General Recruitment Information
The first step in joining a fraternity or sorority is a process of mutual selection known as recruitment. Recruitment offers you a chance to meet with a variety of Greeks on campus, and it is the first step in becoming a member of Greek Life at Case. It can be a fun and exciting time, offering you the chance to meet other undergraduate students, make new friends, and join one of the strongest forces on campus.
Fraternity recruitment lasts about two weeks and is held in both the fall and spring semesters. Through a wide variety of events held by the fraternities during these weeks, the chapters will share the meaning of their brotherhood in an attempt to get to know you. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about them. During recruitment, try to meet as many chapters as you can, and ask questions about the things that are most important to you.
Sororities engage in a formal recruitment process that occurs during the second and third weekends of the spring semester. This process is comprised of four different parties, allowing each potential new member to meet women from every chapter in order to make an informed decision. After the first weekend, the potential new members (PNMs) and the sorority women use mutual selection to determine which chapters each PNM would prefer to visit again the second weekend. Every party has some type of theme that highlights each chapter's values, philanthropy, sisterhood, ritual, etc. At the conclusion of the fourth and last recruitment party, the PNM can then preference her choice of chapter. Bids are given out in the Greek Life Office the next day.
Sororities that are under total capacity of members can engage in Continuous Open Bidding, or informal recruitment. During this process, chapters may invite any woman that is not currently a freshman and is not bound to another chapter (i.e. received a bid after Formal Recruitment but did not join) to attend planned events. After a succession of events, chapter members may elect to extend that woman a bid without repeating the formal recruitment process.
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Greek Life Fact Sheet & Myths Dispelled
Find out what the Case Greek community is all about and what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority at Case. Learn more about the time commitment, the costs, and how Greek membership affects your involvement with other people and in other organizations. We also provide information on the popular misconceptions and responses from the Office of Greek Life.
Parents are an important part of this process. Encourage your parents to check out our resources for parents and browse through the articles listed there. Please contact the Greek Life staff if you have additional questions and comments.