Everything You Need To Know About The Ins And Outs Of Sorority Recruitment

Everything You Need To Know About The Ins And Outs Of Sorority Recruitment

Recruitment can be a scary thing to go through, but fear no more.

If you’re still wondering about wanting to go through recruitment, or already know you want to, this article is a resource that will help you a TON! Keep in mind that many of the things will not be exactly how each university goes about recruitment but is the same general idea. I will be writing mostly from my own experience of going through Troy University’s formal recruitment.

Who helps you out during recruitment?

Recruitment week will be one of the most nerve wrecking, confusing, and awkward times you may experience. You are put into a group with other girls going through recruitment, and you will have leaders of your group who are already in sororities. At many universities, they are called Pi Chis. Your Pi Chis are your biggest support system throughout the week and are there for you to cry and laugh with. You can’t know which sororities they are in until Bid Day, because of potential coercion to their sorority.

Having an open mind while you’re going through all of the houses is stressed so heavily because you need to choose the one that best fits you. The other girls that are in your group may be in the same sorority as you, and even if they don’t get the same bid as you, the relationships you create with them don’t end past recruitment, so get to know them!

What is it like going through all of the houses, and do the girls actually scream and yell at you when they open the door?

To answer the second part of the question, yes, they do. Although they do sing very loudly and it can be very overwhelming, it’s not as crazy as everyone depicts. Some sororities go all out and bang their heads from side to side, but from my personal experience, they’re only trying to hype up the morale so when you go in you enjoy your visit. You will line up in front of the house one by one, alphabetically in your group, so when different girls in the house talk to you, they are able to write notes and give you points once your visit is over. Points and notes determine if you are asked back, or potentially receive a bid.

Each house has a different feel to it, and each sister you speak to will leave a different impact. My best advice is to keep an open mind and don’t let one negative conversation overpower other great ones.

What is a bid, and how does Bid Day work?

Sadly, not every girl who goes through recruitment receives a bid. Some girls are dropped during the week for various reasons: they didn’t meet GPA requirements, they had negative social media postings, they didn’t fit in well, etc. The day before Bid Day, you will "pref" a sorority that you wish to receive a bid, and you find out on Bid Day which sorority gave you a bid. If you do not receive a bid at all, you are contacted immediately, and no one goes into the waiting area unless they receive one.

Once everyone gets their bid and “runs home,” you go out and do different celebratory things with your new sisters, and take tons of pictures! If you receive a bid from a house you may not have wanted, get it some time. You get out of it, what you put in, so make it worth the while.

It’s a tiring week, but it’s worth it once you develop relationships with a new set of girls who will guide you through anything. Meeting new girls, especially within a sorority, will help you exponentially on campus, because many of them can help you with your classes, show you where everything is, and can also help you get involved and meet the right people for your future plans in life.

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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

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8. "Frat" sticker

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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I Was 'That Sorority Girl,' But That Doesn't Mean I Stand With Harvard

Underneath my sorority pin and white rituals dress, I am a frat boy.


Okay, let start looking at the manner differently, shall we?

Sorry, you can't play on the baseball team for your high school, because this is a boy sanctioned sport. Oh, no, no I am not saying that you can't play sports here. You can play softball, it is basically the same thing, but it is the girl sanctioned sport.

Okay, here is the thing. I am all for girl power. And embracing your inner femininity. However, I don't believe that the way to get that is by being exposed to a tight nite group of a "girls only" club. Everyone has different reasons for going Greek. Maybe you want to get involved with social activities on campus, party, or if you were like me, wanting to be around strong and inspiring women. People who drive you to work harder and do more in the world. Having friends both in sorority life and fraternity life, I often heard different reasons why the joined. However, for the most part, it all came down to one word: family. Everyone I spoke to wanted to have somewhere where they felt inclusive and belonged. For freshman new to the world of college and away from home for maybe the first time we all were looking for somewhere to belong.

So, here is the thing, if Greek life is truly about finding somewhere where we belong, then why are we saying, "Sorry, this is an all-girls club," or "Sorry this is the boys only room." Being exclusive doesn't make something more special. It makes it, well, one-sided. Greek life is basically a club. So, why should we be excluded people who are actually interested in joining? The whole requirement process is so intense, that if someone actually says, "Yes, I want to join a sorority, but I identify as male" then why are we telling them no. That they have to go over to the boy's side.

You want to join a house that makes you feel comfortable that you feel like you belong. For me, I never felt like I belonged to my sorority. I felt like an outcast throughout my time in the house. I poured my heart into the social committee, philanthropy works, making the cutest gifts you can imagine for my little, but I never felt like I was met for my house. I made some best friends and that was all great. But, the truly inspirational people that I hung out with and got what I had hoped for from Greek life, where the boys who lived across the fence from our house: the frats.

Yes, frats have their reputations. Their bathrooms never seem to be clean, they haze and can act so rude to girls. Yeah, well, wake up call, that is everyone. Your gender isn't going to be that defining reason why someone acts a certain way. And through my own hazing experience at my sorority and seeing their true colors, I never felt at home there. But take me to my best friends live out any old day and I felt like I was at home.

I would often joke about rushing their frat and how I wish I could. But truth is, that was never a joke, I was always full on serious. I may not be able to relate to things the boys have been going through. The pressures of the society of being a man or how the world expected so much from them but shamed them at the same time, or the thrills of standing up when peeing. But I felt a connection there.

At the end of the day, we join Greek to build a connection, a home. If we all rushed with blindfolds on and spoke to people, we would never see if they are male or female. Instead, we would be choosing brothers and sisters only on their goodness of heart and who we build a connection with through recruitment. You can learn so much from someone of the opposite sex. You can get to see the world from a different perspective. In a group setting, that diversity is important. You want to surround yourself by inspiring people who teach you new things about the world. If we keep ourselves stuck in our "girl clubs" and "boy clubs" we are never getting that perspective we need in our lives. We stay one-sided and taking away someone else chance to feel like they belong. We all want a home, so why are we taking away someone chance to one? Sorry, you can't join the "softball team," but there is the "baseball team" it is basically the same thing. But here is the thing, we didn't want to play "baseball." We wanted to experience what you are.

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