Why do some schools hold formal recruitment in the fall, while others require that their freshmen wait until spring semester?

The answer? Usually a mix of tradition and university policy. Not to worry though – there are pros of each. (We’re not going to address cons, because you’re in good hands and you’re going to make great friends either way – promise!)

Some PNMs are thrilled to enjoy all the amazing things that come with sisterhood (the friendships, the neon t-shirts, and those little Greek alphabet letters in their Instagram posts) immediately when college begins.

Plenty of other incoming freshmen prefer to have the semester to settle in, focus on classes, and to cultivate friendships with a few sororities before they make the four-year commitment.

Sometimes it’s tough to find the dates and schedules for your school’s sorority recruitment week if the main Panhellenic sites have old or outdated info.  Sometimes you want to keep track of a few schools at a time since you’re unsure which college you’re going to end up selecting.

Either way – we’ve compiled a helpful list below so you can spend less time searching. Here you go!

Sorority Recruitment Guide – Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Recruitment Schedules, by University

Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Sorority Recruitment Dates and Schedules, by University

Schools Participating in Spring Recruitment 2019 (aka – Deferred Sorority Recruitment):

  • Baylor University – Recruitment begins with a mandatory PNM orientation on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 3 PM in Waco Hall. Open House parties begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8 am.
  • Cornell University – Recruitment commences on January 15, 2019, with New Member Education from 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM. There are also several required online pre-recruitment trainings. Register for them here.
  • Denison University – 2019 recruitments dates have not yet been released.
  • DePauw University – (Fun fact: Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) and Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) were both founded here.) Rush schedule will be posted here in October, according to their Panhellenic association.
  • Duke University – Duke’s sorority recruitment begins on January 11, 2019.
  • Emory University – Recruitment week begins January 13, 2019.
  • Furman – Haven’t yet released 2019 spring recruitment schedule. Check back here.
  • Georgetown College – Recruitment dates are not yet available.
  • George Washington University – Spring formal recruitment runs from Jan. 17, 2019 – Jan. 23, 2019.
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) – PNMs must attend a mandatory orientation session on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 7 pm. Open Invite (aka day 1, round 1 of formal recruitment) takes place January 3rd, 2019.
  • Lehigh University –  Spring recruitment dates not yet posted Read up on more recruitment info here.
  • Marquette University – Their Panhellenic organization recommends potential new members follow their Facebook page for updates on pre-recruitment events and recruitment info. First recruitment info session of the semester is October 21st at 6 pm in WHER CHEM 100. Follow it here.
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) – Recruitment begins on January 31, 2019. The deadline to register is January 3, 2019, at 5 pm.
  • Ohio State –  A recruitment orientation will be held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom from 7-8pm. Read more and register for recruitment here.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – Spring recruitment runs from January 18-20, 2019.
  • Southern Methodist University (SMU)  – Click the link to view our SMU sorority recruitment page. Formal recruitment begins on January 14, 2019, and includes several mandatory orientation sessions during the fall. There is also a mandatory meeting the day beforehand on January 13, 2019.
  • Southwestern University – Registration for recruitment 2019 will be open from October 19, 2018, through Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 5 pm CST. Southwestern posts all it’s recruitment updates and info on pre-recruitment events on it’s Facebook group, Panhellenic Patty more than it updates its Panhellenic website.
  • Syracuse University – Get all the recruitment details here.
  • Tulane University – Rush runs from January 8-13, 2019.
  • University of Dayton – Spring 2019 recruitment period takes place Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Sunday, February 3, 2019.
  • University of Richmond – Recruitment dates not yet posted. Monitor this link for updates.
  • University of Virginia (UVA) – Read our UVA-specific recruitment tips page here. Formal recruitment begins with a mandatory PNM orientation session on January 7th, 2019. Round Robins begin on January 8th. Register for rush here.
  • Valparaiso – Sorority recruitment runs from January 7 – January 13, 2019.
  • Vanderbilt – Spring 2019 recruitment kicks off with a mandatory pre-recruitment meeting on January 4, 2019. Recruitment rounds begin on January 5, 2019.
  • Villanova University – The Panhellenic Recruitment Kickoff takes place on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 7 PM to 9 PM in Villanova Room. ***Heads up: there are a bunch of pre-recruitment events PNMs are required to attend for recruitment registration eligibility. View the list here under the Panhellenic Council section.
  • Wake Forest University – Sorority recruitment begins with a required Welcome Meeting in Brendle Auditorium on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Day 1 of recruitment parties begins Wednesday, January 9th.
  • Washington and Lee – Formal sorority recruitment parties officially kickoff with Open House Night on Friday, January 4th, 2019.  (Be sure and attend all of the information sessions held beforehand!)
  • Washington University – Mandatory Meeting for PNMs who registered for formal recruitment is on Sunday, December 9th. Move-in is Tuesday, January 8th by 5 pm. Recruitment begins Wednesday, January 9th and goes through Saturday, January 12th. Unity Day (bid day) is Sunday, January 13th. Register here.

Schools with Formal Sorority Recruitment during the Fall 2019 Semester:

*Lists reflects formal sorority recruitment opportunities for incoming freshmen.

Be sure to bookmark this page! Recruitment dates for fall 2019 will be added and updated as the colleges post the information. This list was last updated on 10/29/18.

  • The University of Texas at Austin (UT) – Read our famous post on preparing for sorority recruitment at the University of Texas here. Fall 2019 recruitment dates have not yet been posted.
  • Texas A&M – Recruitment schedule isn’t live yet. Read our A&M sorority recruitment guide in the meantime!
  • Texas Tech – Rush dates for 2019 not yet released. View the 2018 recruitment schedule here.
  • Auburn University – 2019 Recruitment dates not yet available. See last year’s recruitment schedule here.
  • Clemson
  • College of Charleston
  • Dartmouth University
  • Florida State University (FSU)
  • Georgetown University – 2019 dates not yet released; info here.
  • Kansas State University –
  • Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • Oklahoma State University – 2019 recruitment schedule is not yet posted. Check back here.
  • Penn State University
  • San Diego State University (SDSU) – 2019 fall recruitment dates not yet available. More info here.
  • Saint Lawrence University –
  • Stanford University
  • University of Alabama (‘Bama)
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arizona – Dates for recruitment 2019 are not posted yet. More info here.
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Georgia (UGA)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • University of Miami – Bookmark this page for fall 2019 recruitment dates.
  • University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
  • University of Missouri (Mizzou)
  • University of Oklahoma (OKC)
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Davidson – **Davidson does things a little differently and doesn’t have sororities in the traditional sense, per se.

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