Commonly Asked Questions

  • How does recruitment work?
    • Register

    • Meet Your Recruitment Guide (Rho Gamma) - she will send you a message to add you to a Groupme for your group

    • Visit Each Chapter

      • Now the fun part. Day one of recruitment. You will go to every sorority on campus – which can be very tiring. Keep an open mind as you meet chapter members rather than relying on preconceived notions or secondhand information. Each day after you will go to fewer sororities. But, you will have longer periods of time with each chapter so you can really get to know the women.​

    • Ask Questions

      • As the women get to know you they will probably ask about your major, your passions, where you’re from. The overlooked part is that you are also getting to know them. You can ask them the same questions. In fact, it is encouraged. What sorority you join is up to you so take this valuable time to get to know the women. You should also ask about their organization. What sisterhood or philanthropy events do they hold? What kind of academic support do they provide? Use this time to get to know each chapter and ask about things you value. For example, if you value being in an organization that is service-oriented, you can ask the member(s) you meet about the service opportunities provided by the chapter.​

    • Evaluate Chapters

      • After each round of recruitment, you get to prioritize which chapters you want to visit the next day. This can be really easy the first day and can get harder and harder. Maybe you have no clue at all from day one. That is OK. Remember, you have your recruitment counselor to talk through your choices.​

    • Chapter Invitation

      • As you are making decisions, so are the sororities. This mutual selection process may mean not going back to a chapter you prioritized highly. You may receive an invitation to a chapter you have indicated as a low priority. Consider this an opportunity to get to know the chapter further as they have identified you as someone who fits the values and expectations of their organization.​

  • Are legacies (those who have family members that are part of an organization) more likely to get a bid?​​
    • At Gettysburg, no. Last year, ​women were almost equally likely to receive a bid whether they were a legacy (72%) or not (75%).  55% of legacies ended up receiving and accepting a bid from a chapter other than the one(s) they were a legacy for.

  • I'm a Junior or Senior, will I actually get a bid if I go through?​
    • Candidly, we recognize chapters have historically prioritized sophomore students. This year, we have introduced a secondary quota model that allows for sophomores and juniors/seniors to be reviewed independently of one another. That way, juniors and seniors can be considered for what they'll bring to the chapter without being compared to sophomores who may have more time left at the institution.

  • Does it matter what color outfit I wear for Preference (Sunday morning's round)​
    • No. Some chapters will choose to all wear one color (whether one of their organization colors or white), but the color you wear will not impact how you're perceived by the chapter.​

  • If I get asked back to a chapter I didn't rank as highly, did their rankings of me outweigh the rankings of the chapter(s) I scored higher?
    • No. ​The Potential New Member's preferences are always prioritized. For example, if two chapters both ranked you highly/invited you to the next round, you would go to the one you ranked higher. If you return to a chapter you did not score as highly, it means the ones you scored higher noted they had not developed as strong a connection with you as they had other PNM's and chose to not invite you to the next round. 

  • Does everyone get a bid?
    • It is possible to not receive a bid. At Gettysburg, an overwhelming majority of the women who do not receive bids did not receive one due to withdrawing or single-intention preferencing. ​Of those who participate in the entire recruitment process, over 90% have historically received a bid.

  • What if I only want to be in one/some of the organizations?​
    • Keep an open mind and look at all the options available to you. No one can "guarantee" you a bid to a particular organization. Decide first if you are generally interested in a fraternity or sorority experience, then explore all the chapters to see what each one offers. If you are interested in Greek Life broadly and keep an open mind, there is a place for you in the Greek community.​