Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register? 

More details on how to register for the 2021 primary recruitment process will be coming in the future!

How much does it cost to register?

How much it costs depends on when you decide to register, so the earlier you register the better! 

Recruitment registration fees go towards lunch for participants on preference round days, as well as the operations of successfully executing the primary recruitment process (supplies, booklets, building costs, ranking software, etc.). Because of this, we are not able to offer refunds once payment is received. 

Can I still register if I am planning to participate in Bio Boot Camp or WiSTEM?

We cannot make accommodations for Bio Boot Camp, but may be able to make accommodations for WiSTEM depending on dates and times (accommodations are not guaranteed). Please email the Panhellenic Vice President of Membership, Sammi LeRoy for more information (phavpmembership@fgcu.edu). 

Will I be allowed to move in early?

Women participating in the PHA Primary Recruitment process will be permitted to move in early. You will need to move in anytime Monday (8/10), Tuesday (8/11), or before 12 pm on Wednesday (8/12). If you have been assigned a day/time that is after 12 pm on Wednesday (8/12) or anytime Thursday (8/13), please contact housing at housing@fgcu.edu and request to move in early in order to participate in the PHA Primary Recruitment process. 

Am I required to go to the recruitment orientation?

Yes! The recruitment orientation is required and extremely important. Failure to attend the recruitment orientation will automatically result in your removal from the Primary Recruitment process without a refund. The orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 12th via Zoom.  

What is values-based recruitment?

The Panhellenic organizations at FGCU are values-based organizations, and values-based recruitment works to ensure that matches are being made on shared values rather than surface-level material. Values-based recruitment allows you to make stronger connections and build stronger relationships with chapters through intentional conversations around shared interests and values. According to the National Panhellenic Conference, values-based recruitment has shown improved retention rates for new members due to their heightened awareness of chapter expectations before joining. 

Once you register for recruitment, you will need to take your Values Bracket to help you identify your values. During recruitment orientation, you will meet with your Rho Gamma who will help you come up with values-based questions that you can ask each organization during rounds. 

What is a Rho Gamma?

A Rho Gamma is a current sorority woman at FGCU who provides objective and impartial support, friendship, and individual guidance to women participating in the Primary Recruitment process. Closer to recruitment, you will be assigned a Rho Gamma to help you! Continue to be on the lookout for an email or phone call from your Rho Gamma as Primary Recruitment approaches in August. 

 

What is "mutual selection?"

Mutual Selection is the process used to match women to sororities during primary recruitment. As you rank sororities, sororities also rank the women they meet. These rankings determine which chapter(s) each woman will get invited back to (if any), and which bid she will receive (if matched) on Bid Day. 

Panhellenic at FGCU is on a 7-4-2 recruitment format. Each number is the maximum number of chapters a woman can visit each day. On the first day, you will meet all 7 chapters, and the max number of chapters you can be invited back to and visit the next day is 4, and so on. After the final day of recruitment rounds (day 3) is completed and ranking is over, the bid matching system (Campus Director) analyzes all rankings and matches each woman with either one sorority or no sorority. Each woman is only able to receive one bid, regardless of if she attended two chapters on the last day. It is not possible to receive more than one bid at the conclusion of the process!

What are my chances of getting a bid?

In the past, about 90% of women who started the process were matched with one of the Panhellenic sororities at FGCU on bid day. From the women who were matched, 99% of them accepted their bid to the organization that they were matched with. That being said, we do have women who are not invited back to any organization and therefore are released from the Primary Recruitment process.  

Does my GPA matter?

Academic excellence is one of the key characteristics of sororities, and women who have GPAs below each sorority’s requirements may be released from the recruitment process. Please keep that in mind as you decide whether you should register for the recruitment process or not. Each chapter sets their own GPA requirements, which are included on each organizations page.  Based on the chapters’ current requirements, potential new members are suggested to have a minimum of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from high school and a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale from college (if an upperclassman).

 

Do I need a recommendation letter in order to participate?

No, recommendation letters are not required in order to participate in the Primary Recruitment process at FGCU. 

How much does it cost to be in a Panhellenic Sorority?

There is a financial obligation to being in a Panhellenic sorority. Plan to pay anywhere from $500-$1,000 per semester depending on which organization you join. Normally the first semester in the organization is more expensive and the price is lowered for the remaining semesters. 

 

Panhellenic is participating in the National Panhellenic Conference Financial Transparency program. This means that during day 1 of recruitment each organization you visit will discuss with you their financial obligations. We encourage you to ask questions to the members that you speak with to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed choice!

What should I wear?

There is no dress code for participants during the Primary Recruitment process, so do not feel pressured or obligated to go out and purchase outfits specifically for recruitment! We do, however, recommend that you present your best self during the process. Examples of what can be worn on each day are below:

  • Orientation (virtual)

    • Super Casual​

      • Nice shorts/pants​

      • Tank top/T-shirt 

      • Any type of shoe

  • Philanthropy Round (virtual)

    • ​Think Office Party meets Sunday brunch!

      • Business Casual

      • Nice Sundress

      • Nice Pants & Blouse

      • Nice Skirt Outfits

  • Preference Round

    • Think business cocktail party!

      • Semi-Formal Dresses/ Wedding Attire

      • Heels / Wedges / Nice Flats

  • Bid Day

    • Super Casual

      • Nice Shorts

      • Tank Top / T-shirt

      • Closed-Toe Flats/Sandals