Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my registration was received?

Once you submit your registration, you'll receive a confirmation email. If you don't receive the email, or if you have any questions, please email Emma at If you'd like to make changes to your registration after you've submitted it, please email them directly to Emma rather than re-submitting another application.

Is there a fee to participate in recruitment? Why?

All PNMs participating in formal recruitment are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $80 if registered before July 1st, $90 if registered between July 1st and 31st, $95 if registered between August 1st and 31st, and $100 if registered September 1st or later. This fee goes toward facility rentals and providing PNMs with a Round 1 shirt, well-trained Rho Gammas, and an overall safe and healthy recruitment experience.

What is the time commitment for the week of formal recruitment?

Recruitment activities begin with mandatory PNM Orientation on Monday, September 23rd in Royce Hall, and end with Bid Day on Sunday, September 29th.

PNMs should budget extra time at the beginning and end of each day for check-in, preferencing, and meeting with their Rho Gammas.

Monday: Mandatory PNM Orientation. PNMs will have the option afterward to attend Bruin Bash or other programming with their Rho Gammas.

Tuesday: Round 1 events will begin at 8:30am and conclude by 10pm.

Wednesday: Round 2 events will begin at 10am and conclude by 8:30pm.

Thursday: Round 3 events will begin at 6pm and conclude by 10:30pm.

Friday: The remaining Round 3 events will begin at 5pm and conclude by 10:30pm.

Saturday: Preference Round events will begin at 2pm and conclude by 6:45pm.

Sunday: Bid day will begin at 12pm and conclude by 5pm.


Will I have time for sorority membership alongside school and work?

Yes! One of the most valuable skills sorority membership will teach you is time management. Scholarship is one of the Panhellenic Council's core values, and as such, our chapters provide a variety of academic resources. Chapters encourage campus involvement, and sisters are often a great way to join clubs, find internships, and snag on-campus jobs.

How do sorority dues work for new and initiated members?

Financial obligations vary from chapter to chapter, but typically, a new (uninitiated) member's dues will be highest during her first quarter or first year in her chapter, as there are often one-time ritual fees, national dues, and the like charged in that period. Afterward, dues will change based on if a member lives in her chapter's house, if it has one, or if she lives elsewhere. If a member lives in her chapter's house, her dues will usually include rent and meals. 

In general, dues typically include some meals at the chapter house, if applicable; contributions for event planning (from social to sisterhood to philanthropy); professional and personal development workshops hosted by the chapter; and often more - because chapter finances vary, we strongly encourage PNMs to ask active members about finances during recruitment!  More specific information will also be provided by Panhellenic during recruitment.

Do I need recommendations?

Recommendations are NOT required for the recruitment process at UCLA! 

A recommendation is a letter written about a potential new member by an alumna or active member of a sorority, depending on each chapter's rules. This letter introduces a PNM to active chapter members and tells them more about her personality, involvement, and character. You may wish to reach out to family and friends who are members of sororities and ask them if they are willing to write a recommendation for you, but this is by no means required to go through the recruitment process at UCLA. Each chapter has its own procedures for submitting recommendations, and they should be submitted directly to chapters based on their policies, which can usually be found on their chapter or inter/national websites. To emphasize, recommendations can be helpful for PNMs, but it will not hurt you if you don't have any!

What are the benefits of sorority membership?

The list is seemingly endless. Members gain a sense of belonging on campus, a support system away from home, leadership skills, preparation for their future, confidence, self-knowledge, and personal development - not to mention a lifetime of sisterhood!

What if I have to miss part of recruitment?

Just let us know! Shoot us an email at, or make note of it when you register for recruitment. We will work with PNMs and their schedules for class conflicts, religious holidays, university athletic conflicts, and, at the recruitment team's discretion, "once-in-a-lifetimes" (family weddings, etc.) 

When do I need to be moved in by in order to participate in formal recruitment?

Monday at noon at the latest. Our mandatory PNM orientation will take place Monday, September 23rd, and the first round of recruitment will begin promptly at 8:30am on Tuesday morning! It's important to budget extra time each day before and after recruitment activities for things like check-in and meeting with your Rho Gamma. For clarification, PNMs live in their normal place of residence throughout the formal recruitment process.

Am I eligible to participate in recruitment?

I'm an international student: yes!

I identify as LGBTQ+: if you identify as female, yes!

I'm a nontraditional undergraduate student: if you're a regularly matriculated undergraduate student granted full-time status, yes!

I'm a UCLA Extension or graduate student: sorry, no - only women or female-identifying students who are regularly matriculated undergraduate students granted full-time status at UCLA are eligible.

What should I wear during recruitment?

Great question! Take a peek at our What to Wear page.

When does registration for recruitment close?

Monday, September 23rd at 2pm!

Did we miss something? Got more questions? Let us know! Email Emma at with recruitment-related questions and Maya at for anything else!

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