Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

Panhellenic Recruitment 2015-2016

Thank you for visiting the Panhellenic Recruitment website.  If you are interested in joining a sorority here at Villanova, please stop by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in Corr Hall or contact Jessi McPherrin, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, with any questions.

Fall 2015 Panhellenic Recruitment is informal and available to upper classman in September and October. Look out for more information about chapters that are participating and event details.

The Spring 2016 Formal Panhellenic Recruitment process will be held January 6 - January 10, 2016. This is the first time that first-year students are eligible to participate.  Students will have access to their on-campus housing starting the morning of Wednesday, January 6th, if they have completed the recruitment registration and paid the Panhellenic sorority recruitment fee. Our formal kickoff will be at 6:30 pm,  January 6th in Donahue Dining Hall, South Campus.

Registering for Panhellenic Recruitment

Panhellenic Recruitment Registration is online and opens October 13th at 6:00 pm and remains open until November 14th. Potential New Members will learn more about the registration process at the Information Night on Monday, November 23rd. The fee for Panhellenic Recruitment is $140.  This covers all meals, housing, a T-shirt, and University staff support during the recruitment week.  

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


Panhellenic Recruitment Overview

Formal Panhellenic recruitment takes place the week before classes start in January. Women move-in to their residence halls early to participate in the 4-day recruitment process. Throughout recruitment, women who are hoping to join sororities are referred to as Potential New Members or PNMs. Each PNM will be assigned a Rho Gamma or Recruitment Counselor to guide her through the week.  These upper class sorority members disaffiliate from their individual chapters to serve as an unbiased guide and resource for the PNMs. Recruitment for sororities at Villanova is a mutual selection process.  To learn more about the mutual selection process, please click here.

Note: Recruitment for National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), and National Asian/Pacific Islander Panhellenic Association (NAPA) sororities is conducted separately by the individual organizations. More information on these sororities can be found on their websites, located under the Fraternities & Sororities tab.



In order to be eligible to participate in a Panhellenic Sorority recruitment process, one must have completed at least the first semester of freshmen year and achieved an overall GPA of no less than 2.5. Please note that high GPAs are a large membership requirement for many of our Panhellenic organizations. Having a 2.5 GPA or higher does not guarantee membership in a Panhellenic chapter.

Individuals must also be in good disciplinary standing with the University. Those students who are not in good standing with the University will be ineligible for the recruitment process. 


Recruitment Recommendations and Information Packets

When Potential New Members (PNMs) register online for Panhellenic recruitment they are able to include as much information as they would like about their prior involvement, 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 sorority chapters prior to recruitment. However, a very small percentage of women at Villanova submit forms. Usually these letters apply to those women with a legacy or alumni connection to the organization. Recommendations are not required and some chapters may take them into consideration 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
Villanova, PA 19085

Letters must be received by December 11th, 2015. 


Why should you join?

Most students get involved in Greek Life because it provides them with opportunities for leadership, service, improved scholastic resources and lifelong friendships. Getting 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.

Greek organizations can help you find your niche on campus, be your home away from home, offer resources to help you achieve your academic goals, provide a network of connections both during college and as an alumna, let you play on that winning intramural team, 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 and Panhellenic Councils, and the local and national offices of each recognized fraternity. New members should not tolerate such behavior as it does not promote friendship and trust but rather serves to break down moral and the notion of community upon which Villanova University was founded.