Frequently Asked Questions
What is a PNM?
Also known as a potential new member. Any second semester high school senior or undergraduate woman at Texas Tech University who has not joined a sorority.
What is a legacy?
A woman who has family members who are alumnae of a Panhellenic organization. Every chapter has different standards on how they classify legacies.
Do chapters have to take legacies?
Being a legacy to an organization does not mean it will be the right fit for you. However, a chapter may give their legacies extra consideration throughout the recruitment process. Being a legacy does not guarantee you a bid to membership.
Does being a legacy to Chapter A hurt your chances of receiving a Bid or invitations to Chapter B?
While chapters do have the ability to see all legacy information of a PNM, it does not hurt the PNMs chances of getting into a different chapter.
How much are dues?
Dues vary from chapter-to-chapter, but range from $1,000-$1,650 for your new member semester and $700-$1,100 for your active member semesters.
Do chapters offer payment plans?
Yes, all chapters offer some form of payment plans. It is your responsibility to reach out to the chapters if you need to set up a payment plan once you join. Some chapters also offer scholarships for high academic achievements.
When is the best time to talk about chapter financial agreements?
The best time to bring up chapter dues is during Period III. It is perfectly acceptable to ask about the financial commitment of a chapter during recruitment week.
What is the GPA requirement for Panhellenic?
Every chapter has a different GPA standard. For most chapters, it is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. We do not recommend going through recruitment with a GPA below 2.75.
What does mutual selection look like for PNMs?
After you have visited every chapter on your invitation list, you will meet with a recruitment counselor to enter your personal selections from Period I through Preference Night. Selections are a cluster and rank of the sororities you attended that day in order of your preference at you last chapter lodge or the Panhellenic Tent on Greek Circle. This will help us match you to the list of women the sororities invite to their events the following day.
What is mutual selection on the chapter side?
Sororities make their choices based on academic, leadership, and community service accomplishments listed in your registration materials and on the conversations you had with their members during the recruitment events you attend. The sorority women also look for PNMs that appear to uphold and value their sorority’s membership requirements and founding values. At the end of each day, the sorority will approve the women receiving invitations for the following day.
How will I know my Username and Password?
We will include your username and password information on or inside your PNM packet. You will use this to login to the PNM Companion where you will enter your selections. We will go over more about the app at Kick-Off.
Is the PNM Companion App compatible with all smartphones?
No, the app is only compatible on Apple and Android devices. If you have another type of phone or your phone has died, please make selections at the Panhellenic Tent.
When/How will I make selections?
Selections will be made on Greek Circle except during Preference Night (where they will be made at the Student Union Building). Once you have finished all events for the day, you will find a rho gamma or exec member to input your selections on the app or a computer. They will verify that you are done with events for the day, confirm you selections, and enter a PIN to submit your selections into our system.
What is Panhellenic 101?
In an effort to respect your time and energy this week, we have structured our first round (Period I) to allow you to visit all sorority chapters in one day. However, this process takes two days to complete with the number of participants we have. This creates a “day off” for you as the other half of the participants are completing Period I. On your day off, you will attend a mandatory education program, Panhellenic 101, to assist in your successful transition to sorority life at Texas Tech. Monday events will be held in the afternoon while Tuesday events will be held in the morning. Pay close attention to times. We also encourage you to take care of any school related and personal errands. Groups 1-12 will attend recruitment events on Greek Circle on Monday; groups 13-24 will attend recruitment events on Tuesday.
Packing for Greek Circle
What to bring?
Items to pack along with you include: Student ID, Change of Shoes, Water Bottle, Hair Brush, Umbrella/Poncho, Towel to Sit On, Mints, Medication, Perfume/Body Spray, Deodorant, Lip Gloss/Chapstick, Insurance Card, Small Mirror, Snacks, Portable Charger.
Conversations are light. Talking about yourself, what you did over the summer, and what you value in life are good conversation topics.
Conversations should focus around a chapters community service and philanthropic events. They should also still be trying to get to know you better.
Conversations will be focused around that chapters sisterhood, and what they do together to strengthen their bond. This is a good day to see if their values align with yours and to ask about the financial/time commitment.
This night should have more serious topics in nature. You will likely only be talking to one woman the whole event and participate in a ceremony of some sorts. Refreshments will be provided in the chapter lodges.
What are recruitment counselors or “Rho Gammas”?
A Recruitment Counselor often referred to as a Rho Gamma is dedicated to assisting the Panhellenic Council with facilitating the primary recruitment process. Each Rho Gamma is carefully selected and trained prior to the recruitment process. Rho gammas serve as impartial, unbiased counselors that help you with tough decisions. They will keep your personal information confidential. Each Rho Gamma is a current member of the Panhellenic community at Texas Tech and will be available to you daily during Recruitment.
