How Formal Recruitment Works
Formal Recruitment is conducted through a means of mutual selection. At the end of each round, recruitment guests will bring priority rankings of each chapter they would like to see again. Likewise, the chapters invite back the recruitment guests that they believe will be a good fit for their chapter. The data is then complied by a computer software program and schedules are produced for each guest for the next round. This process continues throughout the week until Preference Round. Immediately following the last preference event, preference card signing will be explained to all recruitment guests.
Women’s Formal Recruitment is hosted by the Panhellenic Council (PHC), and is a great way to meet the 14 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters at The University of Iowa. As a new or returning student at Iowa, Formal Recruitment is a great introduction to the campus and an excellent way to form a network of close friends within just a few days.
As a recruitment guest, you will have the opportunity to attend events at each of the NPC chapters. Throughout the week by a process of mutual selection, both chapters and guests will narrow their choices. While you might not get your top choice, all of our chapters at The University of Iowa have something to offer and guests are strongly encouraged to keep an open mind. By participating in Formal Recruitment, you are taking the first step toward an active and enriching experience as a sorority member at Iowa. Without a doubt, you will meet women who will be your best friends during your college years and beyond.
What happens at a recruitment event?
A recruitment event is the time set aside for recruitment guests to learn more abut individual chapters and for chapter members to learn more about prospective members. Recruitment guests will meet and talk to various members of the chapter.
Remember: Chapter members are just as nervous about meeting new people and make a good impression as you are! They are concentrating on portraying a favorable image of their chapter as much as you are concerned about positively representing yourself. Most women are meeting you for the first time and will need to ask the same "get to know you" questions. Don’t be shy. The more you get to know the chapters, and vice versa, the easier it will be to select the chapters that are right for you.
What about rumors?
It is possible that during recruitment you may hear rumors about chapters or chapter members. Speaking unfavorably about a chapter, chapter member, or another prospective member could result in influencing someone’s recruitment experience and hurting someone’s feelings. If you encounter any negative comments or behaviors from the chapter members or other recruitments guests, please report it. Questions and concerns should be directed to the Rho Gammas or members of the Panhellenic Council or Advisors (also know as Recruitment Staff).
Recruitment guests shall follow residence hall policies while living in or meeting on residence hall property. All recruitment guests are asked to act in a respectful, mature manner during recruitment. Any questionable behavior will be addressed by PHC.