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 13 organizations participate in the fall primary recruitment process – Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Xi 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 2017 Recruitment Dates | Recruitment Registration | Sorority Recruitment Move-In | Time Commitment and Scheduling Conflicts | Mutual Selection | Grade Risks | Letters of Recommendation | Accommodations | Chapter Login

Fall 2017 Recruitment Dates

Greek Village opens for sororities – Monday, Aug. 7
Early on campus move in (PNMs) & upperclass current students who are affiliated – Wednesday, Aug. 16
Round 1, Day 1 – Thursday, Aug. 17
Round 1, Day 2 – Friday, Aug. 18
Round 2, Day 1 – Sat, Aug. 19
Round 2, Day 2 – Sunday, Aug. 20
SOLAR ECLIPSE – Monday, Aug. 21 (No recruitment activities)
Round 3, Day 1 – Tues, Aug. 22 (Greek Village opens for Fraternities)
Round 3, Day 1 – Wed, Aug. 23
Preference – Sat, Aug. 26
Bid Day – Sun, Aug. 27

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Recruitment Registration Information

Registration Opens: May 1


Registration Closes: August 1 at 4 p.m. EST

**In order to guarantee on-campus housing- you must register by August 1. This is to ensure University Housing has adequate time to prepare you room. Should you choose to register after August 1, we are unable to guarantee that your room be ready and therefore you must be able to find alternative housing accommodations until University move-in on August 22.

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Recruitment Registration Prices

Early Registration May 1-May 31 at 5 p.m. $150
Regular Registration June 1-June 31 at 5 p.m. $175
Late Registration July 1-August 1 at 4 p.m. $200

What is included with the fee?
Two t-shirts, a backpack, lunches during recruitment rounds, and a few dinners.

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

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Sorority Recruitment Early Move-In Information

Women who are assigned to on-campus housing will be able to move into their assigned room on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 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.

In early August, women assigned on campus housing will receive a unique move-in packet which will contain a special sticker that will allow them to move-in early. Please direct all questions regarding housing to University Housing at 803-777-4283.

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Mandatory Sorority Recruitment Orientation

On August 16 at 5 p.m. there is a mandatory recruitment orientation session. Students living on campus will be shuttled from their residence halls and students living off-campus will need to provide their own transportation. Dinner will be served and the orientation will last approximately 3 hours. During this time woman will meet their recruitment counselors (Pi Chis) as well as the other members in their Pi Chi group.
Women must attend the entire orientation in order to participate in Panhellenic recruitment, failure to do so will result in the woman being removed from the recruitment process.

If you are a student athlete and have practice during the orientation, contact Sarah Jane Lowe at as you must attend an alternate orientation beginning earlier in the day.
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Sorority Recruitment Schedule

August 16 Mandatory Sorority Recruitment Orientation 5 p.m. (Shuttles will begin at 4 p.m.)
August 17-18 Round One Go Greek & Sorority 101 programming
August 19-20 Round Two Philanthropy
August 21 No Recruitment Activities (Solar Eclipse)-No meals will be provided on this day
August 22-23 Round Three Leading Women-There will be no recruitment activities during New Student Convocation on August 23, all women are encouraged to attend.
August 24-25 No Recruitment Activities (Classes Begin)
August 26 Round Four Preference
August 27 Bid Day-open to public, seating is first-come, first-served

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 803-777-3845 if you have questions about your need for special accommodations during sorority recruitment.

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