Welcome to Clemson!
We are so excited that you are interested in learning about CPC's Primary Recruitment Process!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When can I participate in sorority recruitment?
A: Primary sorority recruitment at Clemson University is only conducted in the fall semester before the start of classes. The 2019 Primary Recruitment process begins Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and concludes with Bid Day on Monday, August 19, 2019. It is important to note that the Clemson Panhellenic does not host a formalized spring recruitment. If you are unable to participate in fall primary recruitment, but are interested in joining a sorority, you may participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB).
COB begins immediately following the end of the primary recruitment process, on Bid Day. COB is also sometimes held in the spring semester. However, not all sororities are eligible to participate in COB. In order to host COB events, a chapter must be under Chapter Total, which is always the Median Chapter Size of our 12 chapters. Women interested in COB, should complete a COB Interest Form. Once we receive your COB interest form, we will share it with those sororities under Chapter Total that have elected to participate in COB. Click here for the COB Interest Form. For more information about the COB process, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at (864)656-7573
Q: Is a Snap Bid the same as COB?
A: No. Snap Bidding is ONLY allowed for those chapters that did NOT match to quota in the bid-matching process of primary recruitment. The Snap Bidding process takes place before bids are distributed on Bid Day, and eligibility is limited to women who participated in at least the first round of recruitment (i.e. Open House). Snap Bids are coordinated and extended through the Panhellenic Advisor, prior to the distribution of bids and the start of Bid Day activities. Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins as soon as Bid Day begins.
Q: If I go through recruitment, am I obligated to join a sorority?
A: No, primary recruitment is an opportunity to explore Panhellenic Sorority Life at Clemson University. If you decide it is not right for you, you may withdraw process any time before signing the MRABA.
Q: Do I have to attend all of the parties that I am invited to?
A: Yes! Primary recruitment at Clemson University is designed to allow you to learn as much as you can about the Panhellenic community. If you have any known schedule conflicts, please complete this form. Otherwise, if you miss an event, you will be released from the recruitment process.
Q: Is there a grade requirement to register for recruitment?
A: No, there is not a grade requirement to register for primary recruitment. However, to help students understand how their GPA may affect their primary recruitment experience, CPC created the following "Grade Zones."
Green Zone = Your options are not likely limited based on your GPA. (3.0 + )
Yellow Zone = Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA. (2.8 – 2.99)
Red Zone = Your options are very likely to be limited based on GPA. (2.79 and below)
Q: How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
A: The recruitment registration fee is $220. Then, if you chose to accept a bid to a sorority, your first semester dues as a new member will range between $400 and $800 depending on the chapter. Once you are an initiated member, the price of dues decrease for your remaining semesters. Each chapter will provide the PNMs with a detailed financial card during Round 3. Currently, Average New Member Dues are $752.46 and Average Returning Member Dues are $469.46.
Q: What should I expect to receive after registering for recruitment?
A: Immediately after completing registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Over the course of the summer, PNMs and their parents will receive a series of five emails providing information about sorority recruitment and sorority membership. PNMs will receive a final email the week of recruitment detailing important logistics. The PNM emails will be sent to their Clemson University email address. The 2019 A Guide To Primary Recruitment will available online in June.
Q: If I decide not to participate in recruitment, is my registration fee refundable?
A: No. All registration fees are nonrefundable, no exceptions. This is clearly stated on the recruitment registration page, so please take this into consideration before you register.
Q: Does going through recruitment affect my on-campus housing in anyway?
A: Going through recruitment does not affect your on-campus housing other than you will need to move-in to your on-campus housing on Tuesday, August 13th between 8am and noon in order to participate in recruitment events.
Q: Will the dining hall be open during recruitment, and will my meal plan be activated?
A: The dining halls will be open the week of recruitment, but your fall semester meal plan will not be activated during this time.
Q: What if I only want to join a certain sorority?
A: Limiting yourself to a certain sorority devalues your recruitment experience and can lead to disappointment. You're encouraged to keep an open mind and base your decision on which chapter aligns closest to your values and is appears to be the best fit for you.
Q: If I am a legacy to a sorority, what do I need to know?
A: Legacy is not synonymous with obligation. You are encouraged to keep an open mind and consider what each chapter has to offer, regardless of which sorority you are a legacy. Likewise, each PNM is considered individually, and you should not feel any pressure from the chapter members to join a particular sorority. Most importantly, being a legacy of a sorority(s) does not guarantee you a bid from that sorority(s).
Q: What is the MRABA?
