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Sorority Recruitment

Find a family away from home and lifelong friendships through sorority recruitment for 13 National Panhellenic Council (NPC) organizations.

Fall 2017 Sorority Recruitment Overview

  • August 16: Mandatory Orientation at 5 p.m.
  • August 17-18: Round 1 (Go Greek/Sorority 101)
  • August 19-20: Round 2 (Philanthropy)
  • August 22-23: Round 3 (Leading Women)
  • August 26: Round 4 (Preference)
  • August 27: Bid Day


Sorority Recruitment

Fall 2017 Recruitment Dates
Date Event
Mon., August 7 Greek Village Opens for Sororities
Wed., August 16 Early Move-In
Thurs., August 17 Round 1, Day 1
Fri., August 18 Round 1, Day 2
Sat., August 19 Round 2, Day 1
Sun., August 20 Round 2, Day 2
Mon., August 21 Solar Eclipse - No Recruitment Activities 
Tues., August 22 Greek Village Opens for Fraternities
Tues., August 22 Round 3, Day 1
Wed., August 32 Round 3, Day 2
Sat., August 26 Preference 
Sun., August 27 Bid Day




In order to guarantee on-campus housing, you must register by August 1 so that University Housing has adequate time to prepare you room. Should you choose to register after August 1, we are unable to guarantee that your room will be ready and therefore you must be able to find alternative housing accommodations until university move-in on Aug. 22.


Early Registration (May 1 - May 31 at 5 p.m.) - $150
Regular Registration (June 1 - June 31 at 5 p.m.) - $175
Late Registration (July 1 - Aug. 1 at 4 p.m.) - $200

*Includes two t-shirts, backpack, lunches between rounds, a few dinners

You Will Need:

  • General Resume Information (GPA, activities, community service, etc).
  • Guardian Contact Information (for emergency contact and family orientation).
  • Legacy Information (names, chapters and schools for family members who have been in sororities).
  • A way to pay electronically.
Letters of Recommendation

Send your letters of recommendation at least two weeks before recruitment begins so the chapter has time to look over your information.

Visit the chapter's national site to download recommendation forms.
List of Sororities »

Mail Letter To:
Attention: (Chapter Name)
RHUU Suite 115
1400 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Many organizations also accept online letters of recommendation.

Early Move-In

Early move-in is Wednesday, August 16 for women participating in formal recruitment.

  • You will move into your assigned on-campus housing room.
  • You will receive an assigned move-in time and a unique move-in packet which will contain a special sticker that will allow you to move in early. 
  • You do not need to contact University Housing to set up early move-in, as it will be set up for you once you register for recruitment.
  • Please direct all questions regarding housing to University Housing at 803-777-4283.


An early move-in fee of $80 ($20 per night) will be charged to your USC bill.


You will not be allowed to move in if the university hasn't received your immunization record.

Students Living Off-Campus

You will need to make your own arrangements and coordinate your early move-in with your landlord or leasing company. The university does not make arrangements for students living off-campus.

Time Commitment

You should be prepared to be occupied from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day during the recruitment process. Your schedule will be unique to you.

Schedule Conflicts

Conflicts can be excused, but schedules can't be changed except for academic commitments or emergencies.

Speak with your "Pi Chi" recruitment counselor or contact Recruitment Staff at

GPA Requirements

There is no specific GPA required to participate in recruitment, but each sorority chapter has its own GPA requirements.

If your GPA is below a 3.0, you may be considered a "grade risk" and get fewer invitiations during recruitment than those with higher GPAs.

Special Accommodations

If you have a diagnosed disability or medical condition that warrants or requires special accommodations, you must register with the Student Disability Resource Center

Please contact 803-777-3845 if you have questions about special accommodations during sorority recruitment.

Mutual Selection

Both potential members and the sorority chapter make a mutual choice about membership.

How do chapters make membership decisions?

  • Your academic, leadership and community service accomplishments.
  • Conversations you have with their members during events.
  • Sorority membership requirements.
  • The chapter's founding values.
Participating Sororities

If you are looking to join a different group, we would encourage you to review the membership intake process for our NPHC and multicultural organizations. If you have any questions, call 803-777-3506 or email us at