What is Panhellenic?

Panhellenic is a group of sororities that have organized to promote Greek life and cooperation between member groups.

There are three levels within the Panhellenic system:

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the governing body of all NPC members. Delegates are elected from their sororities to represent their groups within the NPC.

Local (Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic) is a community based organization, affiliated with NPC, whose membership is composed of representative alumnae from NPC member  sororities.

College Panhellenic Associations are established on campuses that have at least two NPC member group chapters. The College Panhellenics are responsible for their campus’ formal recruitment.   This will be the group of women that you will meet prior to formal recruitment

Why is it important to register with the local Panhellenic Alumnae Board?

Registering with the local Panhellenic allows alumnae to distribute information you provide to the area reference/recommendations chairwomen, who in turn, pass it on to their sorority members at your university.  These alumnae work hard to ensure that every Shreveport-Bossier area woman, who is interested in recruitment, is afforded the benefit of a reference or recommendation.  Your name and accomplishments are highlighted and publicized to these university women.

It is important that deadlines are followed.  This allows the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic time to ensure your information is given to local alumnae groups who may have a sorority chapter at the college or university you plan to attend.  Many sororities at large colleges or universities have early summer deadlines for their alumnae to notify them of potential new members.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the sorority  alumnae members and NOT the potential new member to obtain these recommendations/references and mail them to the appropriate person.  However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances to secure your own recommendations.  By doing so, you are assured a recommendation, and it is more likely to be personal.

Why do I need to register with my University Panhellenic?

Your university needs to know you are participating in their recruitment.  

Contact the student activities office or Greek Life Office of your chosen school or access the college’s website to register with the college or university. As soon as your registration with the college Panhellenic is complete, it will be passed on to the participating sorority chapters.  They may have additional photo and resume requirements.

Be sure to check with the college regarding deadlines as soon as possible.

Registering with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic DOES NOT register you with your college Panhellenic.  You must register separately with your university.

Am I required to have recommendations?

Most NPC groups require references or letters of recommendation. Making sure you are registered with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic ensures they are aware of your interest in recruitment.

After you submit your Recruitment Information Form to the Board it is distributed to the sorority alumnae represented on our board.  The sorority alumnae will have the responsibility to have a recommendation sent to the sorority at the girl's college of choice.  You will be notified when the form is sent.  The sorority alumnae provide one recommendation only for each sorority at your university.  If you wish to obtain additional letters of recommendation you must secure those on your own.  If there is a sorority at the college that is not represented on the alumnae board,  you are responsible for obtaining a recommendation for that sorority. See Contact Us for a list of sororities represented on the Shreveport/Bossier Panhellenic Board.

If you personally know someone who is a sorority alumnae and your university has that sorority on campus, you can have that person write your recommendation. A friend or acquaintance is more familiar with you and the recommendation will be more personal.

Do not be afraid to publicize that you will be entering formal recruitment. It is a goal of all sorority women to keep the Greek system strong. Alumnae that you may know casually or have lost touch with will usually be thrilled to help. Just ask!

What is the difference between a recommendation and a letter?

A recommendation is a specific sorority form that is submitted by a sorority alumnae to the university on behalf of the recruit.

A letter is personal correspondence that is written by a sorority alumnae that personally knows the recruit.  It varies from school to school on whether obtaining a letter is necessary.

What do I do if my packets aren't ready to turn in at the Recruitment Meeting in April?

* See Recruitment Info page for information and deadlines.

What if I am unable to attend the meeting in April?

If you are unable to attend the meeting but interested in Panhellenic sorority recruitment at your university, it is VERY IMPORTANT to send your completed packets with a friend or mail the packets to the address listed on the Recruitment Info Page by the stated deadline.

What if I am undecided about my college choice?

Do not bring your packets to the meeting. If you make your decision after the deadline it will be your responsibility to contact each Panhellenic representative for the sororities at your university and make arrangements to deliver your packet to them.  See Contact Us for Sorority Alumnae Representatives.

