At Furman, we have a deferred recruitment process and students are eligible to join in the spring semester of their first year. That means you’ll have a chance to find your academic and social niche before deciding whether or not you want to join a sorority. When you’re ready to pursue membership in a sorority, be sure to review the Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment process and guidelines.
As part of its commitment to scholarship, the Panhellenic Council has determined that students must have earned at least a 2.30 GPA by the start of recruitment to be eligible to participate in recruitment and join a sorority. Any student meeting this minimum with at least 12 credits earned at Furman can register below to participate in the recruitment process. However, each Panhellenic organization maintains its own GPA standards that may be higher than 2.30.
Spring 2024 Recruitment important dates are posted below:
- Registration Opens: Monday, October 9, 2023
- Registration Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023
- Parent Webinar: Friday, December 15, 2023 (time TBD)
- All recruitment participants will be permitted to return to campus on Wednesday, January 3, 2024
- Recruitment Kickoff & Orientation: Wednesday evening, January 3, 2024
- Open House: Thursday, January 4, 2024
- Sisterhood Round: Friday, January 5, 2024
- Preference: Saturday, January 6, 2024
- Bid Day: Sunday, January 7, 2024
Registration for Spring 2024 Panhellenic Formal Recruitment
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment will occur immediately prior to the spring semester, January 3-7, 2024. All PNMs (Potential New Members) must register in advance to participate in recruitment. The registration fee is $100 and includes costs for meals and a t-shirt.
Sorority recruitment is a mutual-selection process by sorority women invite potential members to attend their respective recruitment events and potential new members select the chapters to which they would most like to join. During recruitment, PNMs must attend all recruitment events and will only be excused if they have an official University conflict (e.g. athletic team practice, marching band, or ROTC).
- Open house: During the first round of recruitment, you’ll get a chance to review each sorority’s materials and find out more about the organization. This is a casual round where jeans, khakis, and comfortable shoes are appropriate.
- Sisterhood round: You may be invited by as many as four sororities for this round. At each event, you’ll watch a presentation about the sorority, including in-depth information about what it means to make a commitment to that sorority. Topics includes financial, time, and academic obligations, as well as other information that is unique to the specific chapter. You should wear a casual dress, skirt outfit, or black pants and a nice top.
- Preference: You may be invited by as many as two sororities for a preference ceremony. Typically, you’ll hear testimony from current members about what the organization means to them. This is the most formal round and you should wear cocktail attire and dress shoes.
- Bid day: PNMs receive invitations or bids to join a sorority, and you have the opportunity to connect with your new sorority sisters and fellow new members.
Still want to know more? Contact Caro Douglas, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Panhellenic Advisor.