Published on September 11, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

The number of Samford students who are members of one of the university’s seven Panhellenic sorority organizations continues to rise, based on figures compiled after annual Bid Day in September.

Recruitment participation reached a new high this year with 450 registered students, the largest class in Samford’s history. Overall Samford Panhellenic placed 97% of the women registered into a sorority, an increase from 2018, which was 95% placement.

The average chapter size for sororities increased from 222 last fall to 227 this fall. Nearly half of Samford undergraduates are members of a Greek organization.

“The sorority community at Samford is thriving,” said Julie Fletcher Mincey, director of Greek Life. “I continue to be amazed by the interest of incoming students and families. Samford is blessed to have men and women who are intentional to invest in one another and in our Greek community.”

Mincey noted the theme for this year’s recruitment was “purpose.”

“I am hopeful the women walking through the process and current students were able to experience a week of purposeful connections and relationship building,” she said. “Recruitment and Bid Day are just the beginning of real, lifelong friendships and faithful sisterhood.”

Samford Greeks had a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 after spring of 2019 while all Samford undergraduates had an average of 3.328, she noted.

Bid Day 2019 Photos

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