What is formal recruitment?

A four-round process that places over 900 women into 16 sororities. During each round, potential new members (PNMs) meet sorority women from each chapter and learn about each chapter’s values and character. With each round, PNM’s visit fewer houses as they figure out where they are best suited. After a matching process, PNMs receive a bid card from one of three sororities the PNM visited in Preferential Round. Throughout recruitment, PNM’s and sorority women are not allowed to talk to each other outside rounds to ensure equal treatment.

Who is involved and participates?

The Vice Presidents of Recruitment, Hally Carver  and Isabel Erdman, manage the Council’s Recruitment process with the assistance of two assistant VPs. Each chapter has a Recruitment Chair that reports to the VPs of Recruitment and is responsible for her chapter’s rounds. The PanHellenic Counsellor Directors, Lucy Rose and Mallory Leidinger, train and oversee the Panhellenic Counselors, who guide potential new members through Recruitment and help manage the process’ logistics.  Potential New Members are unaffiliated women who wish to join the sorority community and a chapter.

 Why should you participate?

A sorority creates a home away from home, in which sorority women support each other academically, emotionally, and through other avenues of UVA and post-graduation. Each chapter has its own personality, thus making it possible for a variety of women to find a place in sorority life. In addition, the sorority community offers numerous resources for sorority women, including scholarships, philanthropic opportunities, and more. Sorority women establish and develop friendships within their chapter and the sorority community that last a lifetime.

When is Formal Recruitment?

Formal Recruitment takes place at the beginning of the second semester. As a result, PNMs have the opportunity to get settled at UVA, meet other students, and focus on their studies. 

Jan. 12

Early Move-In and mandatory PNM Orientation Session

Jan. 13

Round Robin (Day 1 of Round 1)

Jan. 14

Round Robin (Day 2 of Round 1)

Jan. 15


Jan. 16


Jan. 17

NO CONTACT DAY- First day of spring classes

Jan. 18

House Tours

Jan. 19

House Tours

Jan. 20


Jan. 21

Bid Day

When is registration due?

Registration for Formal Recruitment will open the beginning of October and close Beginning of November.  For updates please subscribe to the Go Greek ISC Listserv here.

How do I get Recruitment updates?

Subscribe to the Go Greek ISC Listserv to get updates regarding registration and participation in all ISC Recruitment activities.

Formal Recruitment Information Session Powerpoint