The Formal Recruitment Process:
Formal recruitment (sponsored by Panhellenic) is the time each fall that potential members and sorority women become acquainted through a series of structured recruitment events. During recruitment functions, potential members talk one-on-one with sorority members. Presentations also provide information about each sorority's activities and values. At the end of the formal recruitment process, bids are extended for membership in one of the 9 NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) chapters on campus. By its very nature, the formal recruitment process is a structured time that provides you an in depth look at sorority life over the course of two consecutive weekends in the Fall semester.
Frequently, the Panhellenic Council will get questions about reference letters or recommendations. While reference letters are certainly appreciated by the chapters when they receive this information, they are not necessary for participation NOR do the majority of women participating in recruitment have them. If you wish to send reference letters on behalf of a woman participating in the recruitment process they may be sent to:
"Name of Organization" Membership Chair
c/o Office of Student Leadership Development
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Informal recruitment, also known as continuous open bidding, begins immediately after the conclusion of formal recruitment and lasts throughout the academic year. Informal recruitment is a great opportunity for women who did not join a sorority through formal recruitment to become a member of the sorority community. Not all sorority chapters at W&M are able to participate in informal recruitment each year, so please take this into consideration as you make a decision about the best way for you to consider membership in a sorority. Informal recruitment is chapter directed and not facilitated by the Panhellenic Council, so if you would like to participate, please watch around campus for dates of events. If you have any questions regarding informal recruitment, please contact the Office of Greek Life at 757.221.3300 or [[jaleung,email the greek advisor]].