PHC Council

Panhellenic (PHC) Recruitment Information

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for 14 sorority chapters on campus. Twelve chapters are associated with the National Panhellenic Conference, or NPC. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc is associated with the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) and Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is associated with the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).

Recruitment is the process by which active chapter members meet potential new members who are commonly referred as PNMs. PNMs have the opportunity to learn more about the chapters, their philanthropies and what fraternity and sorority life entails.

Fall & Spring Recruitment
Fall Recruitment is very structured, organized entirely by the Panhellenic Council and all thirteen NPC chapters participate. Through a mutual-selection process, potential new members have the opportunity to meet active chapter women and visit all thirteen chapter houses. As the week progresses, both PNMs and chapters will narrow their choices. At the end of the week, bids to chapters are extended.

Spring Recruitment is very informal. Only certain chapters are eligible to participate and each chapter organizes their Spring recruitment events independently.

PHC Recruitment FAQs

What is Fall Formal recruitment?

Fall Formal recruitment is the mutual selection process through which potential new members (PNMs) meet active members of sorority chapters. Over four days, PNMs will visit all thirteen NPC chapters and have the opportunity to find out what  the Panhellenic experience is all about at UC Berkeley. As the week progresses, both the chapters and the potential new members narrow down their selections. On the final day of recruitment, after a mutual bid-matching process, PNMs receive an invitation to join a chapter.

How do you balance academics and sorority life?

Academics are a priority for all our chapters. Members often balance working, research, other clubs and their membership. In fact, the All-Greek GPA is typically higher than the All-Campus average! Click here to CalGreeks Academic Reports >

When is recruitment?

Formal Recruitment is held each Fall during the first week of classes. Informal Spring recruitment is held within the first few weeks of the Spring semester.

How can I sign up for Fall Formal recruitment?

 

You can find information and register for Fall Formal recruitment on UC Berkeley Panhellenic Council’s website.

How many women go through recruitment each year?

Approximately 850 women participated in Fall Formal Recruitment in 2014.

What if I have class during Recruitment?

While we try to schedule recruitment events in the evening on school nights, we understand that some women may have class conflicts. Class conflict forms will be available each August. Chapters will be notified which PNMs have class conflicts.

How much of a time commitment is being in a sorority?

Participating in a Greek-letter organization is like participating in any co-curricular activity; it requires a time investment. Students in the Greek Community at Cal have the opportunity for a well-rounded college experience that involves academic work and campus involvement, as well as social events. As they say, you get out of a sorority what you put in. You can choose your level of involvement, whether you decide to be a member or the President.

What kinds of philanthropy events are you involved in?

Each chapter is required to hold one philanthropy event per semester. Each chapter has their own philanthropy. Most philanthropy events involve the community, so chapter women and fraternity men often attend other chapter’s events.

Do chapters haze?

The national fraternity and sorority organizations, the University of California, Berkeley, Panhellenic Council and state law prohibit any action taken, or any situation created, whether on or off sorority premises, that may produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Hazing is forbidden and will not be tolerated at UC Berkeley.

Who are Recruitment Counselors?

Panhellenic trains a special group of 36 women, known as Recruitment Counselors, for the purpose of providing a more enjoyable and less stressful atmosphere during membership recruitment week. All Recruitment Counselors remain disaffiliated from their respective chapters during Recruitment Week. Disaffiliation enables recruitment counselors to answer questions and guide potential members without bias or preference to a particular chapter. Your Recruitment Counselor will provide information about the week, accompany you to recruitment week functions, and provide a listening ear as you make decisions concerning sorority membership. Approximately 20 women will join you as members of a recruitment group.

Panhellenic chooses recruitment counselors based on enthusiasm for Cal and sorority life, objectivity and dependability. Take advantage of your recruitment counselor because she can offer valuable information regarding sorority life, academic classes and other opportunities waiting for you at Cal. Her job during Recruitment Week is to help you and make the week easier for you in whatever way she is able.

What are the Financial Requirements?

Joining a Greek organization does entail a financial commitment, but it is important to realize this commitment is considerably less than the costs of housing, food, and entertainment for the average Cal student living in the residence halls. The average new member fee in 2013 was $1,414 per semester. It varies from chapter to chapter. It typically costs a little bit more for your first year because of the new member programming and education you go through. The average live out fee in 2013 was $1,182 per semester. It varies from chapter to chapter. This typically includes a few meals each week. It varies from chapter to chapter. The average live in fee in 2013 was $4,995 per semester. It varies from chapter to chapter. This typically includes dues, room/board, and food 5 days a week. It varies from chapter to chapter. There may be a few additional fees for optional apparel, badges, or optional social events.

Living in a sorority is one of the most economical ways to live near campus. Berkeley residence halls cost between $5,000 and $6,000 each semester. Renting an apartment near campus generally costs over $1,000 a month with leases starting in June (not including food or furnishings). Sororities, in addition to housing services, provide food, furnishings, utilities, a managing staff, and most importantly emergency and security measure to provide a safe environment and a home away from home.

Which Chapters Participate in Fall Formal Recruitment?

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha will all be participating in FFR 2014. Omega Phi Beta and Sigma Psi Zeta, our affiliate chapters, are not an organization recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference, and hence does not participate in the Panhellenic Council’s Formal Recruitment.

What is the Dress Code for Recruitment?

Detailed information about dress code expectations will be given during mandatory orientation.

– Unity Day: Something comfortable and casual. (Ie: shorts with a tank top or shirt, with comfortable shoes)

– House Tours: A sundress or skirt with flats or sandals.

– Philanthropy Night: Business casual. (Ie: Pants or skirt with a blouse, with flats)

– Preference Night: Business casual or something that you would wear to nice dinner or wedding. (Ie: Cocktail dress, with heels)

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How should I prepare for Formal Recruitment?

There are no required documents you have to bring to Recruitment. The only mandatory action is that you sign up for Recruitment and pay the Recruitment fee prior to the deadline. You also must attend the mandatory Orientation night. Letters of Recommendation are optional and purely serve as a prior introduction to the chapters before you get to introduce yourself to them!

Am I required to live in the sorority house my first year?

No. We actually encourage our members to live in the dorms and fully enjoy the dorm experience. Most women choose to live in their sophomore and continuing years to take full advantage of the beautiful facilities! Most chapters do not ever require you to live in, but a few ask for sophomores to live in. It is often a very economical option, as living in the Bay Area very expensive. Every chapter has a chef, maintenance workers, and housekeepers who all help the house run smoothly. Chapter houses vary in size and in the number of women who live in. Chapters also have a House Mothers who ensures that the house is running smoothly and that house rules are being followed.