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Joining a Sorority

We are proud of our sororities. There is more than just one way to join. These links will help you learn more about opportunities to join.

Fall Primary Recruitment

This event takes place the week before fall classes begin. It’s a great way to meet all seventeen of our member groups. With specific timed rounds, invitation lists, and limits to the number of sororities a potential member might meet each round- it’s very structured, but it’s a great way to get a fresh look at all of our sororities before school begins. This is how 98% of our members join.

Continuous Open Bidding

Continuous Open Bidding is a way for sororities to pick up a few women here and there. It’s very casual and unstructured and, since not every sorority participates, it’s not easy to tell which sororities will participate in a given semester. It doesn’t operate on a schedule, so some sororities will complete their COB process before another begins it. If you’re interested in sorority membership, though, and a chapter invites you to a COB event, you should attend. If you missed out on formal recruitment, this is a great way to try and find a sorority home at Auburn.

Women in a sorority on Bid Day.

The Auburn Panhellenic Council and Auburn Greek Life have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and its potential impact on our fall recruitment experience. We also reviewed recommendations from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the governing body of the 26 member organization sororities, who recently released a Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report encouraging the use of virtual and/or in-person recruitment with physical distancing guidelines. In collaboration with Greek Life, chapter leadership, advisors, campus partners, and NPC representatives, Auburn Panhellenic revised the recruitment format to enhance the safety of our community. As we await Auburn University’s announcement about fall instruction, we wanted to share Panhellenic’s plan for Primary Recruitment.

Revised Schedule and Format

The revised dates for Primary Recruitment are August 8-15. Plans include three options for virtual and in-person rounds: 

Option 1: Normal Operations

Virtual: Ice Water Teas & Philanthropy Rounds

In-person: Sisterhood & Preference Rounds

Option 2: Elevated Risk

Virtual: Ice Water Teas, Philanthropy, and Sisterhood Rounds

In-person: Preference Round

Option 3: Immediate Risk

All Virtual Rounds

Our hope is to utilize Option 1. However, we will adhere to Auburn University and relevant federal, state, and local guidelines, keeping the health and safety of our community at the forefront of any decisions made. If there is an elevated risk, or immediate risk, we will move to option 2 or option 3, respectively.

Information about Bid Day

While Bid Day is tentatively scheduled for August 15, the specific details are still being finalized. Due to health and safety concerns, we are not able to host parents, families, and other guests at Bid Day activities. This was not an easy decision, but we feel this is the safest way to allow our potential new members and their new sisters to have a Bid Day experience.

For the most up to date information about Auburn University’s response to COVID-19 visit the University’s website at https://ocm.auburn.edu/news/coronavirus/.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME AS A POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER (PNM)?

Move in and recruitment schedule/ format: 
PNMs living on campus will still move into the residence halls early in order to participate in the Primary Recruitment process. More information about early move-in can be found here. 
Recruitment kickoff is tentatively scheduled for August 7, after the last PNM move-in time. (Specific time and other details TBA).
Assuming we utilize Option 1,  
Ice Water Teas will happen via pre-recorded videos from both the PNMs and the chapters. Guidelines and instructions for the PNM videos are available on our website and in the application. We recommend PNM videos be submitted by July 9.

Philanthropy Round will happen virtually. Chapters will prepare pre-recorded videos that PNMs will watch, and PNMs will have the opportunity to speak directly with chapter members during this round, via a video call.

Recruitment Week Guidelines: 
Masks will be required for both PNMs and active chapter members during all in-person rounds of recruitment.

There will be the option for PNMs who are at a higher risk for severe illness or immunocompromised to participate in recruitment via a fully virtual experience. Should a PNM experience any COVID-19 symptoms, or test positive during the recruitment process, there will be an option to complete the recruitment experience process virtually.

There will be a thorough cleaning of the recruiting spaces in between parties.PNMs will still receive a t-shirt to wear for Philanthropy Round, as well as a hard copy of the PNM Handbook. Due to this, as well as additional costs for recruitment, some of which are still unknown given the circumstances, we will maintain the No Refund Policy for recruitment registration.

Last modified: June 17, 2020