The process through which Panhellenic chapters take in new members is called Membership Recruitment. Membership in a sorority is voluntary and is the result of mutual selection. For the most up-to-date information regarding recruitment, visit the Panhellenic council’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Formal Membership Recruitment is the main process by which Panhellenic chapters take in new members. At Columbia, the process takes place over 4 days during early February. There are four main events: Philanthropy Round, Development Round, Preference Night, and Bid Day. The Columbia Panhellenic Council holds Formal Membership Recruitment in the spring semester of each year.
Informal Recruitment (also known as Continuous Open Bidding) is a special process in which some chapters take in new members during the fall semester. Not all chapters hold informal recruitment each year – whether a chapter holds informal recruitment is based on a number of factors. Only women in the sophomore year or above are eligible for informal recruitment. First-semester freshmen are ineligible. Women who have been initiated into another Panhellenic sorority are not eligible to participate in recruitment.
Eligibility for Recruitment
A woman is eligible to participate in Formal Recruitment and join a sorority if she is enrolled at Columbia University as a full-time student and has completed one full academic semester of coursework. First-semester Freshmen are ineligible. The lowest GPA requirement to join a women’s fraternity at Columbia University is 2.50. Individual chapters may have their own GPA and credit hour requirements above these campus minimum requirements.
A potential new member participating in Recruitment shall not be, or ever have been, an initiated member of an NPC fraternity. Women in doubt should consult the Panhellenic Council before registering for recruitment.
A woman is ineligible for Membership Recruitment (Formal or Informal) if she has declined a Formal Membership Recruitment invitation or if she has been a new member of an NPC fraternity on the Columbia University campus within the same calendar year.