FAQ

This page is broken down into three parts: Recruitment, Sorority Life, and Housing. Scroll down for the appropriate sections. If you still have questions or concerns after reading this page, please contact our VP of Recruitment, Joanna Noffsinger, at phrecdev@uw.edu

RECRUITMENT

 

What is the Primary Recruitment process like? What can I expect?

Primary Recruitment is a long but rewarding process where you will meet and get to know the 18 participating Panhellenic sororities at the UW and a variety of members in each chapter. It is a mutual selection process, meaning that this is the time that you narrow down your options of what sorority you will join at the end of the week, and chapters invite back women they would like to see each round. As the week goes on, you will get to know more about the aspects of each sorority you are visiting.  Here is a brief overview of what each round will consist of:

 

Round 1 - Open House: during this round you will meet each participating sorority for 30 minutes over the span of two days and have the chance to meet between two and five members. This round serves as a meet and greet to briefly get a taste of the organization and lets the chapters get to get to know a bit about you.

Round 2 - Philanthropy: this is the first invitational round of recruitment, meaning that you have narrowed down the chapters you would like to return to, and the chapters have extended invitations to those women they would like to see back. During this round you will talk to up to 13 sororities (you can see anywhere from 1 to 13 chapters, there is no normal or average amount) for 30 minutes over the span of two days. Each sorority will share with you a bit about their philanthropy, how they raise money or awareness for their cause and possibly how they are involved in other philanthropy activities within the community. You may watch a video or do an activity to learn more about their philanthropic organization. You also continue to get to know members in the chapter and can ask questions that you have related to philanthropy or other parts of the chapter. 

Round 3 - House Tours: during this round you will talk to up to 8 sororities for 40 minutes over the course of one day. Each sorority will show you a virtual house tour video of their chapter facility where you can see what the living accommodations look like in each. The chapter should share additional information about chapter activities, things they are involved with on or off campus or other points of pride. The chapter will also share information regarding Fall Quarter Dues, as well as being able to answer any questions you have about the financial obligations of membership and living in a chapter home.  

Round 4 - Preference: during this round you will talk to up to 2 sororities for 50 minutes. You will have the chance to talk to a one or a few members, likely women who have already met during the week, about their membership experiences and any lingering questions that you have about their sorority.  Each chapter will also host a ceremony to share with you a bit more about their national organization, their values, and their sisterhood. 

 

During recruitment, you can expect lots of talking and answering questions about what you have been involved with in the past, what you are looking forward to in college, and what you want to get out of your sorority experience.  You also will want to ask questions that are important to you to get to know the sororities and find the best fit.

You can expect long days. UW has a large number of chapters and we want to be sure that you get to spend a good amount of time with the organizations you are attending events with. You will want to find ways to take care of yourself and take advantage of down time to rest, reflect and relax.

You can expect recruitment to be an emotional week, with both good moments, but also with some disappointing ones. Your options will narrow down during recruitment and sometimes you will receive invitations that you are excited to see or may have moments where you are sad that you did not receive an invitation that you may have wanted or may be disappointed to not receive the same invitation as a friend or to a legacy chapter.

 

What do I wear for each day of recruitment?

The most important thing is to wear something that is comfortable and feels like you! You should not need anything that you don’t already have. Since we will be on Zoom, don’t feel like you need to dress up a ton!

Check out our pinterest for some ideas:

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Here is a quick look at what you might wear each round:

Round 1 & 2 - Open House & Philanthropy Rounds: The chapter members will be wearing t-shirts, feel free to do so as well! Wear what you feel comfortable in, and you definitely don’t need to put on jeans just to sit at your computer if you don’t want to!

Rounds 3 - House Tour Rounds: dresses, rompers, pants/shorts/skirts and a top are appropriate for these rounds. This day is a bit more formal than the first round, but still should be something that is comfortable for you and shows off your personality. 

Round 4 - Preference: cocktail style dresses, nice sundress, jumpsuits or like attire are appropriate for this round. You do not need to wear only black or white, patterns and bright colors are totally acceptable! 

 

Bid Day: Casual! You will be meeting your own member class, as well as many current members this day, so wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable and confident! 

Should I come for bid day? What will be happening on bid day?

Bid Day, September 18, will be entirely virtual this year so you do not need to plan to be on campus for Bid Day. Bids will be distributed virtually around 1:00pm! After that, the chapters will have organized virtual meetings/events for you to attend!

Who is eligible to register for recruitment? If I am a Student at UW Tacoma or UW Bothell, am I able to join a sorority at the University of Washington?

