Fraternity & Sorority Life

Sorority Recruitment

Welcome to Illinois Wesleyan University!!

We would both like to congratulate you on becoming a Titan and starting your academic career here at IWU. Sorority life has been a part of Illinois Wesleyan for over 140 years, making it one of the most long-standing campus organizations in the community! Joining a sorority is a great way to jump-start your involvement in student life. Whether it is academically, athletically, socially, or in service and leadership roles, the fraternity and sorority community at IWU provides a network of support throughout your undergraduate experience and beyond. By choosing to participate in recruitment, you will have the opportunity to meet and contact with various women, many of whom are leaders on this campus.

The decision to go through recruitment is full of new possibilities and an excellent way to make the most out of your years here at IWU. Recruitment will give you a better insight into what sorority life here at IWU is all about. Throughout recruitment, you will learn about the many exciting opportunities available to sorority women such as Greek Week, Philanthropy events, scholarships, networking, leadership workshops, alumni connections, and much more.

We have provided this guide to help you better understand what the College Panhellenic community can offer you and help you decide if going through recruitment is right for you. Joining a sorority can be an amazing way to make the most of your college experience and this guide can help you along the journey. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cph@iwu.edu.

We are looking forward to meeting you.


 

Formal Recruitment takes place each Fall Semester

The information below will be updated leading up to the start of the next recruitment cycle.  We leave it up to give Potential New Members an idea of the schedule for formal recruitment and the types of events that take place during Recruitment Week.

 

RECRUITMENT REGISTRATION

Registration is a quick and easy process. Just click HERE** and fill in the answers to the questions. Recruitment costs are $25.00 per student (nonrefundable) and include a recruitment t-shirt.

**Registration for Fall 2018 sorority recruitment will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, September 10, 2018.


PRE-RECRUITMENT EVENTS

The College Panhellenic sponsors several pre-recruitment activities to allow interested women to explore sorority life without making a commitment to participate in recruitment. This allows potential members to see if sorority life is for them. Additionally, these serve as opportunities for interested women who may have to miss a round of recruitment due to class or athletic commitments to have an opportunity to meet women in the chapters to assist in making her decision later in the process.

Information Sessions


FORMAL RECRUITMENT

Formal Recruitment is the process by which sorority members introduce themselves to potential members. Throughout the week, you are invited to visit all four chapters and learn what each has to offer. Joining a sorority is a big decision and attending all the recruitment events is strongly encouraged to help you make the decision that is best for you

Formal recruitment is conducted through the means of mutual selection. At the end of each night, potential members will select the chapters they would like to visit again. Likewise, the chapters invite back potential new members that they feel will be a good fit for their chapter. A computer software program then compiles the data and schedules are produced for the potential member for the next scheduled day of events. This process continues throughout the week until preference night.

To view the 2018 Recruitment Guidelines, please click HERE.

To visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, please click HERE.

Click on the tab for each day for more details about that night of formal recruitment. 

Orientation Night

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 • 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm • Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center 

Orientation Night is the first required event. During Orientation Night, potential new members will meet their Recruitment Counselors, learn about how the process works, and get to know other PNMs in their group. Dress is casual.

Check-in begins at 7:45 pm.

Sisterhood Night

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm • Memorial Center (Joslin Atrium, Turfler Room, Cartwright Room, Davidson Room)

Sisterhood Night is the first formal interaction potential new members can interact with the chapters. This is an opportunity for chapters to highlight what makes their sisterhood special and is a less formal setting to talk to sorority women. Rounds will be 30 minutes in length. Attire is your recruitment t-shirt and jeans. 

Check-in begins at 6:15 pm at the Dugout Exhibit Booth. Late arrivals should come to the Dugout area for check-in and instructions.

Chapter Tour Night

Values NightThursday, September 13, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm • Memorial Center

Tour night is when every potential new member has the opportunity to take a tour of each sorority house. While on the tour the PNMs learn what it is like to live in each sorority house, what amenities the house has to offer while getting to know active members of each sorority. Rounds will be 45 minutes in length. Attire will be business casual. 

Check-in begins at 6:15 pm in Recruitment Counselor Meeting Rooms. Late arrivals should come to the Dugout area for check-in and instructions.

Values Night

 

Tours Night Friday, September 14, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm • Memorial Center

Values Night is the first invitational round of recruitment. PNMs will learn about each sorority’s philanthropy and what values each sorority strives to embody. During this night the PNMs will create more connections with active members and come to know who these women really are. Rounds will be 60 minutes in length. Attire is casual pants and a nice top (no t-shirts). 

Check-in begins at 6:15 pm in Recruitment Counselor Meeting Rooms. Late arrivals should come to the Dugout area for check-in and instructions. 

Preference Night

Pref NightSaturday, September 15, 2018 • 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm • CNS (Center for Natural Sciences)

Preference Night is the final invitational round of recruitment. This is one of the most important and inspirational nights of Recruitment. The active members share their personal stories and share what their sorority means to them. Rounds will be 75 minutes in length. Attire is semi-formal.

Check-in begins at 6:15 pm in CNS Atrium. Late arrivals should come to the CNS Atrium area for check-in and instructions.

Bid Day

Bid Day

Sunday, September 16, 2018 • 11:00 am - varies • Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Bid Day marks the end of formal recruitment. This is when PNMs become new members of a sorority. It is the best day Recruitment! PNMs will receive their bids, participate in CPH Bid Day ceremonies, and then are greeted by the women of the sorority and do bonding activities with all members of their new chapters. Attire is shorts or jeans and a t-shirt or tank top. T-shirts will be provided once you receive & accept your bid.

Bid Day Officially Ends at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017.

 

FORMAL RECRUITMENT EXCUSE FORM

If you will miss or be late for a round of recruitment, please complete the following form by clicking  HERE .


CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING

Continuous Open Recruitment is the process by which sororities that have vacancies in their quota or total are able to introduce themselves to potential members. This process is less formal than Formal Recruitment and many students prefer this style of deciding if sorority life is for them. Participating chapters will hold individual events and invite potential members to visit with their chapter members in activities such as going to a movie, grabbing a bite to eat or other activities where they can get to know each other. Potential members do not have to visit all participating chapters and there is no obligation to join if you attend an event.

Please check back following fall formal recruitment to see if any chapters will be hosting COB events.


Click HERE to visit our Recruitment Counselor page to learn about the sorority women who will be working closest with you during recruitment.


 RECRUITMENT INFRACTION REPORTS

The NPC Infraction process is put in place to help assure an equitable and democratic process for all chapters, members and potential new members. The NPC judicial process encourages sororities to resolve alleged infractions in a timely and informal manner. However, if respectful, informal conversations are unsuccessful then a formal infraction report should be filed. Formal infractions may be submitted by the following individuals: College Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Recruitment Counselor, College Panhellenic Officer or Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisor.

Click Here to submit a formal infraction report.