Panhellenic Formal Recruitment:
Sorority Recruitment is formal and structured process sponsored by the Panhellenic Association. Registration is required, prior to the week of formal recruitment. To avoid conflicts with classes, recruitment events are held in the evenings and on weekend days. Participants visit each chapter on the first day of recruitment, known as open house. Recruitment is a mutual selection process. It is strongly recommended that you attend every event during the formal recruitment process. The final invitational event, Preference Night, you may attend up to two chapters.
After the Preference Parties, potential new members rank their choices and the sororities submit a preference list. To promote equity in the recruitment process, each sorority is permitted to pledge a maximum number of women, so a “bid matching” process determines which sorority each participant will join. Many participants are pledged to the chapter they list as their first choice after the Preference Parties.
Check out 2013 Sorority Recruitment Photos here:
Fraternity Recruitment: Great Men Go Greek!
Fraternity Life is an exciting opportunity at James Madison University! Joining a Greek-lettered organization provides you with opportunities for leadership, community service, scholarship, friendship, and lifelong membership in a values-based organization. Fraternities select their members through a recruitment process, sometimes referred to as “rush.” Recruitment is a way for prospective new members to visit and learn about the Greek organizations on campus. By University and council policies, the recruitment process is alcohol-free.
To join students must be regularly enrolled in classes at James Madison University and are required to be in good academic standing (not on academic probation). Individual organizations have minimum grade point average requirements, ranging from a 2.0 to 2.5 cumulative college grade point average for continuing or transfer students, or a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.60 to 2.80 for new freshmen. You will be asked to sign a GPA waiver form for those chapters you are interested in, so that the chapter may ensure that you meet their academic requirements.
Fraternity recruitment occurs for two weeks at the beginning of every semester in a semi-structured format. The Interfraternity Council sponsors an Information Night to kick off recruitment, and then men interested in joining a fraternity attend a variety of functions at individual fraternity houses. Bids are extended at the end of those two weeks. Recruitment schedules for each individual organization will be posted on this website as they are received – you are also encouraged to contact a fraternity directly for more information about that organization’s recruitment schedule.