Sorority Recruitment, formerly known as Rush, is a formal schedule of events organized by the sororities on each campus to meet collegians who have registered for Membership Recruitment.
Recruitment consists of 3-4 “rounds” of parties/events, lasting anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the number of chapters on campus and the number of women registered for Recruitment.
The first round is sometimes called Open House, where you will visit each sorority. You will receive invitations back to some chapters. You are allowed to return to a certain number of sororities for each round. The final round is called Preferential Event or “Pref.” Any sorority that invites you to the Preferential round is seriously considering you for membership.
Bids are membership invitations that are offered by sororities to women. Sororities offer bids based on friendship and accomplishments, not on References or legacy status.
References are letters/forms sent to sororities by their alumnae on behalf of young women attending their college. References do not determine membership in a sorority. Your own accomplishments and the friendships you make during the recruitment process are the determining factors for sisterhood. You are not required to find your own References to each sorority. Not all sororities require a References to offer you a membership bid. If a sorority does require a References, then the sorority is responsible for finding one – not you.
Sororities use 3 main criteria for invitations: your grades, your activities and your personality.
A Recruitment Counselor will escort your group to each sorority, each night. She is a sorority member who is trained by Panhellenic and the university to be a guide for you during recruitment.