Future Members

Participating in the recruitment or intake process can feel daunting. Please use the resources below to learn more about what to expect, questions to ask, things to consider, and other tips surrounding joining the fraternity and sorority community.

What are fraternities and sororities?

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. For hundreds of years, fraternities and sororities have brought college students together under a common purpose. In 1776, the first fraternity was founded, and many fraternal organizations for men were founded thereafter. As women were admitted into higher education, women created separate organizations to provide similar experiences. Black Greek Letter Organizations emerged in the early 1900s. In the decades that followed, organizations with a cultural or multicultural focus began to emerge.

What makes fraternities and sororities different from other student organizations?

There are many similarities between fraternities and sororities and student organizations, however, there are two aspects of the experiences in fraternities and sororities that distinguish them from other student organizations. First, fraternities and sororities are founded on a set of values, making them values-based organizations. The values of each organization provide a common experience for all members of the same organization. This means, students that join a chapter at UW-Madison will have instant connections with members of that organization, around the country and the globe. Additionally, these values guide their members as they navigate their lives. Secondly, membership in a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment. Once initiated into an organization, students become members and are expected to maintain involvement for the rest of their lives – this can look different for different individuals ranging from paying dues, to serving as a chapter advisor, to continuing to support their philanthropic endeavor.

What are the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority?

Students that join fraternities are afforded many benefits. Fraternities and sororities provide opportunities for leadership and personal development, academic support and recognition, close bonds with peers, a close-knit community on a large campus, and ways to give back to the campus and Madison community through service and philanthropic endeavors.

When exploring membership in a fraternity or sorority, it is important to explore a variety of things to ultimately find the right fit for you. Here are some examples of things to think about:

  • Types of organizations (cultural, academic/professional, religious, etc.)
  • National organization, mission, purpose, and values
  • Expectations of members
  • Chapter size
  • Cost
  • Housing options
  • Chapter recognition status

To learn about our organizations, we recommend seeking information around the following topics. You can do this by asking questions, exploring websites and social media, or attending interest meetings.


  • How does the chapter support academic achievement?
  • Are there academic requirements for membership?
  • What resources are available to support academic success?


  • What kinds of activities do you enjoy with your brothers/sisters/siblings?
  • How often does the chapter host brotherhood/sisterhood/siblinghood events?


  • What leadership opportunities exist within the chapter?
  • What education and development programming does the chapter implement?

Service & Philanthropy

  • How does the chapter engage with service and philanthropy?
  • What organizations does the chapter support?
  • What types of events does the chapter plan for fundraising and raising awareness?

Take time to learn about multiple organizations – don’t limit yourself before you’ve explored all of the options.

Ignore stereotypes and misconceptions.

Ask questions! This is the time to ensure all of your questions are answered before choosing an organization that best fits your needs.

Trust your gut – you will likely know which organization is the best fit for you.

Ask for help! Our staff and council leaders are here to support you as you navigate these processes, feel free to reach out with questions or to talk about your options.

Panhellenic Primary Recruitment Resources

First Round

This is the most casual round – feel free to wear comfortable clothes. In the past, women have worn outfits such as shorts and a cute t-shirt, casual dresses or skirts, or jeans and a tank top with sandals.

Second Round

On this day, it’s encouraged that women wear a sundress or outfit suitable for an afternoon tea. Many women choose to wear comfortable sandals or wedges.

Third Round

For the third round, we recommend you continue to wear something similar to what you wore during Round Two. Some women choose to wear a fancier element – shoes, dress, etc., but you do not need to be in semi-formal attire.  

Preference Rounds

Preference is the most formal event of Recruitment. Chapter members will be wearing more formal dresses. You’re encouraged to wear a semi-formal dress. Most women wear comfortable wedges, heels, or sandals with their dresses.

Bid Day

Wear your favorite shorts/skirt and comfortable shoes, and get ready to head to your new home with your new sisters! You will likely get a Bid Day t-shirt from your new chapter, so dress in a way that allows you to change or add something over your outfit.

How much of a time commitment is joining a sorority?

As a new member, your requirements will likely include weekly meetings, sisterhoods, community service projects, and other social events. Most sorority women find plenty of time to balance Fraternity & Sorority Life with their studies, jobs, and other student organizations.

Do Sorority women have friends in other sororities and outside of Fraternity & Sorority Life?

Yes! Joining a sorority does not mean that you have to lose the group of friends that you already hang out with. Many sorority women would agree that some of their best friends are in different chapters from their own or not in Fraternity & Sorority Life at all! Chapters encourage their members to be active on campus in areas outside of Fraternity & Sorority Life, such as intramurals, student government, service organizations, and more.

What if I have a class and have to miss a Recruitment event?

Complete the conflict form you received from Panhellenic to submit your conflicts. We will do our best to adjust your recruitment schedule. 

Should I still go through Recruitment if I’m unsure whether Fraternity & Sorority Life is for me or if I’m unsure that I can even afford to pay for membership?

Recruitment is the perfect opportunity for you to explore the Fraternity & Sorority Life Community and see how it could enhance your college experience. It’s a chance for you to decide if being in a sorority is worth the financial investment. We encourage you to participate in Recruitment even if you’re a bit unsure. Talk to the chapters you visit about payment plans and scholarships they offer. 

Will I have to live in my sorority’s house?

During Rounds, ask each chapter you visit if they have a live-in requirement. Chapters have different policies regarding if and when their members will live in the chapter house.

Outside of Recruitment events, can I talk to sorority women?

In order to ensure that you and all other Potential New Members have a fair and pressure-free Recruitment process, we have asked all sorority women to refrain from contacting you outside of Recruitment events. We ask that you respect this rule as well and refrain from having any outside interactions with the women you meet during Recruitment Rounds until after the Recruitment process is over.

Many NPC organizations have removed legacy status as a component of the primary recruitment process. Recommendations are not required for either of the recruitment opportunities on our campus. If you are interested in submitting a recommendation to one of our chapters, you can find contact information here.

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Epsilon Phi

Alpha Phi

Alpha Xi Delta

Chi Omega

Delta Delta Delta

Delta Gamma

Gamma Phi Beta

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Pi Beta Phi

Sigma Delta Tau

Zeta Tau Alpha

Below you will find information about cost for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.

2022 – 2023 Primary Recruitment Financial Information


Past Primary Recruitment Financial Information

2021 – 2022 Primary Recruitment Financial Information