In order to go through recruitment you have to be a fully matriculated student on the Seattle Campus. Unfortunately, students at UW Tacoma and UW Bothell are unable to join a sorority at the University of Washington. This is due to a Unanimous Agreement of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), made up of 26 inter/national sororities that comprise NPC, and is not a local decision of the chapters at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.

 

Can I still participate in recruitment if I am not going to be on campus this fall?

Yes! You can participate in recruitment and in sorority life from anywhere this fall!

 

Do I need letters of recommendation for Primary Recruitment?

​Letters of recommendation will not make or break your recruitment experience. Our suggestion is to graciously accept if somebody offers to write you one, but do not worry if you do not have any. Each sorority has different policies and procedures on letters of recommendation. The alumna who is writing on your behalf will need to contact her national organization to understand the process of how letters of recommendation are submitted for her individual group.

When are letters of recommendation due?

There is no explicit deadline set by the Panhellenic Association regarding letters of recommendation, please contact the sorority that you are interested in to see if they have a deadline that applies. 

I am not a freshman, is there the same chance in recruitment as a freshman to get a bid?

While most women who participate in recruitment are first year (freshmen) women, upper class women are welcome to participate as well.  UW utilizes a secondary quota system to help give upper class women the best opportunity to be placed, and your chances are not leveled against freshmen women.

What are the benefits of participating in Primary Recruitment as opposed to Continuous Open Bidding?

Primary Recruitment in the fall is the only opportunity to visit the majority of organizations within the Panhellenic Community. It is a more structured process and provides a safe, supportive environment. Continuous Open Bidding is not a guaranteed or structured process, and we cannot speak to how many groups will be participating following Primary Recruitment.

 

I already have a roommate and want to live in a residence hall on campus... do I HAVE to live in my sorority during my first year in college? ​

Nope! With everything going on this year, no new member who joins through Primary Recruitment will be required to move into the chapter house at any time during the 2020-21 academic year.

Can I participate in Primary Recruitment if I'm not a freshman?

Yes! For recruitment 2019, 14% of women who participated were not incoming first year students.  ​

 

Is there a required GPA to go through recruitment?

​The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) does not allow individual collegiate Panhellenic sororities to set a minimum GPA for potential members to participate in Recruitment. Individual chapters do have GPA requirements for membership, and these depend on each organization. 

Do I have to visit all participating chapters for Primary Recruitment?

Yes. In order to participate in Primary Recruitment you must participate actively with all chapters. This includes attending all of the events that you are invited to. Fully participating in the recruitment events gives you the best opportunity to get to know the chapters and a variety of their members in order to make the most informed membership choice, and skipping out on events looks poorly on your character.

 

Am I guaranteed to receive a bid through formal recruitment?

​Although Formal Recruitment is not a guaranteed process, our campus typically has a high placement rate. In 2019 Primary Recruitment 2% of women did not receive an invitation to membership through the process. There are also 15% of women who choose to withdraw themselves from the process because they do not believe sorority membership is a good fit or they are not happy with their options.

 

What happens if I decide to withdraw during Recruitment?

Going through the recruitment process does not obligate you to join a sorority.  If at any point during recruitment you decide that sorority membership is not what you are looking for, then you may withdraw from the process. To do so, you must notify the campus Panhellenic or your Recruitment Counselor and fill out a simple withdrawal form. Once you withdraw from recruitment you will be eligible to join through the Continuous Open Bidding process if you would like during the year.  

In regards to housing, if you already have a contract through Housing and Food Services, your contract will remain intact and no action will be required on your part. 

What is the Continuous Open Bidding (COB) process like?

Continuous Open Bidding is a much less structured process for women to join a sorority during the academic year, from Bid Day until the completion of Spring Graduation.  Sororities that are under Panhellenic total (median chapter size), are eligible to take new members up to total if they choose. Not all sororities participate in COB.

In most cases, once contacted by a chapter, a small group of women will meet with you to take out out to coffee or lunch. They then may invite you over to the house for a meal, a house tour, or to participate in a sisterhood event with the chapter a few times before offering you a bid to membership if they believe that you are a good fit for their organization. These meetings will likely happen virtually, at least for Fall Quarter. Typically you will get a few days to decide if you would like to accept your bid, or if you are unable to accept on the spot.

How do I register for COB?

