Recruitment

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment 2017: September 4-6 & 8-9 with Bid Day on September 10
Interfraternity Council Recruitment 2017: September 18-21 with Bid Day on September 18

Samford Greek Life is a purposeful, faithful and real community. Greek membership at Samford means you will take a lifelong oath to care about one another and the world around you. Choosing to join a fraternity or sorority will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Interfraternity Council

Fraternity life at Samford provides friendships, leadership, service, and academic opportunities. Joining the fraternity community at Samford is a prime opportunity to become involved with intramurals, vast alumni bases, service projects, and Samford student life as a whole. The Greek system at Samford is a faithful community showing support and accountability each member. Becoming Greek at Samford gives you opportunities to become involved in campus wide traditions such as Step Sing, campus activities, and Samford Gives Back.

Interfraternity Council Recruitment Guide

Registration

Deadline: September 13, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
Registration Fee: $30
Required for Registration: Résumé and Picture

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Schedule

  • September 18: Opening Night - Meet all five chapters
  • September 19: Alumni Night
  • September 20: Brothers Night In
  • September 21: Brothers Night Out (Carpooling is suggested)
  • September 22: Bid Day on The Quad

Recommendation letters can be sent to:

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

FAQs

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 13 and pay a non-refundable $30 application fee. The application fee increase to $40 on August 1st. 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 not required.

How much are chapter dues per semester?

Chapter dues vary by each chapter. At Samford, fraternity dues range between $450–$1,200 for the first semester as a new member of a fraternity. Active brother's pay between $350 - $600 per semester for dues.

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 five fraternities for formal information sessions. Each round is 30 minutes with each chapter. Participants must visit all chapters.

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.

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 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Dwight Beeson Hall. There will be one large event at 4 p.m. 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.”

What should I put on my resumeé?

It is suggested to put your high school involvement such as, but not limited to student government, clubs, honor societies, sports, church or youth group, work experience, volunteer work, or any other leadership experience. 

Panhellenic Council

Sorority Life at Samford is an excellent opportunity for growth in all areas of life. Sorority women learn how to lead, serve, reach academic goals, and most importantly develop to be better friends. Being in the Samford sorority community provides opportunity to be involved in service projects, intramurals, and Samford student life as a whole.

The Greek system at Samford is a faithful community showing support and accountability for each member. Being part of this community is one of many ways at Samford to become involved in traditions such as Step Sing and Samford Gives Back. Sorority life is an opportunity to live in like-minded community and grow into the ideal person you want to become.

Panhellenic Recruitment Guide

Registration

Registration opens: May 1
Deadline: August 31 at 11:59 p.m.
Registration Fee: $100, May 1 – June 30, $115 July 1-31, $125 August 1-31
Require for registration: photo, resume, unofficial transcript

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Schedule

  • August 30: Recruitment 101 at 5 p.m., Seibert
  • August 31: Registration deadline at 11:59 p.m.
  • September 1: Recommendation letter submission deadline
  • September 4 & 5: Philanthropy Round
  • September 6 & 8: Sisterhood Round
  • September 9: Preference Round
  • September 10: Bid Day

Recommendation letters can be sent to:

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

FAQs

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 concluding on September 10. 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 p.m. on on August 31 and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. Participants must upload a resume, unofficial transcript, and headshot to the registration link. Do not upload a photo collage. 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 recommended. Please see our grade zones on the guidebook app for more information on recommended GPA ranges.

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. Recommendation letters are from an alumna or initiated member of a Panhellenic sorority to Samford's chapter of that sorority. It is not required for the alumna to be from Samford. While it is not required to have a recommendation letter for a chapter, at Samford recommendation letters are encouraged. One to two recommendation letters will be sufficient, for this allows chapters to get to learn about you before recruitment. Three or more recommendation letters is excessive.

What should I give the alumna or initiated member writing my rec letter?

It is suggested that participants supply the alumna or member with a copy of the participant's resume, an unofficial transcript, a headshot, and the address (below) to send it to. Samford's Panhellenic chapters accept paper rec letters to the address below or electronic rec letters through the national organization's website. 

How do I contact an Alumna?

The easiest way to contact an alumna to write your letter is to start asking among your friends and family. Ask your neighbors, your friend's mothers, your mother's friends, and your teachers at school. If they are not members of a sorority, they may be able to put you in contact with someone who is. The easiest way might be by simply posting on Facebook. Another option is to contact an Alumnae Panhellenic Association in your area for assistance with securing a recommendation. The alumnae member writing the letter should know if her sorority's forms are available through the national office and website. 

Where do I mail in my rec letter?

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

When is the deadline to submit a recommendation letter?