What do I do if I need to change my photos, resume, college choice, or decide to not go through recruitment?

If changes need to be made and it is before the deadline, see Recruitment Info Page for the contact about Information Packets. If it is after the deadline, it will be your responsibility to contact each Panhellenic representative for the sororities at your university and make arrangements to get the changes to them.

What do I do if there is a sorority at my college that isn't represented on the Shreveport Bossier Panhellenic Board?

If there is a sorority at your university that is not represented on the alumnae board,  you are responsible for obtaining a recommendation for that sorority. You can find an alumnae locally from that sorority or email the national website for that specific sorority for guidance. See Contact UsContact Us for a list of sororities represented on the Shreveport/Bossier Panhellenic Board.

Who sees my resume and photos?

The sorority alumnae writing the recommendation and the university sorority.

Will my membership force my grades to suffer?

Sorority women take their grades very seriously. Scholarship is always a focus in chapter goal setting, and the women are always striving to have the highest GPA on campus. A certain GPA is required to remain a member in good standing and to maintain chapter and campus leadership positions.

What do I wear?

This is the most frequently asked question by participants of recruitment! Each college will provide you with guidelines specific to each day of parties. Ask your recruitment counselor or college Panhellenic representatives for clarification. Many campuses stage a fashion show to provide further understanding. Others have the information posted on a recruitment website. You should receive this information from the college Panhellenic as soon as you register with them. This is another advantage of early registration.

What will my financial obligations be?

This is a parent’s favorite question. Dues vary by university and sorority. Typically, the first semester includes new member and initiation fees along with regular dues and is the most expensive semester. Your college Panhellenic should have more specific information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is well within your rights to determine what your financial obligations will be.

Why are girls I have talked to before, now only nodding and smiling at me?

Sorority members are not being rude or unfriendly; they are protecting the ideal of a fair formal recruitment. College Panhellenics have “silence” rules that restrict members from speaking with potential new members outside of the recruitment events. Women that you have known for years, even alumnae, are under strict guidelines, particularly during the week of formal recruitment.

What is a legacy? If I’m not a legacy will it hurt my recruitment chances?

A legacy is usually defined as the sister, daughter, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee placement in that particular sorority.

Why go through Recruitment now, as a freshman?

There are many advantages to go through Recruitment your first semester. Sororities tend to favor freshmen because they can maintain their membership for four years. Freshmen have an advantage over upperclassmen on most campuses. Some campuses even have strict quota placed on the number of upperclassmen they can take.

The sorority house gives you a home away from home. Your sorority sisters can be a surrogate family or support network. You will have the privilege of this support network as you navigate through your first semester.

Sororities provide a strong academic program for their new members. Tutoring and study hours are typically overseen by an officer responsible for your academic well-being. You will gain instant access to upperclassmen in your major. If you are struggling with a course, you are likely to find sorority members who can help.

What if I’m an upperclassman? Should I still participate in recruitment?

Absolutely! Although freshmen will have a slight advantage, upperclassmen have a proven college scholastic record and extra-curricular participation. This is important to chapters ensuring their scholastic standing.

Should I be afraid that I will be mistreated (hazed) as a new member in a sorority?

Greek members have been unfortunately portrayed very negatively in the media and in Hollywood. The image of an exclusive party culture is exploited. Philanthropic, academic, and personal development activities are overlooked. Greek members are more likely to have better GPAs and act in leadership roles in their communities and college campuses. Greek Life departments continue to support programs that educate young men and women on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as other issues facing young people today.

All NPC groups have adopted a no-tolerance approach to hazing violations. Abuse by any sorority member is immediately confronted and the party involved is often stripped of her membership. Groups that frequently break the no-hazing policy have their chapters removed from the campus. NPC sororities adopted this strict policy many years before the heightened attention to it, and they have acted to lead the rest of the Greek community in this direction.

How can I get answers to other questions I might have?

Just email Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic at sbpanhellenic@gmail.com.