Interested women can sign up on the COB list as a way to show their interest to sororities that are under total.  There is also a list of chapters who are eligible to participate on the Panhellenic website that you can contact to express your interest: https://www.uwpanhellenic.com/continuous-open-bidding. You do not have to sign up on the COB list to participate. Women can join sororities that are participating in COB because of connections they have with friends they make through class or campus activities and have not signed up on the COB list.  

How do I know which houses are participating in COB?

At the beginning of each quarter, the chapters that are eligible for COB will be updated on the Panhellenic website. Check this list often for the most accurate information about which chapters are participating. https://www.uwpanhellenic.com/continuous-open-bidding

What is a Recruitment Counselor?

A recruitment counselor (RC) is a member of a Panhellenic sorority on campus that serves on our recruitment staff to provide you support and help facilitate the process of  recruitment. These women disaffiliate from their sorority to provide you an unbiased look at our Panhellenic community. This means that she does not have any contact with her sorority during the week, is not involved in her sororities membership selection and will not be able to share with you what sorority she is in.  You will be placed in an RC group with two to three Recruitment Counselors who will help to answer your questions, be a confidant, serve as a sounding board, or whatever else you might need during the week. She is an excellent resource to you as a woman going through recruitment.

If I join a certain sorority and feel that it is not the best fit for me, can I quit and rush another sorority?

If you quit your sorority before you are initiated, you are eligible to join another sorority at UW or any other campus. You will have to wait to pursue membership in another organization until the primary recruitment period on that campus, typically in the fall. 

If you choose to quit your sorority after you are initiated, you will not be able to join another sorority at the UW or any other campus.

Do I have to accept a bid on bid day? Am I guaranteed a bid on bid day?

You do not have to accept a bid on bid day, although we hope by that part of recruitment you will be excited to receive a bid from the chapters that you listed on your Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement the night before. If you choose not to accept your bid you will not be able to join another NPC sorority at the University of Washington until Primary Recruitment 2021.

 

If you have received invitations up until preference and attend your preference events you will receive a bid on bid day if you maximize your opportunities, meaning that you list the all chapters preference events you were invited to and attended on your Membership Recruitment Binding Agreement (MRABA).

 

Can graduate students participate in Primary Recruitment?

Unfortunately, graduate students cannot participate in Primary Recruitment.

Can international students participate in Primary Recruitment?

Undergraduate, fully matriculated, international students are more than welcome to participate in Primary Recruitment, and the Continuous Open Bidding processes. They still have to pay full membership dues.

Do I have to live on-campus for Primary Recruitment?

It is not required to live on campus for Primary Recruitment. You may sign up to stay overnight in a residence hall during the week of Primary Recruitment. You may also sign up for a space to come participate in recruitment during the day, without staying overnight, if it is a better environment for you.

 

Staying on campus is great if you don’t have a great environment to participate in recruitment at home, don’t have a great internet connection, or just want to spend some time on campus before school starts! It is not required by any means, and is also not related to your HFS Contract for the academic year if you have one.

 

If you would like to stay on campus during recruitment and will also be moving into a dorm, you can bring all of your stuff with you and will be able to apply for early arrival with HFS. They will then work with you to allow you to move into your permanent HFS space on September 19. If you are offered a space in a chapter house and choose to move into the chapter house, you will be able to do so on September 18 or 19 as well.

 

Option 1: Overnight: 8 nights of lodging starting September 11 and a meal card to purchase food at the District Market 

  • Total Cost: $531.73 which includes lodging and $225 worth of meal service

  • Space includes a single room with private bath

Option 2: Day Space (no meals or overnight stay): $33 per day 

  • The number of days you want a space for is up to you

  • If you want a space for the entirety of recruitment, including Bid Day, the total cost is $264 

  • Space includes a single room with private bath

 

Is food provided during recruitment?

For women staying in the residence halls during the week of Primary Recruitment, there is an allotment of $25.00 per day for meals on a meal card included in the cost of staying on campus. 

What happens if I end up with chapters that I don’t want to join on Preference Round?

You are not required to accept a bid from a chapter that does not seem like the right fit for you. If you truly feel that way, you may remove yourself from the Primary Recruitment process. Recruitment Counselors are available to talk you through this decision and support your choice.

Does being a legacy guarantee a bid?

Being a legacy does not guarantee a bid for many chapters. These specifications depend on each chapter’s policy.

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Can I do recruitment over the summer?

The earliest that you can participate in Panhellenic Recruitment would be the first day of Primary Recruitment. Panhellenic sororities do not hold recruitment events during the summer and should only be promoting Panhellenic recruitment during that time. 

