Information for Parents
Going through recruitment can be stressful for some students and it can be equally as stressful for parents and loved ones. Some family members were involved in Greek life during their time in college, but for others being a member of a sorority is a new concept. Whether you were involved in Greek life or this is a new experience for you, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Recruitment process here at Florida State University.
- The Recruitment process varies between institutions and over time.
The Recruitment process has drastically changed over time. Here, at FSU, we have a fully structured, formal Recruitment process. This means that your student will have the opportunity to meet every chapter on our campus. Each chapter and each university may have a different Recruitment process, so we encourage you to go through the Recruitment process with an open mind. We understand that you and your daughter may be nervous about going through the Recruitment process. Please know that the Panhellenic Association at FSU is always here to answer your questions and put any rumors to rest! Refer to our website, Facebook or Instagram for updated tips and information about Recruitment.
- Encourage your daughter to have meaningful, values-based conversations
At Florida State University we have a values based Recruitment process. This means that the women in our chapters are looking for women that have similar values to join their chapter. When going through Recruitment, your daughter should ask questions to see if her values align with the women that she is conversing with at each chapter. At night, you can talk to your daughter about how her Recruitment experience is going. Help her reflect on her values and see which chapters’ values she connected with that day.
- Letters of Recommendation
A recommendation is a personal letter of reference provided by an alumna of a sorority to her sorority’s chapter at FSU. The purpose of a recommendation letter is to simply introduce you to the sorority so that the chapter members may become better acquainted to you prior to recruitment. As a general disclaimer, FSU does NOT require letters of recommendation in order to participate in our formal recruitment process. That being said, if you do want to submit recommendation letters, you can find the delivery addresses for each chapter on our website www.floridastateph.com under the Chapter Profiles tab.
Oftentimes our recruitment staff is asked how you should go about obtaining these letters, and here is how you can do so:
Personally ask an alumna to write a letter or fill out the national form on your behalf
Once an alumna has offered or been asked to write a reference, she may request some information from you. The alumna writing the reference is solely responsible for obtaining the appropriate form from her national organization, completing the form, and mailing it to her chapter.
Reference and recommendation letters do not guarantee a bid for membership. Recommendation letters are not required to receive a bid, and you will not be penalized in any way if a letter or form is not submitted on your behalf.
While there is no set due date for letters of recommendation, we recommend that you have them sent by the middle or end of July so that our recruitment chairs have time to process them.
- Meal plans
16 of our 17 Panhellenic chapters offer meal plans for the 2018-2019 academic year. Sorority meal plans are included in dues and vary from chapter to chapter. Typically, sororities provide dinner on Sunday-Thursday and lunch from Monday-Friday. During the Financial Round of Recruitment, each sorority will describe the type of meal plan they offer. Feel free to have your daughter ask questions about meals during this round!
If you receive a bid from one of our chapters, you will be allowed to reduce your Seminole Dining meal plan to the 55 Seminole meal plan. This meal plan provides students with 55 meals per semester for $624.
- Housing/ Orientation
If your daughter is registered for Recruitment, she will be allowed to move into an on campus residence hall on Friday August 17th, 2018. Move in will span from 1pm to 7pm.
University Housing is excited to welcome new residents to campus. Although the resident’s room may be cleaned, the hall may not be as decorated and move-in ready as it will be later in the week. Most of the housing staff will still be in training, meaning they will have limited availability during the first few days of your daughter’s residence. An important note if you are assisting your daughter’s move in is that you must be escorted by her into the residence hall. This means that if you plan to set up your daughter’s room, this should be done at a time when your daughter is available to be present. Anyone who does not live in the hall MUST be escorted by a resident.
On August 18th, students registered for Recruitment must attend a mandatory Recruitment Orientation session. After your student registers for Recruitment, she will receive an email stating which orientation session she is assigned. Students must attend the orientation session they are assigned or they will be released from the Recruitment process.
When deciding to join a sorority, it is important to consider the financial requirements of membership. The financial obligation varies depending on the chapter. Chapter dues are distributed to the respective national organization, the Panhellenic Council, and to the local chapter. Local chapter fees may be utilized for food, sisterhood events, activities, housing corporation fees, and chapter facility staff. The first semester of membership typically involves a new member/ initiation fee in addition to chapter dues, making the first semester of membership more expensive than the rest of your semesters.
- Living Out-House Fees (per semester): $1390-$2742
- Living In-House Fees (per semester): $2908-$5841
- New Member Fees (for the fall semester): $2037-$3311
Joining a sorority is a financial obligation that should be taken seriously and discussed with everyone involved. During investment round, chapters will give comprehensive financial presentations to the potential new members. After the presentations, the potential new members will have the opportunity to ask the chapter women any specific questions they may have about member dues. Potential new members are encouraged by Recruitment Staff and their Recruitment Counselors to share this information with whomever may be assisting them financially.