Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are specific to sorority (PHC) recruitment and fraternity (IFC) recruitment. Information on the intake process for chapters affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council can be found under the “Join a Chapter” tab.

Sorority Recruitment+

What is sorority recruitment?

Panhellenic formal recruitment is comprised of three formal rounds (Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference) followed by Bid Day. Recruitment is a "mutual selection" process where potential new members (PNMs) and current chapter members can learn more about one another.

When is sorority recruitment?

Fall 2017 sorority recruitment will take place September 4-6 & 8-9 with Bid Day on September 10. A more detailed calendar of events is on the Greek Life recruitment page.

Do I have to go through the formal recruitment process if I am interested in Delta Delta Delta?

No. Interested potential new members of Delta Delta Delta do not have to go through formal recruitment. 

What are the requirements to register for recruitment?

Interested participants must register by 11:59 PM on August 31st and pay a non-refundable, $100 application fee. Fees increase throughout the summer. To be eligible to participate in sorority recruitment, participants must be a full-time student at Samford. A suggested GPA of 3.0 or higher is only recommended not required. Please see our grade zones on the guidebook app for more information on recommended GPA ranges.

How much are chapter dues per semester?

Chapter dues vary by each chapter. At Samford, the fall semester (new member) dues are a low of $550 to a high of $1000. Once a new member is initiated, her fall dues will decrease to a range of $350 - $600. These price points do not include t-shirts, sweatshirts, monthly assessments, etc.

What is a PNM?

A PNM is a potential new member.

What is a Rho Gamma?

A Rho Gamma is a recruitment guide potential new members through the recruitment process. Rho Gammas are disaffiliated from their chapters prior to and during recruitment and act as an unbiased source of information and support.

What is Philanthropy Night?

Philanthropy night comprises Round 1 of recruitment. During philanthropy parties, PNMs will have a chance to learn out each sorority’s service initiatives and participate in a hands-on service project at each house. Parties for this night are only 30 minutes. PNMs will visit six chapters all in one night.

What is Sisterhood Night?

Sisterhood night is Round 2 of recruitment. PNMs will attend up to four 40 minute parties where chapters will present the values and characteristics important to their lives and sisterhood.

What is Preference Night?

Preference night is Round 3 of recruitment. PNMs will attend up to two 50 minute parties where chapters will share more of their sisterhood in a formal setting.

What happens on Bid Day?

Bid Day is the final day of sorority recruitment. PNMs may a.) receive a bid from their top choice chapter b.) receive a bid from one of the chapters listed on their bid preference list c.) not receive a bid d.) receive a call offering a “snap” bid from a chapter not on their bid preference list.

Can family members attend Bid Day?

Family members may attend the Bid Day celebration on the Quad, but may not attend the bid ceremony in the Wright Center.

What is a legacy?

A legacy is a prospective member whose sister/mother/grandmother is an alumna or active member of a specific organization. Panhellenic organizations may differ slightly on their definition of a legacy, and more information may be found on each chapter’s national website. Being a legacy does not guarantee a PNM an invitation to membership. 

What is a rec letter? Do potential new members have to have a rec for each chapter?

A “rec” letter is a written statement from an alumna or initiated member recommending a potential new member to a Panhellenic sorority. While it is required to have a reference for a chapter, at Samford recommendation letters are encouraged. More than two recommendation letters per chapter is excessive.

Where do I mail in my rec letter?

Office of Greek Life
Attn: Sorority Name
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Can I receive a bid without a recommendation letter?

Yes, absolutely. Not everyone who participates in sorority recruitment submits a letter of recommendation.

How can I find more information on Samford sorority recruitment?

Potential new members are encouraged to attend the Greek Life information session during Bulldog Days summer orientation. A complete recruitment schedule will also be available via the Samford Univeristy guidebook app free in app stores. PNMs may download the guide by searching “Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment 2017”.

What is an MRABA?

The membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement is a binding document signed by PNMs the night after preference parties are attended. The agreement states the PNM will accept a bid from the sororities attended that evening during preference round. Once signed if a PNM chooses to not accept her bid, she is ineligible to join another sorority until the next primary recruitment period, which is fall primary recruitment 2018.

Fraternity Recruitment+

What is fraternity recruitment?

Formal fraternity (IFC) recruitment is comprised of four formal rounds (Opening Night, Alumni Night, Brothers Night In, Brothers Night Out) followed by Bid Day. Recruitment is a "mutual selection" process where potential new members (PNMs) and current chapter members can learn more about one another.

When is fraternity recruitment?

Fall 2017 fraternity recruitment will take place September 18-22. A more detailed calendar of events is on the Greek Life recruitment page.

What are the requirements to register for recruitment?

Interested participants must register by 11:59 PM on September 13th and pay a non-refundable, $40 application fee. To be eligible to participate in fraternity recruitment, participants must be a full-time student at Samford. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended, but required.

How much are chapter dues per semester?

Chapter dues vary by each chapter. At Samford, fraternity dues range around $450-$1200 per semester for new members including one time fees of national initiation and new member fees.

Where do I mail in my rec letter?

Office of Greek Life
Attn: Fraternity Name
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

What is Opening Night?

Opening Night is Round 1 of recruitment.  Interested participants will have a chance to visit all 5 fraternities for 30 minute parties.

What is Alumni Night?

Alumni night is the second formal night of recruitment. Participants will have a chance to meet both collegians and alumni from each organization and learn how fraternity life has impacted them after college.

What is Brothers Night In?

During Round 3 of fraternity recruitment, potential members have the opportunity to get to know brothers in a more casual setting at their chapter houses.

What is Brothers Night Out?

During the final round of fraternity recruitment, potential members will be invited to off-campus locations to participate in a selected activity. There is a maximum of two invitations this round.

What happens on Bid Day?

Bid Day is the final day of fraternity recruitment. All participants in recruitment can check in at the bid table from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Dwight Beeson Hall. There will be one large event at 4:00 PM on the steps of the University Center for individual chapter photos and then each fraternity will move forward with their own plans for the evening.

How can I find more information on Samford fraternity recruitment?

Potential new members are encouraged to attend the Greek Life information session during Bulldog Days summer orientation. A complete recruitment schedule will also be available via the Guidebook app online. Potential members may download the guide by searching “Samford Fraternity Recruitment 2017”.