 

SORORITY LIFE

 

How much of a time commitment is being in a sorority?

Just like any other organization, membership in a sorority does have commitments. However, it is very common for sorority members to work, participate in UW athletics, activities, and volunteer for the community throughout the academic year. It is expected that sorority members will participate in certain chapter activities, meet financial obligations, and in some cases, assist with minimal duties within the chapter. Each organization, at minimum, has one weekly chapter meeting lasting on average an hour a week. Other commitments each quarter include shifts for chapter hosted philanthropy events, committee meetings, educational programs, attending chapter events and activities, and volunteer hours.

What happens in the time after Bid Day but before school starts?

This period focuses on getting to know your new sisters and will likely be full of virtual events! It’s also a great time to ask for advice and prepare for the first day of school! 

 

What will membership look like this quarter?

Membership this quarter will include many virtual meetings/events! Chapters will hold their weekly meetings virtually, as well as may do sisterhood events and social events virtually. Chapters may organize some in person small group social events such as a coffee or lunch date, following public health guidelines.

 

What are the benefits of joining this fall?

In a time of uncertainty and limited interaction, joining a sorority is a great way to still meet people and find a great group of friends at school! While you may not get to meet these people in person right away, everyone is going through this together and it is great to have that built in support system. Joining this fall will give you a connection to the University of Washington that you may not get otherwise if you are planning to live at home or have no in person classes. It will help you build connections you will be excited to come to campus for when we are able. It will also hopefully provide you academic and personal support as you transition to college. Our members were taking remote classes through UW last spring and have some tips and tricks to share as well as know who to contact on campus for help should you struggle with your academic or personal transition to college. 

What Greek opportunities are offered to new members?

There are lots of ways to get involved right off the bat as a new member and we hope that you will want to be connected outside of your specific sorority. Here are a few organizations within our community to tap into right away:

Panhellenic Leadership Council- is an organization made up of two first year members from each sorority who receive leadership development programming, plan events and activities for the campus and fraternity & sorority community.  

Green Greeks - is an organization made up of men and women in the fraternal community who care about sustainability initiatives within our chapter facilities and at events hosted by chapters.

Greeks Take Action -  is an organization made up of men and women in the fraternal community who care about Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence prevention.  Each chapter has a delegate that attends Greeks Take Action meetings but anyone is welcome to attend and be involved.

What is the difference between Panhellenic, Pan-Hellenic, and MGC?

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is made up of 26 national or international sororities.  We have 19 NPC groups on our campus and 1 affiliate group within our College Panhellenic Association.  

 

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), or the Divine 9, is made up of 9 national historically African American fraternities and sororities.  We currently have 3 NPHC women’s groups at the UW. NPHC does not participate in Panhellenic recruitment but you can learn more about their council and membership here: http://students.washington.edu/nphc/

 

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is made up of 12 local or national fraternities and sororities with cultural foundations.  We currently have 7 women's organizations within MGC at the UW. UGC sororities do not participate in Panhellenic recruitment but you can learn more about their council and membership here: http://www.uwugc.org/

 

*As a note, while organizations within each council mentioned above have a religion or culture that they were founded upon, now all organizations are open to women of any faith, race, ethnicity, or background and we are proud to have a diverse community within each of our councils.  What is most important is that you choose the council that best fits the membership experience you are looking for.

 

Can I join other clubs if I am in a sorority?

Of course! The majority of women in Panhellenic sororities are members of other Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), hold internships or other jobs, or participate in research on campus. Some sororities may require you to be involved in things outside of the chapter and all appreciate members who are involved in outside activities.

How can I meet women in other chapters on campus?

Each quarter, every chapter is partnered with another sorority, or “sister sorority” and participates in quarterly sisterhood activities! Panhellenic also holds many fun events like the Academic Dessert, Greek Awards, and Wellness Week festivities. You may meet other Panhellenic women in your residence hall, in classes that you take or through FIG courses, or through other RSOs on campus.

 

Can I join more than one sorority? Can I join an academic Greek Organization as well as a Panhellenic Sorority?

You may only join one Panhellenic sorority. Many Panhellenic women join other academic based Greek Organizations or RSOs. Examples include: Order of Omega (Greek honor society), Alpha Kappa Psi (Business fraternity), and Phi Delta Epsilon (Medical fraternity).

Are there sororities based on academic major goals or certain interests?

