Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment


Fall Primary RecruitmentFall semester sorority recruitment is a mutually selective process between potential new members and the sororities we have on campus. Potential new members will get a chance to meet all the sororities throughout the week, narrowing down the organizations to the one chapter that fits them best. At the end of the recruitment events, individuals may receive an invitation to become a member (a bid) for one of UNCW's sororities.

Important Dates:

Meet the Greeks
Thursday, August 17th 10am-2pm Chancellor's Walk
Potential New Member Orientation
Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30pm in the Burney Center
Recruitment
Thursday, August 31st through Tuesday, September 5th
Bid Day
Tuesday, September 5th

Registration is open!

Click here to register for Fall Primary Recruitment

Please contact Jordan Standley, Vice President of Recruitment, at jcs3178@uncw.edu with any questions.

Impact of Sorority LifeDuring college, a sorority offers personal and professional support within a smaller group of friends in a larger university environment. With this support, individual personal and leadership development is fostered through attending seminars as well as holding officer and committee positions within the chapter.

Membership in a sorority enhances academic achievement by providing several forms of support to assist members, from study resources to quiet study areas. Members are also encouraged to participate in community service through philanthropic activities, setting a pattern of lifelong service to others.

After the undergraduate years, members will have lifelong friendships as well as continued personal and professional support through alumnae activities and networking programs. For more information, visit the sites below.

Helpful InformationHere are some basic recruitment terms:

  • Gamma Chi: a recruitment counselor. Gamma Chi's are like orientation leaders for sorority recruitment. The Gamma Chi's and Panhellenic Executive board disaffiliate from their own chapters to serve as unbiased advisors to you. They will rejoin their chapters on Bid Day.
  • Philanthropy: Generally a specific service organization or group that each national sorority adopts to provide funds and hands on service for. Each sorority will explain their service to you the first night of recruitment.
  • Bid: an invitation to become a new member in one of UNCW's sororities.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhich Sorority is the best?

At UNCW, all sororities have their own qualities that make them special to their members. The best sorority is the one that feels like the best fit for you.

Do I need to get Letters of Recommendation?

UNCW does not require students to get letters of recommendation for sorority recruitment. We follow the National Panhellenic Conference's resolution on letters of recommendation that letters are the responsibility of the NPC organization and membership is not contingent on letter. The majority of women that join an organization at UNCW do not submit letters and they are hardly used by our sororities.

What is Panhellenic and how is it different from other sororities I have heard of?

UNCW is home to 13 sororities and 1,063 Sorority Women, although only 10 of these groups are Panhellenic sororities. The National Panhellenic Conference is the umbrella organization for 26 inter/national women's fraternities and sororities that have joined together and adopted specific guidelines to promote the values of and to serve as an advocate for its member groups in collaboration with those members, campuses and communities.

UNCW is also the home to three sororities that are members other National Pan-Hellenic Council, which is a coalition of the nine largest historically African American Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. These sororities are Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta.

We also have one other National Sorority- Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority. This organization has their own process for recruitment.

Do you have houses?

UNCW offers Sorority housing in the University Suites. Currently all of our Panhellenic chapters have suites. The sororities are permitted to paint have their common rooms and bedrooms, as well as provide their own furniture and decor. The suites have single rooms that house ten women. Each sorority has their chapter's letters on the outside of their suite.