Frequently asked questions
Q: How will recruitment be different due to COVID?
A: Recruitment is going to be an entirely virtual experience this fall! We are really excited about this new format because while it is different from previous years, it is an opportunity to show the strength of our community regardless of the uncertainty of the world right now. Please remember that as PNMs you aren’t signing up for recruitment for what that recruitment weekend/process looks like. You are signing up to participate in values-based recruitment to go full faith through the mutual selection process and hopefully find your home in one of our amazing organizations.
Q: How will virtual recruitment work?
A: Here is a general overview of the Recruitment weekend: On Wednesday PNMs will have a virtual orientation with the Recruitment Management Team (RMT) and Rho Gammas. Day 1 of Recruitment (Scholarship Day) will consist of two parts. PNMS will have a select amount of time to view 9 different chapter videos and one general video about the UConn Panhellenic community. Chapters will view PNM video submissions. Day 2, (Philanthropy Day), Day 3 (Sisterhood Day), and Day 4, (Preference Day) will be live virtual rounds utilizing Zoom. These Zoom rounds will include a combination of breakout rooms and general large group meetings.
Q: What sororities are at UConn?
A: UConn is home to 9 Panhellenic sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Rho, and Pi Beta Phi. 8 of these organizations are National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters and Phi Sigma Rho is an associate chapter open only to women in engineering or other STEM fields. Phi Rho participates in Day 1 of recruitment, but following this, interested PNMs will go through a separate recruitment process.
In addition to Panhellenic, there are also 2 National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sororities, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., which are historically Black sororities commonly referred to as the “Divine 9” as well as 7 Intercultural Greek Council (IGC) sororities, which are culturally-based and multicultural sororities for underrepresented groups such as, but not limited to, Asian and Latinx students. These include Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Inc., Delta Phi Omega Sorority Inc., Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc., Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Inc., and Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Senoritas latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. In total, this makes 18 sororities at UConn.
Q: Does everyone get a bid?
A: Although the goal of Panhellenic is to help as many women as possible find a home in sorority, there is no guarantee that each woman going through recruitment will receive a bid. Recruitment is based on mutual selection. The chapters will decide who they would like to invite back while you, as a PNM, will decide which chapters you would like to return to. Much of the media has made recruitment seem like an overly intense process but as long as you follow your heart, go in with full faith, and trust the process, you should find the sorority for you. The best way to maximize your options is to have an open mind and visit every chapter you are invited to each day of recruitment, making sure to do so wholeheartedly!
Q: Will the new member process be in person this year?
A: We are unsure of what the future holds in terms of gatherings with on-campus organizations, which includes all Panhellenic sororities. This will ultimately depend on guidelines provided by UConn as the semester approaches and continues. It is likely that chapters are already working with their headquarters to establish at least some virtual elements for the new member process considering the circumstances. We know that sorority life will look different this semester and possibly moving into the future as well, but remember that this is what sisterhood was made for.