Formal Recruitment: September 6-13, 2013
Formal Recruitment is a week-long event beginning September 6, and concluding September 13, 2013, where you will learn about sorority life by meeting sorority members, touring sorority chapters, and getting a chance to ask questions. The recruitment process gives you and the sorority women a chance to learn more about each other. Participating in Formal Recruitment is a wonderful way to meet new people at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. Even if you decide not to join a sorority, you will gain fabulous memories and many new friends.
Formal Recruitment Week Description
Friday, September 6, 2013- Orientation
Check in for Formal Recruitment at Orientation. Orientation will be held on campus and you will be notified of the time in your confirmation email. Your parents are welcome and encouraged to attend as there will be an optional parents orientation session available. Panhellenic officers will review recruitment week activities and logistics and answer last minute questions. You will meet your Recruitment Counselor, as well as the group of women who will be going through the recruitment process with you. If you have chosen to stay in the University residence hall during recruitment week, you will need to check in at the McMahon Hall front desk prior to orientation check in.
Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, 2013 - Panhellenic Day
Over the first two days, you will be escorted by your Recruitment Counselors to visit all Panhellenic sororities, where you will participate in one-on-one conversations with sorority women. Don't be nervous! The sorority women hosting you for these events will make every effort to make you feel comfortable. They will greet you and escort you throughout the event while introducing you to many of their friends. It is not an interview, but an opportunity to learn more about each other.
Monday and Tuesday, September 9-10, 2013 - House Tour Day
As the week progresses, the number of sororities you visit will decrease in order to give you a better opportunity to spend more time with each group and to allow you to narrow your choices. Over the next two days, you may visit up to ten sororities where you will tour the facilities and learn more about day-to-day living in a sorority.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Philanthropy Day
On the fifth day of recruitment, you may visit up to six sororities where sorority members will present more information about sorority life as well as each respective chapter's national philanthropy. You may participate in an interactive philanthropic project benefiting a local charitable agency, or sorority members may present a video and/or slideshow. This round will give you a peek inside the personality of each sorority.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Preference Day
The last day of events, you may visit up to three sororities. These events are more formal and usually have a more serious tone. Through speeches and songs, sorority members will share their thoughts, feelings and memories of their sorority experiences. This day highlights the chapters' sisterhood and more.
Friday, September 13, 2013 - Bid Day
The final day of Formal Recruitment Week is Bid Day. This is the time when you receive your invitation to join a sorority. The members of the sorority will enthusiastically greet you and escort you to the chapter, where you will move in immediately with their assistance. Most sororities will have a brunch in honor of their new members. Sorority members will help you move your belongings into the house; however, your parents are welcome to assist.
Welcome week is the week between the end of Formal Recruitment and the first day of class. This is a fun and exciting time where you will settle into your new life in the sorority. The sororities plan many activities to introduce you to both the active and new members and to familiarize you with sorority and campus life. Many sororities host a presentation night the weekend following Bid Day. Chapter presentation is a night when your family and friends are invited to visit your new home and meet your new sisters. More details will be provided from the sorority you join.
It is important to remember that you are a University of Washington student first and foremost. If you will be a new student to the University you are encouraged to attend Dawg Daze, the University of Washington's tradition for welcoming new students to campus. It is possible to enjoy both your new sorority and Dawg Daze during the week.
As you can see, there are many reasons you may want to stick around for Welcome Week; however, you can go home or schedule work if necessary. You will also have free time during the week to make quick trips home to gather more of your belongings and to prepare for the beginning of Fall quarter.