Students who are interested in receiving information about recruitment processes are invited to complete our Fraternity/Sorority Life Interest Form.

Panhellenic recruitment is the process where women who are interested in joining one of our 8 social sororities on campus explore their options. There are two types of recruitment: formal and continuous open bidding (COB). Formal recruitment takes place in January prior to the start of classes. COB occurs after the conclusion of formal recruitment and takes place year-round. Both options are a great way of learning about the organizations, however, the majority of women go through formal recruitment.

Requirements for Membership

  • Must complete 12 college credit hours as a matriculated student (AP and IB credits will not be included in credit hours).
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA (collegiate)
  • Must release the above information for verification:
    • There is a grade release form for Fall COB (available August 1).
    • Grade release information is included in the registration form for Spring formal recruitment.
  • Must complete PreventZone hazing education modules (Hazing Prevention: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility AND Fraternity & Sorority Life Module).
  • Must not have initiated into an NPC sorority.
  • For COB, a woman may not have received and declined a bid/resigned prior to initiation since the most recent formal recruitment.
  • Completed registration (formal recruitment only)
  • Submission of registration fee (formal recruitment only)

Spring 2024 Formal Recruitment Registration

Panhellenic Recruitment registration will be open from October 1, 2023, to November 10, 2023.

Additionally, we will be hosting two Parent & Family Webinars on December 6, 2023, at 7 p.m. and December 18, 2023, at 1 p.m. to discuss the Panhellenic Recruitment process and information that will be helpful in supporting your student.

Registration for Spring 2024 Recruitment will go live on October 1, 2023. Please note: the registration page will not load properly on cell phones. Please register from a computer.

2024 Formal Recruitment Dates

Formal Panhellenic Recruitment is an opportunity for all second-semester freshmen, upperclassmen, and transfer students to explore membership in the Panhellenic Council sororities. Over the course of 6 days, potential new members (PNMs) will visit with each chapter. At the end of each day, the PNMs make selections to narrow their options while the chapters do the same.

Formal recruitment requires a registration fee ($70)

Eligibility – To participate in formal recruitment, PNMs must meet the qualifications listed above.

Registration – Registration will go live October 1,2023. Please note: the registration page will not load properly on cell phones. Please register from a computer.

Returning to Campus –

  • Because the first rounds of Panhellenic Formal Recruitment will be held virtually, students should not return to campus early because residence halls will not be open yet. Please refer to communications from Residence Life & Housing for information about returning to campus for the spring semester.

Timeline & Recruitment Schedule –

  • November 15 – Virtual Potential New Member Assembly
  • Monday, January 8- PNM Welcome Assembly (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Round 1, Day 1: Chapter Introductions (virtual)
  • Thursday, January 11 – Round 1, Day 2: Chapter Introductions (virtual)
  • Friday, January 12 – Round 2: Philanthropy (virtual)
  • Saturday, January 13 & Sunday January 14 – Travel Days
  • Tuesday, January 16 – Round 3: Sisterhood (in-person)
  • Saturday, January 20 – Round 4: Preference (in-person)
  • Sunday: January 21 – Bid Day (in-person)

PNM Recruitment Booklet – This booklet is given to all Potential New Members prior to the recruitment process. It includes information about sorority recruitment, such as profiles of each participating sorority, an overview of the week, tips on what to wear and pages for taking notes. PNMs are encouraged to bring these booklets with them each day so they can keep track of their schedules and notes.  The digital version of the booklet is available here.

Recommendation Letter Information

Recommendation letters are not required for joining a sorority and many national organizations have done away with the practice. However, if you would like to send a recommendation on behalf of a potential new member, we encourage you to review the national organization’s website for instructions on how to do so. The Wake Forest Panhellenic Council will not provide contact information for letters of recommendation.

Fall Recruitment/Continuous Open Bidding

Please note: first-semester freshman are not eligible for fall recruitment.

Chapters are permitted to recruit up to a designated number approved each semester by the Panhellenic Council. Chapters with available membership spots can take members continually throughout the semester until they fill these spots. When we become aware of these organizations, we will post this information here.

Timeline – In the fall, bids can be distributed beginning the second Monday after the start of classes. In the spring, bids can be distributed immediately following the conclusion of formal recruitment. There are deadlines also established for when final bids must be given. These dates for a specific semester can be found on our Important Dates page.

Process – To fill open membership spots, chapters can extend bids in a variety of ways, whether that means hosting a COB event or just communicating directly with a potential new member (PNM). Bids can be offered at any time from the start of COB to the deadline for final bids. A PNM can receive multiple bids or no bids. While registering for COB is not required, the Panhellenic Council is happy to provide the contact information of any interested women to chapters that have available membership spots. If you would like to be contacted by a chapter, please submit your name to the FSL Interest Form. Similarly, when the Panhellenic Council is made aware of chapter’s hosting COB events, this information will be distributed to anyone who has submitted this form. There is no registration fee associated with COB.

Eligibility – To be eligible to join a chapter through COB, students must meet the same criteria listed above.

Participating Chapters –

  • Fall 2023 – Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Beta Gamma
  • Spring 2024 – Will be determined following formal recruitment

Should you have any questions concerning the recruitment process, please contact one of the following individuals or Student Engagement at (336) 758-7168.

Charlotte Dalke
Vice President for Membership, Panhellenic Council

Brittany Harris-Nelson
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life (336)758-2940

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