Fall recruitment for Panhellenic sororities is a structured three day process referred to as Formal Membership Recruitment, or FMR. Participants are required to register for FMR at least 24 hours in advance. In the weeks before FMR, Panhellenic hosts a series of "Pre-Recruitment Events" where prospective members can learn more about Greek Life and meet current members from all sororities.
All recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days to avoid conflicts with classes. During the first day of FMR, participants attend events, or "rounds," at all participating chapters. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. At the end of each night, participants preference the chapters they would like to return to while the respective chapters preference the women they wish to extend return invitations to for the following day. The final invitational event held on Sunday is Preference Night, which is more formal in nature. After this day, participants rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to accept a certain number of new members. A "bid matching" process is then used to match participants based on their ranked choices and provide sororities with equally sized new member classes.
In Fall 2017, FMR will begin on Friday, September 14th, and conclude on Monday, September 17th. During the first three days of FMR, participants will attend events, or "parties," (Friday to Sunday) before finding out if they have received a "bid" to join a sorority on "Bid Day" (Monday). To conclude FMR on the last day, Panhellenic hosts a final celebratory event where all chapters welcome their new members.
All participants must register for FMR, which requires a $20-$25 registration fee, and attend an Information Session on September 14th. There will be a make-up information session on September 13th for those unable to attend the primary Information Session. The Information Session will be the last opportunity to register for FMR. There will also be a general information session on August 31st.
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