What is Sorority Recruitment?
Sorority recruitment is a formal, mutual selection process for Potential New Members (PNMs) to meet collegiate Greek women.
How can I participate in Recruitment?
To participate in recruitment, complete the following tasks.
- Register with DAPA now (there is no fee associated with this registration). Then, register with your university Greek Life Office (usually after May or June). From here, you will receive information from your university regarding dates, what to wear, what sororities there are on campus and any other information you will need to know.
- Women who want to go through Formal Recruitment may find it beneficial to contact Panhellenic women, usually alumnae of the individual sororities, who can assist them with references or sponsorships for the sororities on their future college campus. These women can be friends of your parents, teachers, or mutual acquaintances. Each sorority has different requirements of what needs to be completed for your individual reference or sponsorship information. Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association (DAPA) provides a list of reference and sponsorship resources of the NPC sororities’ contacts for Dallas-area PNMs.
If I register with Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic, do I still need to register with my university’s Panhellenic?
Yes!! To participate in Recruitment you MUST register with your university’s Greek Life office. There will be a fee to register and you must submit your registration to the University by their specified deadline. Typically, Universities open registration after May or June.
How much does it cost to join a sorority?
Budgeting for sorority expenses is important. The cost of joining a sorority differs from campus to campus and house to house. Items you’ll be expected to pay as a sorority woman includes:
- Monthly dues that pays for cost of the sorority to fund operations, social events and programming for the chapter
- Initiation fees (one time cost)
- If there is a sorority house, there will be cost for meals, housing, and house corporation dues.
- There are additional expenses to plan for such as cost for t-shirts and sorority apparel, big sis/little sis gifts.
The university Greek Life office should be able to provide cost ranges for sororities on your campus.
Can I register with Dallas Panhellenic even if I don’t know where I will attend school in the fall?
Of course! What we’d appreciate you doing is to send us an email and let us know what school you decide upon. We will update the master list so local and collegiate sororities can better track who will be going where.
Can you help me find someone to write a sponsorship form or reference letter for me?
We know it can be hard to find Panhellenic women to assist with individual references or sponsorship letters. Refer to the DAPA Reference and Sponsorship Resource for contacts. Please email your needs to the resource sighted on the reference sheet. Keep in mind that these women are volunteers and need a little time to respond. If for some reason you don’t get a response, don’t worry, collegiate women may be able to help too once recruitment begins.
What is a High School Liaison?
For most of the Dallas-area high schools, DAPA has provided the contact information for a woman who has been assigned to support your school. If you have any questions, need help or clarification, contact these women. They are women who are knowledgeable about the recruitment process and can help you.
If I pledge a sorority that is not part of the National Panhellenic Council (local organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council, etc.) am I still eligible for a DAPA scholarship?
DAPA Scholarship candidates must be
- High school women in the high school senior women (public or private high schools) who lives in the Dallas ISD or Highland Park ISD attendance zones (includes Addison, Highland Park and University Park)
- Attend an accredited four-year Texas university with National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities on campus
- Must participate in NPC Panhellenic sorority recruitment, within the fiscal year of award or forfeit the scholarship
For a list of universities with NPC sororities, please click here.
What is Recruitment 101 (previously called Recruitment Forum)?
Recruitment 101 is an annual event hosted by Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association for high school senior and college-bound women and their families. Information is presented is intended to explain what recruitment is, how to be prepare to participate in recruitment and what to expect at recruitment. This is held in January or February and offers speakers to answer any questions you might have. If you cannot attend ours, other local Panhellenic Associations have them as well. We highly recommend attending one of these meetings.
Do I still need to attend DAPA’s information meeting if my school has their own?
We HIGHLY recommend that you come to our meeting too. DAPA works with each sorority to know the latest information. We try to have leadership from the one or more university Greek Life offices present to answer questions too. Some of the school meetings are hosted by women who have not participated in recruitment in many years—so much has changed. AND we offer unique tools to help you be less stressed and better prepared.