Frequently Asked Questions

In light of COVID-19, there are numerous changes that must be made to the way in which formal recruitment is conducted in the fall. The recruitment team is working hard to figure out how to provide the best possible recruitment process given the current circumstances. As a result, there are questions that we don’t fully have the answers to yet. That being said, we will do our best to answer any questions that you may have and we will continually provide updates with information pertaining to recruitment!

Will I still be able to participate in recruitment if I wont be in LA in the fall?

Absolutely! Formal recruitment will be taking place entirely virtually for fall 2020. Regardless of where you will be living in the fall and beyond, you will have the opportunity to find your home in UCLA Panhellenic.

Is there a fee to participate in recruitment? Why?

All PNMs participating in formal recruitment are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $15. Registration ends September 28th at 12pm. This fee goes towards online platforms, used to hold recruitment, and Campus Director, used to organize recruitment registration and to facilitate the mutual selection process. However, if the fee is a concern for you, please reach out to Ryley at recruitment.pan.ucla@gmail.com as we want to make recruitment as accessible as possible to all women.

What will the format of virtual recruitment look like?

Please note that this is a tentative schedule for virtual recruitment in the fall: 

Monday, September 28th: PNMs will watch videos from each chapter with their Rho Gamma groups. Prior to this, PNMs will have recorded their own videos for each chapter to watch via Spark Hire (more information on this to come). This will serve as Round 1 of recruitment!

Tuesday, September 29th: Round 2 virtual events will begin at 10am PST and conclude by 2pm PST.

Wednesday, September 30th: The remaining Round 2 virtual events will begin at 1pm PST and conclude by 5pm PST.

Thursday, October 1st: Round 3 virtual events will begin at 5pm PST and conclude by 8:30pm PST.

Friday, October 2nd: The remaining Round 3 virtual events will begin at 4pm PST and conclude by 7:30pm PST.

Sunday, October 4th: Preference Round virtual events will begin at 8am PST and conclude by 12:15pm PST. 

Bid Day will take place later that afternoon. Details TBD!

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 Ryley at recruitment.pan.ucla@gmail.com. If you'd like to make changes to your registration after you've submitted it, please email them directly to Ryley rather than re-submitting another application.

What if I have to miss part of recruitment?

Just let us know! Shoot us an email at recruitment.pan.ucla@gmail.com, 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.) 

What should I wear during recruitment?

As formal recruitment will be a virtual experience this fall, we are not recommending a dress code to potential new members. Feel free to wear what you feel most comfortable in and what best expresses who you are!

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!  Also, feel free to check out the Chapter Financial Information page on the website.

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. 

What are the benefits of sorority membership?

The list is seemingly endless. Members gain a sense of belonging on campus, a support system, leadership skills, preparation for their future, confidence, self-knowledge, and personal development - not to mention a lifetime of sisterhood! Especially during these unusual and difficult times, being part of an uplifting community of women is more meaningful than ever. 

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.

When does registration for recruitment close?

Monday, September 28th at 12pm!

Did we miss something? Got more questions? Let us know! Email Ryley at recruitment.pan.ucla@gmail.com with recruitment-related questions and Sarah at president.pan.ucla@gmail.com for anything else!

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