While not the only time to join, Fall is the primary time for joining a sorority.
Formal Recruitment 2019 will take place September 5-8, 2019.
Sororities at MSU take pride in the annual formal recruitment process that occurs each fall. Formal recruitment is the primary way to join a sorority. It is a four-night process dedicated to finding the best-fit sorority for the potential new member.
Those interested in joining should plan to participate in the entire process. A Thursday night class, which may be in conflict with the first round of recruitment, is one of very few exceptions that may be granted to this, and those who have a Thursday night class should certainly plan to attend the Sorority Social on Wednesday night. Those with other conflicts for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday should wait to participate in informal recruitment with chapters still recruiting after the formal process is completed.
Please note that this formal recruitment process is the primary way by which women join sororities at MSU and anywhere else, for that matter. Immeditely following this process, "total," or the cap on chapter membership, set. This means that, after Formal Recruitment, some of our chapters will not be recruiting any longer. For the best chance to join a sorority, it is highly recommended that women participate in this process.
Online registration is now available. Below is a sample schedule of what Fall Formal Recruitment Weekend may look like.
Formal Recruitment Weekend (Fall 2019)
- Wednesday, September 4: Sorority Social (Meet many representatives from each sorority), 8-10 p.m., CSU 245
- Thursday, September 5: (Meet at Ostrander Auditorium at 5 p.m.; socials from 6-8:45 p.m.): Casual Open House Night (Visit all four sororities.)
- Friday, September 6: (Meet at Ostrander Auditorium at 5:15 p.m.; socials from 6-9:45 p.m.): Business Night (Visit up to three sororities.)
- Saturday, September 7: (Meet outside CSU 173 at 8:30 a.m.; Preference Events from 10:30-1:30): Preference Parties (Visit up to two sororities.)
- Sunday, September 8: Bid Day (Meet at CSU 173 at 10 a.m.; Bid Day Reveal at 11 a.m., Blakeslee Stadium
Typically, chapters require a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA or 2.5-3.0 cumulative college GPA, depending on whether the student is a first year student or a transfer/continuing MSU student. The requirements vary by chapter, with some being higher than others. Chapters very rarely make exceptions to their requirements, as exceptions may require approval from the organization's inter/national headquarters.
Our sororities require each member to be a full time college student (12 credits or more), and a fully matriculated student at MSU. This excludes PSEO, CIS, etc.
Sorority formal recruitment requires potential new members to pre-register online. This allows us to keep potential new members better informed. Potential new members can register up to the first day of formal recruitment Thursday, September 6. There is a $20 fee for recruitment ($25 after August 1), which may be paid by credit/debit card online, in person by check, or by sending a check made payable to MSU Panhellenic Council to: PHC Recruitment, 173 Centennial Student Union, Mankato, MN 56001.