Results & Glossary
The hard part is over, now what?
Now that all the parties are over, you simply have to sit back and wait for the time you can go pick up your bid card. When this
happens, there are three possibilities:
1) You got into your first choice chapter! Congratulations! All that hard work has paid off and now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You can look forward to a fun-filled 4 years and a lifetime of friendship.
2) You got offered a bid, but it wasnít to your first choice. In this situation, I (as well as probably your recruitment counselor) would advise you to accept the bid and try out the new chapter. This chapter saw something in you that they really wanted, and you might not have seen all they have to offer during recruitment. When it really comes down to it, all sororities have similar events; it is the members that make them unique. Try out a few weeks in the chapter who offered you a bid to see if the members of their chapter are worth sticking it out. Even though I strongly advise you to accept the bid, you should know that doing so does sometimes means that if you accept the bid and then decide that chapter isnít for you, you generally will not be allowed to COB at any other chapter for one year.
3) You were not offered a bid to any chapter. This is a tough situation to be in. Although you may be feeling pretty crummy right now, look on the bright side. You got to meet a lot of new people and grow as a person. Also, donít shut out the Greek system right away. Many places will have COB opportunities after fall recruitment. There are also local sororities or nationally colonizing sororities that often hold their recruitment after formal rush. Keep in touch with your Greek Affairs office to see what other possibilities may exist. If nothing else, you can always rush again next year and really know what to expect. If you choose the latter, know that some school have a once-cut, always-cut policy so that you would not get the chance to revisit houses that had cut you this year. Still, Greek Life is a great opportunity, and you shouldnít shut the door on it just because one stressful week didnít go so well.
Thatís All Folks!
Itís hard to believe, but thatís all there is to it. I sincerely hope that this recruitment guide helped you to have an extremely successful recruitment. Sorority membership is a wonderful thing that all college women should be lucky enough to experience. Hopefully, through this guide, you have become part of the ever-growing family of NPC sororities across the nation. Have a good time through the rest of college, and create memories and friendships that will last you a lifetime!
Alumna: a graduate member of a sorority
Alumnae: a group of graduated members of sororities
Bid: An invitation to join a sorority
Chapter: a campus branch of one of the 26 national sororities.
Collegiate: An initiated member of a sorority or fraternity that has not yet graduated.
Continuous Open Bidding: the process outside of formal rush where PNMís may join a chapter. PNMís are not required to look at every chapter in this process. Interchangeable with COB or COR.
Formal rush: the time period in which PNMís have the opportunity to join a chapter by going through a process which allows them to see every chapter.
Greek: A member of the Greek system.
Greek Systerm: the network of sororities and fraternities on a given campus.
Legacy: A PNM whose family members were in a specific sorority.
NPC: National Panhellenic Council. The overarching governing body of the 26 national sororities.
Pledge: A member of a sorority that has accepted a bid but has not yet been initiated.
Potential New Member: A non-affiliated girl who attends or will soon attend a school that has a formal rush. This term is
interchangeable with rushee or PNM.
Quota: The maximum number of girls a sorority is allowed to invite into their pledge class. This number is determined by the number of
PNMís who attend a preference party by the # of sororities on campus.
Recruitment: The process by which a sorority obtains new members. Interchangeable with rush.
Recommendation: A form written by an alumna that profiles a PNM.
Recruitment Counselor: A disaffiliated member of a sorority who will guide you through the week of recruitment. Interchangeable with Rho Chi or Pi Chi.
Silence: The period before rush begins in which sorority members are banned from talking to PNMís.
Suicide Bidding: Ranking only one chapter on your pref card when you attended more than one party in an attempt to avoid cross cutting, even though it often results in negative penalties.
Total: The ideal number of girls each house should have. This number is set by each schoolís Panhellenic. If a chapter is not at total, they can continue to extend bids until they reach it.