Formal Recruitment: September 6-13, 2013
Formal Recruitment is a week-long event beginning September 6, and concluding September 13, 2013. During the week, you will be introduced to sorority life by meeting active members, touring the chapter houses, and learning about the benefits of joining a sorority. The recruitment process gives you and the active members a chance to learn more about one another. Participating in Formal Fall Recruitment is a great way to meet new people before you begin your experience at the University of Washington. Even if you decide not to join a sorority, you will gain many memories and new friends.
Formal Fall Recruitment Registration is now OPEN.
Formal Recruitment Week Description
Friday, September 6, 2013- Orientation
Check-in Haggett Hall 10:00AM-4:00PM (PNMs staying in residence halls)
HUB Ballroom 4:00PM- 6:00PM (PNMs commuting)
Orientation HUB Ballroom 6:00PM-8:00PM
Check-in for Formal Fall Recruitment will take place before the Orientation session. In your registration confirmation email, you will be notified of the time and place of the orientation session. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend, as there will be an optional Parents Orientation session. The Panhellenic executive council officers will give an overview of the recruitment week logistics and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Later, you will meet with your Recruitment Counselors and recruitment groups. If you have chosen to stay in the Residence Halls during recruitment week, you will need to check-in at the McMahon Hall front desk prior to the Orientation session check-in.
As the week progresses, the number of sororities you may visit will decrease in order to give you a better opportunity to learn more about each organization.
Saturday & Sunday, September 7-8, 2013 - Panhellenic Day
Saturday 8:00 AM PNMs meet with groups
9:00 AM -12:10 PM Chapter Events
12:20 -1:40 PM Lunch
1:50 -8:10 PM Chapter Events
Sunday 9:00 -12:10 PM Chapter Events
12:20 -1:40 PM Lunch
1:50 -5:50 PM Chapter Events
6:00 PM PNMs prioritize
During the first two days of Formal Fall Recruitment, you will be escorted by your Recruitment Counselors to all eighteen sororities where you will participate in one-on-one conversations with sorority women. The active members will greet you and invite you inside their chapter houses. Remember that this process is not an interview- it is an opportunity for you to learn more about the organizations and their members, and for the active members to learn more about you!
Monday & Tuesday, September 9-10, 2013 - House Tour Day
Monday 8:00 AM PNMs meet with group
9:00 AM-12:10 PM Chapter Events
12:20-1:40 PM Lunch
1:50-5:00 PM Chapter Events
5:10-6:30 PM Dinner
6:40-8:10 PM Chapter Events
Tuesday 1:00-4:10 PM Chapter Events
4:20 PM PNMs prioritize
Over the next two days, you may visit up to thirteen sororities. During this round, you will tour the chapter houses and learn more about the facilities and their amenities. Active members will share with you their experiences of living in the chapter houses.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Philanthropy Day
Wednesday 12:45 PM PNMs meet with group
1:30-5:30PM Chapter Events
7:10-9:30PM Chapter Events
9:40PM PNMs prioritize
You may visit up to eight sororities on the fifth day of recruitment. During this round, active members will share more information about their chapter's philanthropy. You may participate in an interactive philanthropic project benefiting a local charitable agency, or sorority members may present a video and/or slideshow.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Preference Day
Thursday 12:30PM PNMs meet with group
1:30-6:15PM Chapter Events
6:30PM PNMs prioritize
On the sixth day of recruitment, you may visit up to three sororities. The events during this round are more formal and typically have a more serious tone. Through speeches and songs, active members will share their thoughts, feelings and memories of their sorority experience while portraying the importance of sisterhood and friendship.
Friday, September 13, 2013 - Bid Day
Friday 12:30PM PNMs meet in groups and receive bids
The final day of Formal Fall Recruitment is Bid Day! In your recruitment groups, you may receive and invitation join one chapter. The members of your chapter will greet you and escort you to the chapter house where you will move-in immediately. Most chapters will have food and decorations to honor their new members. The active members will help you move your belongings into the house; however, your family is welcome to assist you.
Sunday, September 15th, 2013- Parent Day (Optional)
There will be an optional Parent Day for parents and family members who are unable to attend the chapter Bid Day festivities on Friday, September 13th. You will recieve more information from your chapter regarding this day.
Welcome Week will take place after the Formal Fall Recruitment events listed above. This is a fun and exciting time where you will settle into your sorority. Each chapter plans several activities to introduce you to your fellow new members and active members. They will also help 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 on Bid Day once you have moved into the chapter house.
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 event for welcoming new students to campus. It is possible to enjoy both your new sorority and Dawg Daze during Welcome Week.
There are many reasons you will want to stick around during Welcome Week; however, you are permitted to go home or schedule work if necessary. You will have plenty of 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.