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Primary recruitment, which takes place at the beginning of every school year in the Fall, is the process by which active members of 16 of our NPC member chapters meet potential new members (PNMs) interested in joining the Panhellenic community. PNMs have the opportunity throughout this weeklong process to discuss with current members their sororities' values, ideals, and activities.


The primary recruitment period consists of four rounds: Community, Philanthropy, Membership and Preference. In each round, PNMs will talk to fewer houses as they and the chapters narrow their options. Following Preference Round, a PNM may be extended an invitation to join one of our chapters.


Any female-identifying student who is not already an initiated member of an NPC organization is eligible to participate in Panhellenic formal recruitment and join a chapter if she is a regularly matriculated undergraduate student at UW Seattle. Unfortunately UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students are not eligible to join a sorority at UW. Any undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Washington, Seattle who has been granted full-time status may participate in formal recruitment, though each chapter has its own requirements for membership.


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 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.

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