Sorority Recruitment

Panhellenic Women's Formal Membership Recruitment

Women's Informal Membership Recruitment is held each fall for upperclassmen and eligible transfer women. Information about the fall recruitment events can be found on the fraternity and sorority calendar by clicking .

Women's Formal Membership Recruitment is held January 4-10, 2016 and each potential new member must complete the Formal Membership Recruitment Registration form by January 4, 2016 at 11:30 p.m. in order to participate. The registration form can be found by clicking

Panhellenic Formal Recruitment Guidelines:

A woman becomes a potential new member once she has officially registered for Formal Membership Recruitment. In order to be eligible for Formal Membership Recruitment at Valparaiso University, a woman must:
  • Complete the registration form and return it by 11:30 p.m. on January 4, 2016.
  • She must pay the registration fee of $40.00 - you can do this online following the completion of the registration form.


Guide to Sorority Life


2016 Sorority Formal Recruitment Schedule

Potential New Member Orientation

Monday, January 4, 2016

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Neils Science Center 234


 This event will be for all women registered for Spring 2016 Sorority Recruitment. This meeting will preview formal recruitment, educate the women on all policies and procedures related to recruitment and joining a sorority,  and Recruitment Counselor groups will meet.

Attire: Casual

Sorority Recruitment Round 1: Philanthropy Round

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Scheele Hall

The Philanthropy Round events will introduce all women to the National Philanthropy programs for each of the sororities. The women will be participating in a series of craft projects all to be donated to local and national organizations following the formal recruitment period.

Attire: Casual - jeans and a sweater. Be sure to wear something comfortable in which you can sit on the floor during rounds.


Sorority Recruitment Round 2: Sisterhood and Values Round

Friday, January 8, 2016

6:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Scheele Hall

 The Sisterhood and Values round will introduce all women to the elements of sisterhood that each of the sororities at Valparaiso University celebrates.  Each chapter will be showing a video showcasing their sisterhood and sharing special aspects of the values of the organization with the potential new members. Women going through recruitment will attend between one and four events during this round.

Attire: Business attire – dress slacks or a skirt is appropriate. 


Sorority Recruitment Round 3: Preference Round

Saturday, January 9, 2016

4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Scheele Hall

 The Preference Ceremony is the most serious of the events during the formal recruitment period. Women participating in recruitment will be exposed to some of the ceremonial aspects of sorority membership and will learn about the lifelong commitment of joining a sorority.  Women going through recruitment will attend between one and two events this round.

Attire: Cocktail Dress. Please no prom dresses. 

Sorority Bid Day

Sunday, January 10, 2016

1:00 p.m.

Neil’s Science Center 234

Bid Day is the celebration of being asked to join a sorority at Valparaiso University. All women going through formal recruitment are asked to meet in Neil’s Science Center at 1:00 p.m.  Women will receive their membership invitation at this time and then participate in the Panhellenic New Member Ceremony and Celebration with all of the sorority women at Valparaiso University!!


Women should be prepared that the ceremony and celebration will take about two hours and then there will be additional activities in the evening with your new chapter.  Please be prepared that you may be busy until about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Attire: Jeans, t-shirt and a zip up hoodie/fleece.  Each new member will be provided a t-shirt from the chapter she is joining to wear to the ceremony.