TCU Formal Recruitment occurs every August, the week before classes start for the fall semester.
Saturday, August 17th - Move In and PNM Orientation
August 18-23 - Formal Recruitment
August 25 - Bid Day
Registration for TCU Panhellenic Recruitment will be available early summer 2019. Final Transcripts are needed before one can register! Women can participate in Frog Camp Casa Nueva C - you will return to campus in time for PNM Orientation. Women cannot participate in Recruitment if they are enrolled in Orientation 11 or Frog Camp Challenge B (This is due to overlap of time) (Please Note: no refunds given)
Early Bird Registration (June 1-15): $115
Regular Registration (June 16- July 15): $130
Late Regular Fee (July 16 on): $150
IMPORTANT: You must have a copy of your final transcript for registration. Some high schools do not have final transcripts until after graduation. This should not affect pricing of the registration fee for early June graduates as the fee does not increase until mid-June.
Whether you are familiar with sorority life or you're confused by all those crazy-looking letters, we've provided some information below about Panhellenic life in general and recruitment specifically. We believe this is all helpful information for anyone interested in TCU Panhellenic.
Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the thirteen Panhellenic chapters at TCU. To learn more about the chapters on our campus, please visit the "Our Chapters" section of our website.
Membership in a Panhellenic sorority means that you're a part of a values-based organization, in which membership lasts a lifetime. In addition to Panhellenic, TCU offers sorority membership in our Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council, as well as Independent Greek Council.
To find out about time commitments, it is helpful to ask members during recruitment. For general members, there is a chapter meeting each week and usually one other event, whether it's a philanthropy, social, or sisterhood event.
Sororities don't exclude athletes from membership, but it is a time commitment, so athletes should discuss membership with their coach.
Financial commitments vary by chapter, semester dues range from $440-$820.
It is a huge myth that many women don't receive a bid! Each year, a small handful of women are released from the process, but that is out of over 1,000 PNMs. Other women withdraw voluntarily. About 85% of PNMs that participate in formal recruitment join our Panhellenic community.
Panhellenic recruitment is a mutual selection process. That means that throughout the week, both PNMs and chapters will narrow down their options to make one match at the end of the week. This is a mutual process, meaning each day PNMs get to indicate their Chapter preferences, while Chapters indicate their preferences for which PNMs they get to see the next day. This can sometimes lead to disappointments when a PNM isn't invited back, which is why the best advice is to keep an open mind to all 13 of our amazing chapters.
Each day of recruitment, PNMs will have ample time to eat using their TCU meal plan. If they do not have a meal plan, they should mention this at recruitment orientation. There are also water coolers outside each chapter. It's hot, please stay hydrated!
The recruitment registration fee covers all costs associated with recruitment such as the t-shirts Potential New Members wear for both days of round 1 and round 2, snacks, water bottles, a bag for carrying personal items throughout recruitment, the Potential New Member Booklet, and other recruitment equipment expenses incurred by the Panhellenic Council. The recruitment fee also includes a 5% processing fee. Potential new members are responsible for their attire for the rest of the rounds.
YES! Upperclass women and transfer students can participate (provided they meet eligibility requirements). They register for formal recruitment online like everyone else! For women who have either pledged or been initiated into one of our sororities on another campus and wish to affiliate with our TCU chapter, please contact the chapter directly.
Legacies are PNMs who are (usually) daughters, sisters, or granddaughters of alumna or active members. Each chapter has a different way of handling legacies. Being a legacy does NOT guarantee membership with that group, nor does it mean a PNM should feel pressured to join that sorority. Oftentimes, a chapter will have more legacies participating in recruitment than they have spots available.
No, they are not required by TCU! The only requirement is that your student registers for recruitment at TCU! If you know women that are affiliated with a Panhellenic sorority and they wish to write a recommendation or reference, we encourage them to do so. Each chapter has its own policies and procedures regarding reference and/or recommendation letters.
We do not need your official transcript, we need your final transcript. You do not need to send in your sealed and official transcript. When you fill out the Panhellenic registration form it will ask you to upload your transcript, you will need to upload a digital copy of your final transcript. Please do not register if you do not yet have your final transcript.
The days during formal recruitment will be long! Some days you may end earlier, but you will be very tired! We recommend not planning anything during the week of recruitment -you will most likely not have a lot of free time.
We know recruitment is an overwhelming experience and you aren't alone! We are here to support you through the whole experience.
Here are some resources!
Go straight to the source: send us an email through Contact Us
Check out our social media to see what we're up to: @tcupanhellenic
The Sorority Life: a website made for high school PNMs and their parents
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