A: The Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) is formerly known as the “Preference Card.” The MRABA is a binding agreement that is effective for one calendar year. By signing this document, a PNM agrees that she is willing to accept a bid for membership from any sorority that she ranks on the MRABA. Please note that if a PNM receives an invitation to membership (a bid) from any sorority that she ranked on her MRABA, then she is bound to that group for one calendar year (August 2019 to August 2020). Most importantly, if she receives a bid from any sorority that she has listed on her MRABA, and she chooses not to accept it, she is not eligible to participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in fall 2019 or spring 2020.
If a PNM receives invitations to Preference, at the conclusion of her last Preference party, she will make her final selections in a computer lab, ranking the chapters she visited on Sunday, August 18th in preferential order. In the computer lab, a campus volunteer will assist each PNM in making her selections, as Pi Chis are not allowed to assist in this process. PNMs will complete a paper version of the MRABA as well as enter her selections into the computer system. A PNMs paper MRABA and computer selections must match.
Please note that once the MRABA has been turned into a representative of the Clemson Panhellenic Council, it cannot be altered or changed.
Prior to signing the MRABA, PNMs will have several options to consider, and we suggest that PNMs thoroughly reflect on these before signing the MRABA.
-First, PNMs may choose not to complete the MRABA, thereby withdrawing from recruitment. If a PNM chooses this option, she is eligible to accept a bid for membership from any sororities participating in Continuous Open Bidding (COB). Please recognize that very few sororities COB.
-Secondly, a PNM may choose to list any sorority whose preference (last) event she attended and from which she is willing to accept an invitation to membership (a bid). Please note that a PNM should not rank any sorority on her final selection that she is absolutely not willing to accept a bid for membership. If a PNM matches with a sorority that she listed on her MRABA, it is important to note that she is bound to that sorority for one calendar year (August 2019-August 2020) regardless of whether she accept their invitation for membership or not.
-Lastly, a PNM may choose to limit her choices to just one or list any sorority whose preference round (last) event she attended and is willing to accept membership. A PNM must understand that if she chooses to single intentional preference then she is not guaranteed to receive a bid for membership. Only PNMs who maximize their options and list ALL of the chapters that they attended during the Preference Round are guaranteed to receive a bid for membership during formal recruitment.
If a PNM does not receive an invitation to membership (a bid) from any of the sororities that she listed, she is eligible for continuous open bidding (COB).
Q: What does accepting a bid entail?
A: When you accept a bid, you pledge yourself to a sorority's new member process. Once you sign the MRABA after Round 4, you are ineligible to join another organization until the next primary recruitment period at Clemson. Please know that once you are initiated into a sorority you are unable to ever join another NPC sorority. Initiation occurs about 8 weeks after Bid Day.
Q: When do you officially become a member of your sorority?
A: You officially become a member of your sorority once you are initiated. The time between Bid Day and Initiation varies by chapter but typically ranges from six to eight weeks in length. Please know that once you are initiated into a sorority you are unable to ever join another NPC sorority.
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Clemson Panhellenic Council (CPC) - The governing body of the 12, historically white, women’s sororities at Clemson. Everyone who joins a Panhellenic sorority automatically becomes a member of the Panhellenic community. CPC sororities are open to all women interested in joining.
Recruitment - A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held for the purpose of selecting new members.
Potential New Member (PNM) - Any woman who is eligible to participate in the Primary Recruitment process.
Chapter - A local member group of a national organization.
Sister - A fellow sorority member.
Pi Chi - Also known as a recruitment counselor, a sorority member who is disassociated from her chapter during Primary Recruitment to assists PNMs through the process. Each PNM is assigned a Pi Chi.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) - Founded in 1902, NPC provides support and guidance for its 26 member inter/national sororities/women’s fraternities and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. NPC serves as the umbrella organization for CPC. Clemson has 12 NPC affiliated sororities.
Bid - A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.
Round - A particular day of recruitment. There are 4 rounds:Open House, Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference. Within each round, the events that make up the rounds are called Parties.
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) - The period in which a sorority not at Campus Total is able to recruit members. The COB process is less formal, and not all chapters will participate in COB.
Philanthropy - A national and/or local charity that a sorority sponsors, donating time and money through service.
Circle of Sisterhood - CPC’s chosen philanthropy.
Pan Pals - A sisterhood event between two sororities.
Mixer - A social event generally between two sororities and two fraternities.
Crush Party - A date event hosted by two sororities.
Function - A social date event hosted by a single sorority.