A Letter from the Executive Board
Panhellenic’s number one priority is the safety of our community, chapter members, and your safety as potential new members. In the interest of the health of our Orlando, UCF communities, and in accordance with our Recruitment Plan, we have deemed it necessary to pivot our plans from an in-person recruitment to a fully virtual recruitment.
Recruitment should be carried out in the safest way possible for our chapter women and Potential New Members. With the increase in positive cases for the Delta variant of COVID-19, we have a duty to keep each other safe and moving to a virtual platform ensures our safety.
The Panhellenic Executive Board along with Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisors have been working simultaneously on a virtual contingency plan, as recommended by the National Panhellenic Conference, so we would be prepared in the event that this transition needed to occur. While we know making this transition to virtual recruitment can be a challenge, we are confident our community will rise to this challenge and have a safer and successful Panhellenic Recruitment.
We are so excited to welcome you all into our community, and we cannot wait for your introduction to life as a Panhellenic woman. More information regarding the logistics of each round is forthcoming and will be provided to you soon.
What is Recruitment?
Panhellenic Recruitment is a mutual selection process where a potential member has the opportunity to meet with chapter members, ask a variety of questions, and learn about the 12 wonderful Panhellenic chapters on UCF’s campus.
Recruitment is a fun-filled week of activities in which sororities educate potential new members on their respective organization and share their sisterhood with potential members. These days allow you to catch a glimpse into the personalities and values of each of the 12 chapters. Each sorority has something unique to offer, and with 12 chapters, you should be able to find a group of women with whom you identify.
An updated safety and precautions plan has been voted on by all twelve Panhellenic chapters. A mask requirement has been mandated, and applies to all UCF Panhellenic Executive Board, Recruitment Team, Rho Gammas and chapter members from August 10th through August 21st. It applies to Potential New Members from August 18th to August 21st. Masks should be properly worn covering the nose, mouth, and chin. Masks should be worn at all times inside the chapter houses and in all UCF buildings on campus.Masks should be worn at all times outside on campus for PNMs. The only time masks should be removed would be in the case of eating, drinking, or a case of overheating/medical emergency. If a PNM refuses to wear a mask, accommodations will be made for them in terms of going through recruitment. Those who need accommodations will be able to attend Pan Knight Line Up and participate in Continuous Open Bidding in accordance with NPC.
Watch our video to get a deeper look into what Recruitment is like!
*Subject to change, prepare to be available all day*
Sunday, August 15th
Parents Forum Webinar Live Q & A (7:30 pm)
Sunday, August 15th
Panhellenic Knight Line Up (2:15 pm)
(Required if you will be missing day(s) of Recruitment)
PRO Orientation (5:00 pm)
Monday, August 16th: UCF Day 1 (8:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Tuesday, August 17th: UCF Day 2 (8:00 AM-4:00PM)
Wednesday, August 18th: Philanthropy Day (8:30 AM-7:30 PM)
Thursday, August 19th: Video Day (7:30 AM-8:00 PM)
Friday, August 20th: Preference Day (7:15 AM-7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 21st: Bid Day (starting at 11:00 AM)
You may have a more flexible schedule depending on when you choose to complete necessary tasks, when your parties are, and when you meet with your Rho Gammas
Day by Day Breakdown
UCF Day 1 & 2
The first round of primary recruitment where potential new members will submit videos about themselves up to a minute long. They will get the chance to meet all 12 chapters through videos as well.
Potential new members will get invited back to a maximum of 9 chapters where they will get the chance to learn about those chapters' philanthropies. Potential new members will also be shown chapter dues during this round so that they know how much each sorority costs. This will be done virtually.
Potential new members get invited back to a maximum of 6 chapters to watch chapter's Recruitment Videos during this round that showcase each chapter. This will be done virtually.
This is the most significant round. Potential new members can be invited back to a maximum of 2 chapters for this round where they will have heart-to-heart conversations about what the chapters mean to them. This will be done virtually.
Bid Day information will be released soon! As of now, it will be virtual, but is subject to change.
In order to be eligible for UCF Recruitment a potential new members must:
1. Be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full time student (12 credit hours).
2. For women going through Recruitment straight out of high school and HAVE NOT taken any college courses, their high school GPA will be considered by the sororities. You must have a minimum high school GPA of a 2.5.
3. If a woman has taken a Summer A, B, or C course, has been through at least a semester of college, or was dual-enrolled in high school, her college GPA will be considered. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 if you have taken any college credits.
4. Have not been initiated into any other Panhellenic sorority.
Registration for Fall Recruitment is currently $160. As it becomes closer to recruitment, the prices will increase, so check back on our website and social media to stay updated. This is a non-refundable one-time fee. Payments can only be made online. The last day to register will be August 16th. If you have any trouble making a payment online, please contact the Vice President of External Recruitment by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact UCF Housing at https://www.housing.ucf.edu/contact/ for information about early move in.
Letters of Recommendation
A potential new member recommendation form, or "rec", is a letter or written statement introducing you to a sorority. Recs are sent by an alumna to her sorority’s chapter. Recs are not a guarantee that you will receive a bid from that chapter. Panhellenic does not have recommendation forms available and cannot obtain them for potential new members. Alumnae may find a rec form in the sorority magazine, sorority Web site or from the headquarters of each sorority. Recs are not mandatory and are just another way for a sorority to get to know you. If you have a rec letter or plan on sending one please mail them to the mailing address of that chapter, NOT to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
We wish you the best of luck as you move closer to finding your letters at UCF. Remember, the choice is yours and this is only the beginning of an amazing journey that will have a lasting impact on your life past your college career. We look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you into the Panhellenic community!
Questions? Concerns? Missing any days of recruitment? Please reach out to our wonderful Vice President of External Recruitment, Gabi, at email@example.com
What to bring during Recruitment
We understand that this is not applicable this year, however normally you we be able to bring a purse or backpack with you during the week that you will leave under the tents when inside with chapters. We recommend not bringing an expensive bag since you are unable to bring it inside parties with you, instead you will be leaving it under tents outside of the chapters. Some useful and important items to keep handy are...
Re-useable water bottle
An extra mask, hand sanitizer
Mini make-up bag
Extra pair of comfortable shoes for walking around
Pen and small notebook
Small umbrella in case of rain delays
Small hand-held fan