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Sorority Recruitment

Deferred Recruitment
St. Norbert College practices what is called “deferred recruitment.” This means that we do not allow first-year students to join a Greek-lettered organization or social group until their second semester. We want to make sure that you feel well-adjusted to college and comfortable with your class work before making the decision to join a sorority.

Each organization has eligibility requirements for membership. While some specific organizations may have higher standards, the minimum standard requirement at SNC is a 2.25 GPA.

How Recruitment Works
Recruitment is the mutual selection process by which the prospective member (you) and the sororities determine the best fit for membership. It is a mutual process where you have the opportunity to decide which chapter(s) would be a good fit for you and where each chapter determines whom they would like invite to be a member.

During recruitment, you meet many members from each chapter and have the opportunity to gauge whether or not a particular chapter is a good place for you. While all chapters strive to create better men and women, each chapter is different and has a different personality. The goal of recruitment is to determine if Greek life is for you and where you find the best fit.

Total - Total is a number determined by the Panhellenic Council, which helps give the sororities an equal opportunity at recruitment. Total on our campus is 30. This means that a sorority's total membership cannot exceed 30 members (with the exception of during formal recruitment, which we’ll explain later).

Sorority Informal Recruitment
Informal recruitment takes place in the fall semester and is for upper-class students only. The dates for informal recruitment are Monday, Sept. 16th-Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013.

During informal recruitment, upper-class students are able to attend different recruitment events hosted by the sororities. At the end of recruitment, you may receive a “bid,” or invitation, to join a particular (or multiple) sororities. You may choose to accept a bid or you may decide Greek life isn’t for you. If you accept a bid, you are agreeing to join that organization. You may only join one Greek or social organization, so be sure to make the decision that’s right for you!

The sororities are only allowed to recruit up to Total (30) during informal recruitment. So, if a sorority currently has 28 members, they are only allowed to hand out two bids. If you do not receive a bid through informal recruitment, you can still register to participate in formal recruitment in the spring!

Sorority Formal Recruitment
Formal recruitment takes place during the spring semester and is open to any woman who is eligible to join a sorority (must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA). You must register to participate in formal recruitment, but there is no fee to participate. Registration will open in October.

Recruitment is a mutual selection process, so while you are determining where you would feel most comfortable, the sororities are also determining the best fit for their organizations. You will be able to rank the sororities and they will have a certain number of invitations to hand out for the following day’s events. Sometimes, you don’t end up with your first choice! We encourage everyone to keep an open mind and stick with the process. There are plenty of women who end up in a different sorority than they initially would have chosen and now feel they are where they belong. Below is the schedule for formal recruitment, spring 2014.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Attend four events, meet each sorority
Friday, Feb. 14 - Attend up to three events
Saturday, Feb. 15 - Attend up to two events
Sunday, Feb. 16 - Bid Day

At the conclusion of recruitment, chapters issue bids, which are invitations to join the organization. By accepting a bid, you are accepting membership in a particular fraternity or sorority. You may not join any other Greek or social organizations. However, you may go through the process and decide not to join any sorority, which is perfectly fine! Recruitment is a great way to meet over 100 women on campus and develop lasting friendships.

Recruitment Tips
  • Organize your daily schedule - Plan enough time for schoolwork, meals, personal time and anything else you need to do. Also, allow yourself enough time for recruitment events – you don't want to miss any of them!

  • Don’t adopt a new personality - Sororities want to meet and get to know the real you. Sometimes problems can occur when a potential member pretends to be someone he or she is not, so the best bet is to just be yourself.

  • Don’t listen to rumors! - If you really want to know something about a particular fraternity or sorority, just ask one of the members of that chapter. Information that you get from any other source can be inaccurate and not helpful to you at all.

  • Choose which chapter is right for you - Just because a lot of people from your hometown are in a certain sorority or you think your friends are going to pledge a certain chapter, it doesn’t mean that chapter is right for you. Think about all the options you have, and join the sorority with which you fit in the best and feel the most comfortable.

  • Learn as much about the sorority as you possibly can - By doing this, you can make a better decision on which fraternity/sorority you would like to join. Ask a lot of questions, and meet as many people as you can. After all, that is what recruitment is for – you need to keep in mind that these are the people with whom you will be spending the next few years and with whom you will share friendships for a lifetime.

  • Ask the right questions - You should try to learn the following things about each chapter:        

    • How much emphasis does your chapter place on scholarship, and are there scholarship programs offered by your chapter?

    • How involved is your chapter with Panhellenic Council, student government and other campus organizations?         

    • What community service programs does your chapter participate in?

    • How much does it cost to be involved with the fraternity/sorority?

    • What kind of time commitment is required in the new member education program of the sorority?

[Adapted from Greek Life at Western Illinois University]

What About Hazing?
Hazing is illegal in the State of Wisconsin. In addition to this, St. Norbert College stands firm in their conviction and refusal to tolerate hazing in any form.


Hazing is a recurrent blight that can attack any organization whenever a few persons attempt to substitute force for reason and expediency for understanding. Such persons seem to believe that subjecting members to a series of ordeals will make them fit in and that fear will somehow make them more disciplined and mature. Even though such methods may seem efficient in the short run, there can be no justification whatsoever for hazing. The principles and values of St. Norbert College as well as each and every fraternity and sorority at SNC are in stark contrast to any act of hazing and these values must be evident in the words and actions of all members. Therefore, the college retains the right to sanction organizations as well as individuals who are involved in or permit hazing.

Each fraternity and sorority and the governing councils at St. Norbert College (IFC, Panhellenic) join the college in their refusal to accept or tolerate hazing activities in any form, included practices by new members, active members, alumni or any recognized college organization. Whatever form it takes, hazing subverts and corrupts the true fraternal experience.

Each organization is required to have at a minimum the following hazing policy in their binding constitution: “As members of a recognized student organization at St. Norbert College, we unconditionally oppose placing any or all members of our organization or those of the general student population in situations which produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Freedom from the humility and danger of hazing is guaranteed to every member of the college community. We realize that any form of hazing violates college policy and Wisconsin State Statute 948.51."

For more information, please contact Cristi Burrill, the Greek support staff and assistant director of leadership development at 920-403-3954 or cristi.burrill@snc.edu.