What is a recruitment coordinator or “Gamma Chi”?
Recruitment Coordinators are 2nd year Rho Gammas that are specialized to help with schedule conflicts and recruitment operations. Recruitment Coordinators(often reffered to as Gamma Chi's) are also disaffiliated and join our executive board to assist in the logistical aspects of recruitment.
What is the time commitment for joining a Panhellenic Sorority in the new member period?
Time commitments vary depending on the chapter. We equate your new member time commitments to taking a three hour college course. You should expect to have a chapter meeting every Sunday or Monday evening, chapter education meetings, and social events throughout the week.
What is the time commitment for joining a Panhellenic Sorority in the active member period?
We equate this to being enrolled in a one hour course. This still varies in each chapter, but it is not as intense of a time commitment as your new member period will be.
Governing Body of Panhellenic
Panhellenic Executive Board
Panhellenic Exec is comprised of eight members who make up the executive board. They oversee programming, judicial hearings, communication with other organizations, marketing, and preparing the recruitment process each year.
Cabinet and Liaisons
The Cabinet and Liaison boards serve to assist in planning events and reaching out to other Texas Tech organizations and entities. Their positions are reviewed on an annual basis.
The Judicial board is comprised of one member from each chapter that serves to hear chapter or Panhellenic violations. It is their job to determine an outcome for an judicial problems that may arise in our community.
Delegate meetings are held with one member from each chapter and the Panhellenic Executive board. These meetings are held to amend bylaws, and stay up to date on chapter events.
Local Alumnae Chapters
What is a local Panhellenic Alumnae Chapter?
These chapters are located around the United States (usually in larger cities), and are comprised of alumnae members from several organizations. They help PNMs prepare for recruitment in advance, and are a great resource.
Withdrawing from Primary Recruitment
How do I withdrawal from recruitment?
Please meet with a rho gamma or staff member to withdrawal from recruitment. This should be taken care of in person since you will have to fill out a form. If you are still on the fence, please meet with a rho gamma for counseling on finding the best option for you.
Release from Primary Recruitment
What is being fully released from recruitment?
Although unfortunate, some PNMs will not receive any invitations back to chapters. In this situation, we will call the PNM in the morning before she is supposed to meet at the parking lot, and let her know that she has been fully released. We will provide the PNM other options for joining our community if she is still interested.
What is a Bid?
A Bid is a formal invitation to join a chapter. They are distributed on Bid Day at the United Supermarkets Arena. You will only receive a Bid to one chapter. If you receive a bid and choose not to accept it, you will not be eligible to join another chapter until Fall Recruitment 2019.
What is Continuous Open Bidding?
Continuous Open Bidding occurs throughout the year. The majority of these are distributed early in the spring for “Spring Recruiting.” If you choose to withdrawal from our recruitment, released, or ISP, you will be eligible for COBs throughout the year. Please fill out this form if you are interested in being considered for COBs.
What is intentional single preference?
Intentional Single Preference (sometimes incorrectly phrased “suicide”) is for PNMs who attend 2 chapter preference events, and only choose to list one chapter on her MRABA. She is not guaranteed a Bid to that chapter, and if she does not receive a bid to that chapter, she is eligible for COB.
Lodges vs Houses
What is the difference between a lodge and a house?
At Texas Tech, all of our chapters are housed in lodges. Chapter members are not allowed to live in their lodges. Other chapters across the nation may provide housing opportunities for chapter members in their facilities, so those are referred to as houses.
Do PNMs have an advantage/disadvantage of going through recruitment during their junior or senior year?
Each chapter looks for something different in new members, so we are unsure if this provides upperclassmen any advantage/disadvantage. Most chapters look on upperclassmen with esteem since they have already demonstrated their academic abilities in college.
Is there such thing as “Top Houses” or “Tiers?”
Absolutely not. Each chapter brings something different to the table, and PNMs should look for chapters that share their own values and passions.
What is “dirty” recruiting?
This is an illegal activity that violates the PNM Bill of Rights and the TTU Recruitment Rules. Usually, this involves chapter members contacting PNMs prior to Bid Day. There should be no contact between active members and potential new members during the summer or throughout recruitment week. All illegal recruiting behaviors should be reported to the Panhellenic Advisor, executive board, or recruitment counselors immediately.
What is the MRABA?
The Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement is a document that you will sign on preference night when listing your preferences.
If you attend two preference events and list both, you will receive a bid to one of those chapters.
If you attend one preference event and list that chapter, you will receive a bid to that chapter.
In both of these situations, you are binding yourself to that chapter for the year. If you choose not to accept the Bid, you must contact the chapter directly and let them know. Also, you will not be able to go through recruitment again until Fall 2019 (ineligible to COB until then as well).
ISP: See above.
The MRABA is a binding document, and should be taken seriously. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Panhellenic council.