Recommendation letters are suggested to be submitted by August 15th so the chapters have plenty of time to review them. However, the deadline to submit a rec letter is September 1st.

Can I receive a bid without a recommendation letter?

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

Is there a GPA requirement for recruitment?

No, there is not a GPA requirement, only a suggested GPA. Samford sororities individually choose chapter GPA standards and therefore have the potential to select women for membership with a variety of GPAs . Panhellenic encourages potential new members to at least have a 3.0, but see our grade breakdown below. 

Red Zone:
Your sorority options are very likely to be limited because of your GPA. (3.00 GPA and below)
Yellow Zone:
Your sorority options are likely to be limited by GPA (3.01-3.25)
Green Zone:
Your sorority options are not likely based on GPA (3.3+) 

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 $800 to a high of $1,000. Once a new member is initiated, her fall dues will decrease to a range of $500 - $700. These price points do no include t-shirts, sweatshirts, monthly assessments, etc.

Can I attend the Engage Spiritual Life Retreat and participate in recruitment?

Yes! We encourage students to attend the Engage Retreat. The retreat is Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of September. Students participating in recruitment will have a break on Sunday the 3rd, and Formal Recruitment will start on Monday the 4th. These two events do not overlap. 

I have a School of the Arts event on Monday September 4th. Can I still participate in sorority recruitment?

Yes. Participants will attend Philanthropy round parties on either Monday September 4th or Tuesday September 5th. We can place you in a group that attends parties only on Tuesday September 5th. Please email greeklife@samford.edu to notify us of this conflict.

What should I put on my resumeé?

It is suggested to put your high school involvement such as, but not limited to student government, clubs, honor societies, sports, church or youth group, work experience, volunteer work, or any other leadership experience. 

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.

What is Sisterhood Night?

Sisterhood night is Round 2 of recruitment. PNMs will attend up to four 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 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 Seibert Gym.

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.

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 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 legal 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 (including Delta Delta’s colonization process) until the next primary recruitment period, which is recruitment 2017.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Currently at Samford, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., participate in intake, a process delaying recruitment until a collegiate GPA is established. The individual requirements for participation in intake/to join are different for each chapter, but you can expect these generalities:

  • Must have 12 - 24 Samford credit hours.
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Need several recommendation letters. The chapters will provide specific information.
  • Need to demonstrate community service.
  • Need to illustrate campus involvement.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Membership Guide

STEP 1: Greek Speak

The purpose of Greek Speak is to give students information about the various groups, membership requirements, and benefits of joining Greek Life at Samford.. Greek Speak is also an opportunity for the Office of Greek Life to discuss important information about Hazing guidelines, the challenges of joining a Greek-letter organization, and the various guidelines specific to joining an organization at Samford.

STEP 2: Research

We encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. You can do this by comparing national websites and chapter websites. Attending Greek Speak in the Fall which is September 26, 2017 at 6:00PM in Brock Forum. You can attend programs of chapters to gauge comfort zone with different chapters.

STEP 3: Interest Meetings

Attend interest meetings of the organization that you have serious interest in. In order to determine which organization you are interested in, we encourage students to research each organization in order to discern which chapter is a best fit for you. Please note that some organizations may take your attendance at an interest meeting as an indicator of a set decision for membership intake.

How do I learn about an interest meeting?

  • Each chapter advertises via flyer on campus, so watch for posting on bulletin boards around campus if you plan to attend an interesting meeting.

STEP 4: Membership Intake

Each organization takes individuals through a membership intake process. The process is comprised of an interest meeting/group or gush and a formal application process General Requirements:

  • Must have 12 - 24 Samford credit hours.
  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Need several recommendation letters. The chapters will provide specific information.
  • Need to demonstrate community service.
  • Need to illustrate campus involvement.

NPHC website

Multicultural Sorority

Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. holds recruitment events during each Fall and Spring semester. Delta Xi Phi seeks college women who are interested in cultivating a diverse environment on campus and promoting multiculturalism. The sorority hopes to help shape women in achieving high academic standards and benefiting their community through service. The sorority also strives to create lasting bonds of sisterhood and friendship within the Omega chapter, other chapters of Delta Xi Phi, and with other women on campus.

Qualifications to Join:

  • Possessing a 2.4 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Maintaining full-time status as a Samford student
  • Having a genuine interest in multiculturalism
  • Attend 1 information night and 2 recruitment events

Our Schedule:

  • Sept. 17-18: Information Nights (attend 1)
  • Sept. 19: Game Night
  • Sept 20: Community Service Night
  • Sept 21: Sisterhood night
  • Sept. 22: Movie Night

After recruitment week, invitations to formally join the sorority will be extended. There is a 6-8 week associate member process with initiation to full-member status occurring at the end of the semester.