At Furman, we have a deferred recruitment process. That means you’ll
have a chance to find your social and academic niche before deciding
whether or not you want to join a sorority. When you're ready to
pursue membership in a sorority in the spring, be sure to review our
process and guidelines.
We typically have 300 women who go through the recruitment process, so be sure to keep your options open. Even if you have a family member who was in a specific chapter, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a spot—or that it’s the right chapter for you. You’re welcome to provide letters of recommendation to a specific sorority, but they are not required an each chapter weighs these letters differently. Be sure to send it directly to the chapter.
Any student with at least 12 credits earned at Furman and a grade point average of 2.3 can participate in the recruitment process. If you choose to go through recruitment, you’ll have to attend all the recruitment events. You’ll only be excused to miss an event if you have an official university conflict, such as athletic team practices, marching band, or cheerleading. We won’t be able to excuse you if you have work or travel, so be sure to plan ahead.
Over two weekends, sororities will invite women to attend their party for each round, and potential new members will also select the chapters to which they would most like to join. We actually bring women participating back to campus early to minimize the academic distraction recruitment could and can create. If you are participating this year, you need to return to campus by January 7, 2016. There is a registration fee to participate in recruitment, which helps the Panhellenic Council cover its costs. This fee is non-refundable. Sign up by November 2, 2015 to avoid paying a late fee.
- Open house: During the first round of recruitment, you’ll get a chance to visit each sorority and find out more about the organization and its women. This is a casual round where jeans, khakis, and comfortable shoes are appropriate.
- Philanthropy round: You may be invited by as many as five sororities to learn about the local and national organizations they support. This is another casual round where jeans, cardigans, and comfortable shoes are appropriate.
- Sisterhood round: You may invited by as many as four sororities for this round. At each party, you'll watch a skit that demonstrates the best attributes of the sorority and get a chance to talk to more women in the organization. You should wear a casual dress, skirt outfit, or black pants and a nice top.
- Preference tea: You may be invited by as many as two sororities for a preference tea ceremony. Typically, you'll hear a testimony from current members about what the organization means to them. This is the most formal round and you should wear a cocktail dress and dress shoes.
- Bid day: Your recruitment counselor will set an appointment with you to pick up your bids on the morning of bid day. After that, you'll go to the sorority you've chosen from your bids and get to know the chapter better. In the afternoon, the women from all the sororities will be invited to McAlister Auditorium to celebrate with each other and be introduced to the Greek community at Furman. After the Bid Day Celebration, you'll go out with your sorority for individual chapter celebrations. These typically happen off-campus. You should wear bottoms and a tank top to bid day, because you'll be given a tee shirt from your sorority that you'll wear to the celebration. Remember, even if you receive a bid, you’re not obligated to join a sorority.
For 2016, the dates are currently scheduled as follows:
- Sorority women return: January 6 after 2pm
- Potential members return: January 7 after 2pm
- Open House: January 8
- Philanthropy Round: January 9
- Sisterhood Round: January 10
- Preference Tea: January 16
- Bid Day: January 17
Still want to know more? Check out our complete 2016 Panhellenic Recruitment Guide.