Each sorority has a unique set of women who all share common interests and academic pursuits. With this being said, each sorority has a multitude of different women with different skill sets and passions. One specific sorority does not represent a certain academic field or interest. However, our affiliate sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, is a traditionally Engineering-based sorority.

 

Are there “bad” chapters? What is the “tier system”?

There are NO bad chapters, and the Greek Community does not condone the “tier system” as on other university campuses. Each chapter has their own strengths, values, and passions that make them unique. No chapters are better than other chapters, and we recommend that you do not base your recruitment experience off the opinions of others. 

 

What are the social expectations of being in a sorority?

Sororities provide many opportunities for women to meet and connect with other members of the fraternity & sorority community, although none are mandatory. Examples of these events include sisterhoods where members of the sorority might watch a movie, attend a sporting event, paint, or decorate cookies for a holiday; Grab-A-Dates where women can bring a guest for a fun event like a Mariners Game, Bowling, or Gameworks; and formals where members can bring a guest to a dance hosted in the Seattle area.  

If social events are not your thing, sororities provide plenty of other opportunities for leadership, scholastic support and community engagement.  We have members in our Panhellenic community that don’t participate in social events or activities.

What are sorority bigs?

Each new member is paired with an upper class member in the first half of the year. Sorority bigs are women (traditionally in the member class above the new member class) that mentor and support their new member or little. Big/Little reveal occurs when the new members find out who their mentor (Big) is.

 

What do the sorority letters stand for?

An array of sorority letters (typically 2-3) stand for each specific chapter, ranging from the Greek letters in the alphabet. Organization letters have a meaning to those in the organization and their meaning is typically revealed during initiation.

Will I be hazed?

Our campus, and each sorority national organization, has policies that address hazing. Each sorority, nationally and internationally, complies with anti-hazing laws. If you do feel uncomfortable at any time there are plenty of resources you can reach out to and contact including the Panhellenic Association, the Office of Fraternity or Sorority Life Staff and Community Standards & Student Conduct. If hazing is reported, it is taken seriously by our council, the University of Washington and the sororities national organization.  All new members and initiated members also receive hazing prevention programming each year.

 

What happens if I want to drop out of my sorority?

While membership is for a lifetime and we hope that your sorority experience will add value to your collegiate and alumna years, you can quit your sorority as an undergraduate should you lose interest or need to for other reasons. This is something that you will need to discuss with your individual organization, likely a chapter president or advisor to learn about the process of leaving your organization. It is important to note that there may be some financial obligations that you are still responsible for if you are moving out of the chapter house or have outstanding dues to the organization.  

 

If you have been initiated into the sorority, you are unable to join another Panhellenic group at the UW or any other campus.

 

If you have not been initiated into the sorority, you are able to join another Panhellenic sorority during the following primary recruitment process.

What happens if I graduate early? Can I still be a member of my sorority?

Membership in a sorority is for a lifetime so even if you graduate early you will still be a member, but likely with alumna status. Once you graduate you will not need to attend chapter meetings or events with the undergraduate chapter but can be involved with an alumnae group.  

 

How do sororities interact with fraternities?

Many sororities and fraternities participate in exchanges, which are social activities between one fraternity and one sorority, to get to know more people in the Greek Community. Some examples are finger painting on canvas, destress with puppies and barbecues.

 

 

HOUSING

I want to move into the chapter house if I can, what will that process look like? 

Some chapters do have space for new members to move in this fall! It will be up to the chapters to determine which new members will move in. If you are offered a spot to move in and choose to move in, you will be able to do so likely sometime September 18 or 19. If you have a contract with HFS, but are offered a spot to live in and are going to do so, you will need to cancel your HFS contract by 12:00pm on September 19.  This cancellation will be confirmed with your sorority to be sure that you have been offered a space by them so your request to cancel may not be processed immediately.

 

What changes are being made to the chapter houses for COVID 19?

Chapter Houses are doing everything they can to take the precautions needed for a safe living space.  Houses are working to reduce density within the facility. Many chapters are utilizing time slot sign ups for bathrooms, grab and go meals, and single occupancy rooms. Per public health guidelines for congregate living facilities, face coverings should be worn in all common areas outside of personal bedrooms.  In addition, many chapters do not allow non-members, or in some cases all non-residents, to enter the chapter house.

 

Will I be able to go to the chapter house if I am not living there?

This will depend on the chapter. Some chapters may allow members to enter the chapter house even if they do not live there, however some chapters may only allow members that live-in inside the chapter house.

 

What is the average cost of joining a sorority and what does it cover?

