How to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

Fraternity Recruitment

IFC fraternities only

Fraternity recruitment is held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. All students interested in joining a fraternity must complete the recruitment registration form in order for eligibility to be checked.

To be eligible to join a fraternity, a UVA Wise male student must be either 1) an upperclass student or second semester freshman with a 2.50 cumulative GPA or 2) a first semester freshmen with a 2.75 high school academic GPA (as determined by the Office of Admissions).

In addition to the standard recruitment periods, fraternities may offer continuous open bids (COBs) to eligible students following the end of the formal or informal recruitment period. The recruitment process is completely alcohol and substance free and allows men to visit multiple chapters over the course of a week so they can make the best decision on the fraternity that best fits their values and life. Please note that there is no guarantee that a participant will receive a bid to join a fraternity.

Sorority Recruitment

PHC sororities only

In order to join a sorority, a UVA Wise female student must be either 1) an upperclass student or second semester freshman with a 2.50 cumulative GPA or 2) a first semester freshmen with a 2.75 high school academic GPA (as determined by the Office of Admissions).

Sorority recruitment is a formal and structured process sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council (NPC) and is ran by our local chapter of NPC, the UVA Wise Panhellenic Council (PHC).  Registration is required in order to participate in PHC recruitment. The recruitment process is completely alcohol and substance free and allows women to visit multiple chapters over the course of a week so they can make the best decision on the sorority that best fits their values and life.

Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as the Sorority Meet & Greet and then have an opportunity to visit the other chapters through a series of events over the next several days. Recruitment is a mutual selection process, meaning that you must have an invested interest in a sorority and them in your possible membership. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the recruitment process. The final night of sorority recruitment is an invitation only event known as Preference Night.

During formal recruitment (held in the fall semester), potential new members rank their chapter choices and the sororities submit a preference list at the conclusion of Preference Night. To promote equity and fairness in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to pledge a maximum number of women, so a “bid matching” process is held to determine which chapter each potential new member will join. While most participants receive a bid to join their first choice sorority, that it not always the case. Nor is it guaranteed that a participant will receive a bid to join an organization.

In addition to the standard recruitment periods, sororities may offer continuous open bids (COBs) in the spring semester to eligible students if their chapter has not reached the total set by NPC and PHC. This style of recruitment is referred to as informal recruitment.

Greek Life Recruitment Registration Form
All students interested in a UVA Wise fraternity or sorority must complete this Recruitment Registration Form in order to be eligible to participate in one of two annual recruitment periods.
Greek Life Resources & Forms
Find more information and important forms for Greek Life at UVA Wise.
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