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Overview of Recruitment Events

Panhellenic Recruitment Registration/Information Meeting
An open meeting for potential members to gain information about the sorority recruitment process and to register to participate in recruitment. This event is not a part of the formal recruitment process and is not mandatory for registration, however you must complete the online application and pay the associated fee to qualify for recruitment.
Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual

Panhellenic Preview Day (Fall Rounds)
Panhellenic Preview Day is held in the individual sorority houses and potential members will attend the round with their Recruitment Counselor groups. “Fall Rounds” provides the potential members the opportunity to familiarize themselves with round schedules and attendance. These sessions are not mandatory and potential members should use them to gain information about the individual sororities and to meet people.
Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual

Recruitment 101
A meeting held in December before Winter Break, during which potential members will be given specifics about the Formal Recruitment week. There will be a panel of Vanderbilt women who will share their experiences during the Recruitment process and will be available to answer questions and offer advice.
Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual

Formal Recruitment Rounds


Display Round
The first round of Formal Recruitment is a Display Round where each sorority will have the opportunity to share its mission and values with the potential members, and provide them with some insight into the ideals it stands for. Potential Members will attend all ten sororities during this round.

Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual/Winter Coat






Philanthropy Round
Philanthropy Round is the second opportunity during formal recruitment for potential members to meet sorority actives while making a project to be donated to the individual sorority’s philanthropy. Potential members may visit as many as eight sororities during this round.

Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual/Winter Coat






Sisterhood Round

Formal Recruitment’s third round provides the opportunity to meet with active members and discuss what it means to be a member of the organization, learn about the financial requirements of membership, and gain a deeper understanding about the organizations sisterhood. Potential members may visit as many as five sororities during this round.

Suggested Dress: Dressy Casual/Winter Coat





Preference Night Meeting

All potential members invited to any sorority’s preference night round must attend the meeting held on Saturday afternoon. Specifics about preference ceremonies and bid day activities will be given at this time.

Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual/Winter Coat







Preference Night Round

The last round of recruitment, Preference Night is a sentimental ceremony in which the actives demonstrate to the potential members their bonds of sisterhood and what their sorority truly means to them. Potential Members are included in the ceremony and should use this night to help make their decision concerning which sorority makes them feel the most comfortable. Potential members may attend as many as two sororities during this round.

Suggested Dress: Cocktail/Sunday Attire/Winter Coat




Bid Card Signing
After attending their last preference round ceremony, potential members will go directly to sign their bid cards. The signing of the bid card is a personal decision and one each potential member must make on their own. Potential members should not discuss their bid card signing with anyone prior to filling out their bid card.

Bid Day
The new members will meet at a designated location to receive their bids, participate in a Panhellenic Ceremony, and then go as a new member class to Greek Row. They will be greeted by their new sisters and activities will last throughout the day so new members can get to know their new member class.
Suggested Dress: Jeans/Casual