Sorority Recruitment

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Thank you for your interest in joining a sorority at the University of South Carolina! Sororities provide a great opportunity to find a family away from home and lifelong friendships. Please note that 12 organizations participate in the fall primary recruitment process – Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha. If you are looking to join a different group, we would encourage you to look at our NPHC and multicultural organizations. If you have any questions, call 803-777-3506 or email us at

QUICK LINKS: Fall 2016 Recruitment Dates | Recruitment Registration | Sorority Recruitment Move-In | Time Commitment and Scheduling Conflicts | Mutual Selection | Grade Risks | Letters of Recommendation | Accommodations | Chapter Login

Fall 2016 Recruitment Dates

Important Dates Regarding Fall 2016 Recruitment

Sunday, May 1-Tuesday, May 31
“Early Bird” Registration available online with fee of $150
Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable

Wednesday, June 1-Thursday, June 30
“Regular” Registration available online with fee of $175
Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable

Friday, July 1-Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m. EST
“Late” Registration available online with fee of $200
Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable

Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m. EST 
Registration closes at 4 p.m. EST

Wednesday, Aug. 10
Residence halls open for Primary Recruitment registrants with on-campus housing
Mandatory Sorority Recruitment Orientation in evening

Thursday, Aug. 11
Round One – Day 1

Friday, Aug. 12
Round One – Day 2

Saturday, Aug. 13
Round Two – Day 1

Sunday, Aug. 14
Round Two – Day 2

Monday, Aug. 15
Round Three – Day 1

Tuesday, Aug. 16
Round Three – Day 2

Wednesday, Aug. 17-Friday, Aug. 19
University Activities and First Day of Classes
No Recruitment Rounds

Saturday, Aug. 20
Preference Round

Sunday, Aug. 21
Bid Day

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Recruitment Registration

Registration Timeline:
Early Registration – Sunday, May 1-Tuesday, May 31 – $150
Regular Registration – Wednesday, June 1-Thursday, June 30 – $175
Late Registration – Friday, July 1-Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m. EST – $200
Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable.

To make the registration process as smooth as possible, please be prepared with the following information or materials:
General resume information – high school/college GPA and activities, community service, etc.
Contact information for at least one guardian – We will contact this person about attending our family orientation on move-in day. This will also be used as your emergency contact should an issue arise.
Legacy information – If you have family members who are sorority members (current or alumnae), you will need their names, sororities and where they went to school.
An electronic method of payment


Follow the USC Panhellenic Recruitment Facebook page for updates!

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Sorority Recruitment Early Move-In

Women who are assigned to on-campus housing will be able to move in to their assigned room on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at a pre-assigned time. An early move-in fee of $80 ($20/night) will be charged to each woman through the USC billing system. You do not need to contact University Housing, as these arrangements will be made for you. Once you register for recruitment, your name will be turned over to University Housing to be assigned a move-in time and to be assessed the fee. You will be required to move in at your assigned time, and you will not be able to move in if your immunization record has not been confirmed with the university.

Women living off campus will need to coordinate their (early) move-in time with their prospective landlord or leasing agent, or make other arrangements. Neither the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Off-Campus Student Services nor University Housing makes arrangements for women living off campus.

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Time Commitment and Scheduling Conflicts

Women participating in the Panhellenic Recruitment process should be prepared to be occupied from approximately 8 a.m.-11 p.m. throughout the recruitment process. Each participant has an individualized schedule that is specific to her.

Should you have a schedule conflict during the recruitment process, please contact the Recruitment Staff at or speak with your “Pi Chi” recruitment counselor. Conflicts can be excused, but schedules cannot be altered except in the case of academic commitments or emergencies.

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Mutual Selection

Mutual selection is the process in which both the potential members and the individual sorority chapter make their membership choices. Potential members will make decisions regarding sorority events they want to attend and the sororities will make decisions regarding the women they want to invite to their events.

Sororities make their choices based on the academic, leadership and community service accomplishments listed in your registration materials in conjunction with the conversations you have with their members during events. Each chapter also looks for potential members that appear to uphold and value their sorority’s membership requirements and founding values. Recruitment participants are encouraged to make their selections based on their own personal values.

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Grade Risks

While the University of South Carolina’s Sorority Council does not require a specific GPA to participate in the primary recruitment or be a sorority member, the individual chapters establish their own requirements and strongly adhere to these grade requirements. Some GPA requirements are higher than others, but if your high school or college GPA is below a 3.0, you may be considered a “grade risk” and experience significantly fewer invitations throughout the recruitment process compared to participants with higher GPAs.

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Letters of Recommendation

Please note that letters of recommendation are not required by Sorority Council. In order for chapters to get the most use out of the information, it is preferred that letters be received at least two weeks prior to the start of recruitment. Many organizations accept online letters of recommendation. Forms can be found and/or downloaded from individual chapter’s national websites:

Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Gamma Delta
Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Zeta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Delta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Phi Mu
Pi Beta Phi
Zeta Tau Alpha

Physical forms should be sent to:

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Attention: (chapter the recommendation is for)
RHUU Suite 115
1400 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

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Need Accommodations?

Do you have a diagnosed disability or medical condition that warrants or requires special accommodations? If so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services. Register now at

Please contact Mackenzie Van Dam at 803-777-3845 if you have questions about your need for special accommodations during sorority recruitment. Please make requests for accommodations by Friday, July 22, 2016.

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