Typically these costs include room and board, a live-in house director, house staff, house cleaners, meals, Internet, phone, and cable. It also includes quarterly dues which include chapter operating costs, officer budgets, events and activities. The costs listed below are a quarterly price and most chapters have different options of payment plans whether it be quarterly, monthly, annually, or installment.

Average pre COVID 19: $3,700

 

Does financial aid cover Chapter dues? Housing?

The best way to know if your financial aid will cover sorority costs is to inquire with the Student Financial Aid Office at the University of Washington.  They will be able to answer your specific questions about if the aid you receive can be used to pay for housing or dues. 

ofsa@uw.edu / 206-543-6101

What is a sleeping porch?

A sleeping porch is a large room inside a chapter house that contains bunk beds for approximately 10 - 40 women. Typically, women will sleep on a sleeping porch during their first year in their chapter, but this varies between chapters. While a member's bed may be on a sleeping porch, most have another room where they would keep their belongings including their closet, desk, and dresser.

 

Can I still do Early Fall Start?

You can definitely do both Early Fall Start and Primary Recruitment. We will do our best to accommodate those who chose to do both and work with your schedule so you can still attend as many rounds as possible. 

 

What do I do if I already signed up to live in the residence halls?

Housing & Food Services (HFS) and the Panhellenic Association have been working together to develop autumn quarter plans that ensure that students who want to join a Panhellenic sorority can do so safely and will be assured a place to live on campus for the whole of the 2020–21 academic year.

You may already be aware that not all new members will be able to live in a chapter house for safety reasons, and the decision has been made that no new member will be required to move into a chapter house during 2020–21. Whether you are able to live in, or choose to remain at home, or opt for residence hall housing, you’ll still be able to participate in all sorority activities.

If you have already applied for on-campus housing, you can expect to receive your assignment information beginning in late August. You no longer need to cancel your housing contract by August 15, but may keep it through the conclusion of Primary Recruitment. HFS expects to be able to assign all housing applicants and hopes to be able to honor all roommate requests.

  • If you accept a bid but choose to live with HFS, your room will be held for you without any action on your part.

  • If you are not offered or do not accept a bid, your room will be held for you without any action on your part.

  • If you are offered a bid and are able to live in the chapter house, you may cancel your housing application by 12:00pm (noon) on September 19 at no charge. 

  • If you are offered a bid and plan to live at home, you will be charged for cancelling your housing application per your agreement.

 

If you are not planning on living at home, we encourage you to apply for on-campus housing if you have not already, to ensure you have a place to live. You can cancel at no charge if you accept a bid during primary recruitment and are able to live in the chapter house.

What are your Disability Accommodations?

All but one Panhellenic organization at the UW has a chapter facility and most facilities were built before ADA accommodations.  Ability to accommodate mobile disability access is varied within our facilities. Some are able to accommodate individuals with mobility needs on the first floor through the front or a side entrance and some have elevators that allow members with mobility needs to live and have access to all floors.  If you have specific questions or have other disability accommodation needs please feel free to contact us at uwpanhellenic@gmail.com.

 

If I am not from Seattle, where do I live during Primary Recruitment?

​If you need a place to stay during recruitment, you are welcome to join us in the residence halls during that week. Our recruitment staff and the Recruitment Counselors (RCs) also live in the residence halls during this time so you will not be alone! Directions on how to register for this option will be available once you register for recruitment in your confirmation email.

 

What amenities are offered in housing?

Each chapter facility is unique and may provide different amenities.  Amenities that would be included in any chapter are a twin bed, access to study areas such as desks and tables, closet/dresser space,  bathrooms, laundry facilities, buffet-style meals, and cable/Wi-Fi.

 

How long do I have to live in my sorority?

This depends on the specific sorority, although in the majority of cases most women live in the chapter facility for at least three years. 

 

Do chapters have Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Free/Allergy options for food?

Each chapter’s chef works to accommodate members who have food preferences or allergies.  You will need to communicate your dietary needs with your chapter's chef when you move into the house so that they know and are able to accommodate your specific needs.  

Will living in a sorority contribute to establishing residency in Washington?

This is a great question to ask the Registrar.  Here is the information to get in touch with them to see if you can use your sorority residence to establish residency in Washington State: https://registrar.washington.edu/students/residency/residency-requirements/

 

Will I get my own room?

Traditionally, first year students will share rooms with at least one roommate. As members get older, they may have the opportunity to live in one person rooms called “singles” in their chapter houses or rooms ranging from two to eight people depending on the chapter.

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