Panhellenic Recruitment

2016 - 2017 Panhellenic Recruitment

Thank you for visiting the Panhellenic Recruitment website. If you are interested in joining a Panhellenic organization at Villanova, please stop by Fraternity and Sorority Life in Corr Hall or contact Brooke Goodman, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, with any questions.

Fall 2016 Panhellenic Recruitment is informal and available to upperclassmen in September and October. Look out for more information about chapters that are participating, as well as specific event details.

The Spring 2017 formal Panhellenic Recruitment process will be held January 11 - January 16, 2017. This is the first time that first year students are eligible to participate in this process. Students will have access to their on-campus housing beginning the morning of Wednesday, January 11th if they have completed recruitment registration and paid the Panhellenic Recruitment registration fee.

Registering for Panhellenic Recruitment

Panhellenic Recruitment registration is online and will open Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. and close Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. The fee for Panhellenic Recruitment is $125, which covers housing, meals, a t-shirt, and university staff costs during the week of recruitment. On Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room, potential new members must attend the Panhellenic Information & Meet Your Rho Gamma Night. At this meeting, Potential New Members will meet their recruitment counselors, review the recruitment schedule, and receive important information about logistics, what to bring, and what to expect during the week of recruitment.

Before you complete the online recruitment registration, please make sure you are prepared to answer questions about your legacy status (i.e. family members’ sorority affiliations), recruitment history, emergency contact information, and college and high school involvement. You will not be able to make changes once you submit the form.

Please Note: Should you find that you are unable to participate in recruitment after registering, you will only be eligible for a refund of $125 if you do not achieve the required cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the conclusion of the Fall 2016 semester OR if you inform the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (by emailing Brooke Goodman, the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at that you wish to withdraw NO LATER THAN Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2017. Should you be eligible for a refund, it is not guaranteed that it will be processed before February 1, 2017.


Panhellenic Recruitment Overview

Spring 2017 Formal Panhellenic Recruitment will take place from Wednesday, January 11 to Monday, January 16. Students move in to their residence halls before the Spring semester begins to participate in the four-day recruitment process. Throughout recruitment, students hoping to join sororities are referred to as Potential New Members, or, PNMs. Each PNM will be assigned to a Recruitment Guide (Rho Gamma), who will serve as a guide and personal support system throughout the week. These upperclassmen sorority members disaffiliate from their individual organizations to serve as unbiased guides and resources for the PNMs. Panhellenic Recruitment is a mutual selection process. To learn more about the mutual selection process, please click here.

Students interested in participating in the Spring 2017 Panhellenic Formal Recruitment process should add the following important events to their calendars for the Fall semester:

  • Panhellenic Sorority Myths Debunked - Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Connelly Cinema
  • Panhellenic Mock Recruitment - Monday, Nov. 14, Tuesday, Nov. 15, Thursday, Nov. 17 in East Lounge and West Lounge
  • Panhellenic Information & Meet Your Rho Gamma Night - Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room

Note: Recruitment and/or intake for National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), and National Asian/Pacific Islander Panhellenic Association (NAPA) fraternities and sororities is conducted separately by the individual organizations. More information on these organizations can be found on their websites, located under the Fraternities & Sororities tab, or by stopping in to Corr Hall to chat with members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff.



To be eligible to participate in the Panhellenic Recruitment process, one must have completed at least the first semester of freshmen year and achieved an overall cumulative GPA of no less than 2.75. Although this is the minimum GPA required to participate in recruitment (set forth by the Office of Student Involvement), it does not guarantee membership, as many chapters maintain their own GPA requirements that are higher than the Office of Student Involvement's requirement of 2.75.

Individuals must also be in good disciplinary standing with the university. Students who are not in good standing with the university will not be eligible for the recruitment process. 

Please Note: Those that register to participate in the Spring 2017 Recruitment process but do not achieve the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 (and thus are ineligible to participate in recruitment) at the conclusion of the Fall 2016 semester will be eligible for a refund of the $125 Panhellenic Recruitment registration fee. 


Recruitment Recommendations and Information Packets

When Potential New Members (PNMs) register online for Panhellenic Recruitment, they are able to provide as much information as they would like about prior extracurricular activities, academics, and other achievements. All Villanova chapters will be able to review this information.

PNMs and outside friends or family are able to submit additional recommendation letters to chapters prior to recruitment. Although this is the case, a very small percentage of women at Villanova submit these forms/letters. These letters typically apply to students with a legacy alumna connection to the organization. Recommendations are not requiredsome chapters may consider them, while others do not.

If you would like to submit a recommendation please address it to:

Villanova University - Fraternity and Sorority Life
Attn: (Ex. Alpha Alpha Alpha Recruitment Chair)
800 E Lancaster Ave - Corr Hall
Villanova, PA 19085


Why Should You Join?

Most students become involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life because it provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, service, improved academic resources, community, and lifelong friendships. Becoming involved in the Villanova Fraternity and Sorority community is a positive experience that expands a Villanova student’s horizons and enables them to be involved in many facets of university life.

At Villanova, you will be faced with many great opportunities, and with that comes many, sometimes difficult, decisions. Making the decision to go through sorority recruitment can offer you the chance to meet and find a community of people who share your interests and values.

Fraternities and sororities can help you find your niche on campus, be your home away from home, offer resources to help you achieve academic goals, provide a network of connections during college and as an alumna, and give you a group of friends that will cheer you on when you're successful, and who will support you when the going gets tough.

Please note the Hazing Policy:
Hazing, in any form, is strictly prohibited by Villanova University, the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural Greek Councils, and the local and inter/national offices of each recognized organization. New and active members should not tolerate such behavior, as it does not promote relationship-building and trust, and rather serves to break down morale and the notion of community upon which Villanova University was founded.