in formal recruitment and joining a Panhellenic organization at The University of Texas at Austin. The grant recipient will receive funding for dues and fees for up to four years of membership. One grant will be awarded this year. Applications for New Member Dues Grant close on July 16th, 2021 and the recipient will be notified the first week of August. Learn more about qualifications and access the application.

   How long will it take to be initiated?

The New Member period ranges from four to twelve weeks depending on the chapter. The new member period affords opportunities to meet other members, learn fraternity history and feel at home in the chapter. Each chapter follows a new member education program designed by their national organization. This is a great question to ask the active members as you meet them during recruitment.

   What is hazing? Do sororities and fraternities haze?

Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental, or physical health or safety of a student that endangers the mental , or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of joining, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are primarily students.

Hazing is not tolerated at UT Austin and all students should feel safe joining and maintaining membership in an organization. However hazing can occur in any student organization or team setting, including sororities and fraternities. If you know of someone being hazed or have been hazed, it is your responsibility to help us shift the culture of hazing and report it to the Office of the Dean of Students. More information about the definition of hazing, hazing prevention initiatives, reporting hazing , and student organizations found in violation of hazing can be found at https://hazing.utexas.edu.

   How much time does a sorority take?

Being a member of a sorority is like taking another academic class. You can expect one chapter meeting each week, as well as other weekly programming such as study sessions, sisterhood activities, community service projects, and social events. As a new member you will also have new member education meetings. Taking on a leadership role, such as a committee chair or officer position entails more time commitments, but is extremely rewarding. Remember, the more you put into the sorority, the more you will get out of it!