FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ELIGIBILITY


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Is there a grade requirement to participate in Panhellenic recruitment and join a sorority?

There is no minimum grade point average required for registration; however, it is strongly recommended that you have at least a 2.8 high school and/or college grade point average. Please note that meeting this minimum does not guarantee membership in a sorority. All submitted academic information will be verified against official transcripts on file with Florida State University, and academic information will be updated to match University records.

What are the requirements for participating in Panhellenic recruitment?

To be eligible to register and participate in Panhellenic Recruitment, you must first be fully admitted to and enrolled at Florida State University and registered for at least 12 credit hours of fall classes. Students who have not yet attended orientation and registered for classes, but who have been fully admitted to the university, are able to register for recruitment. Transient and dual enrolled students (those enrolled at other institutions but taking part-time courses at FSU) are not eligible.

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RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE


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Can I be excused from recruitment events because of prior commitments? 

Only official university events and illness/emergency are considered excused absences. University events include any university athletic team practice, marching band practice, orientation or any of the living/learning communities' programming. It is important to note many university programs have mandatory events which and if you are a part of these programs during recruitment, you must attend their scheduled activities. If you are aware of a university approved commitment that will interfere with the recruitment schedule, please email membership@floridastateph.com about it as soon as possible.

Non-university commitments such as travel are not considered excused absences.

When is Panhellenic recruitment?

Recruitment will take place from August 18th to August 25th. August 17th will be a mandatory day long orientation.

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RECRUITMENT PROCESS


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What if I am new to college, but have credit hours? Am I considered a Freshman?

On your application you will be asked for your current college classification. Your classification will be used to determine whether you are participating as a freshman or as an upperclassman. Classifications are based on the year you graduated from high school.

  • If this is your first year in college please select,“First Year.”

  • If this is not your first year in college, please select the year that best describes which year you will be entering. 

  • If you believe you have special circumstances, please complete your registration and then email membership@floridastateph.com

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When is the potential new member (PNM) orientation and what do I do about housing?

The required PNM orientation will be occurring on Saturday, August 17, 2019.If you are registered for recruitment and have an on-campus assignment for Fall, you will be allowed to move into your residence hall on Friday, August 16. Move in will span from 9am to 1pm. Please keep in mind that this only applies to Florida State University Residence Halls. For off-campus locations, you will have to make accommodations on your own with the leasing office/landlord. Also, for off-campus residents, there will be a discounted block rate for hotels. Further information will be provided as we solidify these rates.

If you are moving into a Florida State University Residence Hall it is important to keep in mind that since the official opening of the hall isn’t until Thursday, August 22nd, the hall may not be as decorated or as move-in ready as it will be later in the week. Most of the housing staff is still in the training process during the recruitment move in window, so housing staff will have limited availability during the first few days that you are living on campus. Anyone who does not live in the residence hall must be escorted by a resident —this includes parents. Once you complete your registration for recruitment, more information will be provided to you regarding housing.

What is a recommendation? Is it required?

A letter of recommendation is information about a Panhellenic potential new member (PNM) sent in by an alumna of a specific Panhellenic sorority to that sorority's headquarters and local Florida State chapter. These letters are in no way required and do not impact the recruitment process in any way. If a PNM elects to submit a letter of recommendation, it is suggested to look at the individual organization's national and local chapter websites for the information needed, as each organization has different policies and requirements. Please also see our chapter profiles page for more information. 

What if I don't want to join a sorority?

You are under no obligation to join a sorority just because you participate in Panhellenic recruitment. You are encouraged to participate in recruitment because it is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about sorority life, gain a better understanding of self, appreciate the meaning that is behind Greek letters, as well as make friends during the process.

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How many women actually get invited to join sororities at the end of recruitment? 

Although most women participating in Panhellenic recruitment are invited to join a chapter, there are no guarantees that you will receive a bid. Typically, about 30% of women participating in Panhellenic recruitment voluntarily withdraw themselves from the process during the week, choosing not to continue in recruitment even though they have chapters available to attend.

Unfortunately, we do have women who are completely released from the recruitment process. Each organization has their own membership criteria that is governed by their national organization. The membership criteria is the basis of how the chapters make their selections. Each year we see less than 5% of women released from the recruitment process.

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FINANCES


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How much does sorority membership cost?

There are financial obligations of sorority membership. In order for the organization to function, holding philanthropies, planning community service events, rewarding women for positive grades, etc., the membership must provide the revenue.

Each chapter has its own budgetary needs and with those needs comes a range of dues within the community. As a new member you can expect to pay between $2,300.00-$3,600.00/per semester (Out of House).

If a woman chooses to live in the house, if/when the opportunity is afforded to her, she can expect her dues to be between $2,300.00-$4,800.00/per semester.

All Panhellenic sorority dues at FSU include a weekly meal plan.

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How much does Panhellenic recruitment cost? 

Women registering for recruitment are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee prior to participating. The fee is paid online at the conclusion of the online registration. The fee covers costs associated with recruitment operations, including all printed materials, early move-in for Florida State University Residence Halls, four meals, snacks and water during the week, a clear bag, a water bottle, two t-shirts that are to be worn on the first two days of recruitment, a t shirt to be worn on bid day and additional items that are used for recruitment operations such as tents, fans, chairs, water coolers, etc. 

The fees increase as the summer progresses, so early registration has the lowest price.

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What financial assistance or scholarships are available for sorority membership? 

The Panhellenic Association has endowed a scholarship fund specifically to aid in a new member's ability to join an organization. The scholarship is a needs based, one time only award.


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