Primary Recruitment is hosted in the beginning of the fall semester and all eight chapters are eligible to participate. Primary Recruitment is highly structured and is organized into four invitational rounds. After each round, PNMs (Potential New Members) and chapters participate in a process called mutual selection in which the PNM identifies chapters she connected with better and chapters identify women they’d like to invite back to subsequent rounds. On the first round, a PNM will visit all eight chapters. On subsequent rounds, PNMs can attend up to six chapters on round two (Philanthropy Round), four chapters on round three (Sisterhood Round), and two chapters on round four (Preference Round). At the end of the week, PNMs have the opportunity to accept a bid to a sorority.
RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE 2021
Monday, August 16th - Recruitment Orientation
Tuesday, August 17th - Open House Round 1 (25-minute events)
Wednesday, August 18th - Open House Round 2 (25-minute events)
Thursday, August 19th - Philanthropy Round (30-minute events)
Friday, August 20th - Sisterhood Round (40-minute events)
Saturday, August 21st - Preference Round (45-minute events)
Sunday, August 22nd - Bid Day
The registration fee is $80
Early Bird registration fee is $60
This fee includes a t-shirt that will be worn during recruitment and the general registration fee.
SCHEDULE - COVID-19 UPDATES
As your health and safety is of utmost importance, we will conduct a hybrid recruitment. The first round of recruitment, Open House, will plan to be virtual. We will use Zoom, an online video communications technology company, to host events. Our chapters will utilize breakout room features to aid in creating opportunities for one-on-one connection. This is a tentative schedule, as guidelines for the university are constantly updating in accordance to the CDC. Before the start of each day of recruitment, PNMs will meet with their recruitment counselors to go through the specifics of that round and answer any questions. We will continue to monitor and abide by all guidelines and recommendations from the university and the state of Mississippi. We will continue to make accommodations as necessary leading up to recruitment.
*Check your email, including your junk mail, for more information and updates regarding the recruitment process.
ROUNDS OF RECRUITMENT
During this round, you will be able to meet members from all eight of our Panhellenic chapters. This is an opportunity for you to get an understanding of what makes each chapter unique.
During the second round, you will learn about the philanthropic causes that drive our Panhellenic women and the ways they support them. You may visit up to six chapters during this round.
Here you will have a chance to learn about the unique friendships within each chapter and how sisterhood has shaped each member's personal growth. You may visit up to four chapters this round.
This is the final round of recruitment and entails more personal conversations than the previous rounds. Ideally, you will be joining a chapter you visit this night. You may visit up to two chapters.
On this day, you will receive your official invitation to join a sisterhood. Each chapter will then host their own activities. Celebrations will be dependent upon each chapter’s discretion given the guidelines.
"MY SORORITY EXPERIENCE" VIDEOS
Our Southern Miss Panhellenic community is proud to be home to over 1,000 women, each with her own story, values, and background. CLICK HERE to hear a few women share how pieces of their identity have shaped their sorority experience.