I am currently a sophomore in college, but considering on transferring to Elon in spring of 2015. Am I eligible to rush in January?
Yes!! If you have been at another school for one year you are allowed to go through recruitment at Elon. You must have a 2.75 GPA as well. Registration opens October 29th at 9am until December 12th at 5pm. No late registration will be accepted!
What are the specific themes for each day of recruitment? I know one day is philanthropy day but wasn't familiar with the rest of the setup, thanks!
Day 1- Information Round- general get to know you questions and interactions
Day 2- Philanthropy Round- learn about each organization's philanthropy and participate in a craft related to the philanthropy
Day 3- Sisterhood Round- watch videos on the organizations sisterhood and talk with members about what makes their sisterhood so special
Day 4- Preference Round- intimate ceremonies about organization and very special
Day 5- Bid Day- each organization will have a different theme to celebrate/welcome new members
More information can be found on Elon University's Panhellenic Council's Facebook page or the www.elon.edu/greeklife
What do I do with recommendation letters? where are they to be sent? along with a few people have told me that they are to do it through their website and it is all in a database? which is the right way?
Where and How do I apply to participate in rush?
Each organization handles recommendations differently. I recommend checking on their national website to see what their guidelines are. However you can also always send recommendation letters to
Campus Box 2971
ATTN: Org Name
You may register for recruitment starting October 29th at 9 am until December 12th at 5pm. All of this information can be found on the Greek Life Website. I highly recommend going to the different recruitment info events this fall to learn more about Greek life before signing up.
What are the upcoming events in the fall that a potential new member should attend?
We have a PanHellenic tailgate this Saturday October 25th starting at 12:00. This will be an event where you can meet women involved in Greek life.
Tuesday October 28th at 6:30 or 8:30 Greek Panel in LaRose Theater in KOBC- Please attend one of these sessions to learn more about what it really means to be in Greek Life. There will be representatives from each of the 9 organizations there to talk candidly about their experiences. If you can only attend one event, this is the event you should go to!
Tuesday November 4th- Miss Recruitment in Mckinnon- This event talks more about what the week of recruitment will look like.
Look out for facebook events for each our recruitment events for more details on the Panhellenic facebook page!
When is the last day to register for recruitment?
You must register for recruitment by Friday December 12th at 5pm. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Hi I am abroad this semester but would like to rush this comming spring. How do I go about registering ?
You can register starting October 29th online from the Greek Life website by filing out an application. The fee to go through recruitment is $60.
What is the average amount freshman pledges have to pay in dues?
Roughly between $600-$800 for the first semester (initiation dues/pins, formal, national dues, etc). And then the dues are between $600-$800 for the year each year after (roughly $300-$400 a semester). But go to the Greek Life Panel on October 25th to learn more about dues and other aspects of greek life!
Can a coach prevent a varsity athlete from rushing?
Certain activities are not optional for recruitment and others are not optional for sports. If you have questions I advise you go to the greek life office in upstairs Moseley and talk to your coach to see what the expectations are for each person and if it is even feasible.
Is it possible to both rush during Spring Recruitment and study abroad during spring semester??
Yes! However, you must talk to the pledge educator if you get a bid in order to work out a plan.
I know that being in a sorority is expensive. Is there anyway to directly transfer payment from on campus jobs to paying for the sorority? Also, is there any type of scholarship that an help pay for the cost?
Most sororities use Billhighway (an online dues site for sororities) to pay for dues. I don't believe there is a direct way to transfer funds. I would recommend creating a separate savings fund that you can use a debit card to pay directly. Dues can also be paid over a period of time so it is in smaller increments. Some organizations do offer scholarships through their nationals. You can look at the national website of each org to find out if they offer scholarships. Some of the organizations on campus also offer scholarships from their chapter as well.
my daughter is calling me a bit spun out about getting letters from people that know her that went to various sororities, two of which I haven't even heard of. :) how important are these letters and when do they REALLY need to be in? :)
They are definitely not necessary at Elon. If you have a special connection to one or two organization you can submit a letter of recommendation. The latest date letters can be sent in is January 10th 2015
If you withdraw from a class first semester but still have at least 12 credit hours, will you still be able to rush?
As you as you have completed 12 Elon credit hours and have a 2.75 before winter term then you will be allowed to go through recruitment.
Can you rush as a junior if you have never rushed before?
Yes you may go through recruitment!
Is it possible to join a sorority in the fall?
Not this year. There will only be spring recruitment at the end of January
What are the days for 2014-2015 recruitment?
January 28th to February 1st!
Are recommendations required? I don't live in the Southeast and don't recognize most of the sorority names.
Nope! They are definitely not required and you don't need them for every organization. If you have a close relative in a certain organization you can have them write a letter but thats totally optional!
Is their an upperclassman quota?
I am trying to ask for references from family friends before school starts but we have been unable to find out who our friends should send the recommendation forms to and how they are to access the rec forms.
You can start sending in recommendations at the end of September to the Greek Life Campus Box ATTN: Beta Beta Beta (whatever the Greek organization is). Each organization may ask for a recommendation letter to be filled out differently. Check each organization's chapter website or contact their president to learn what information they want. It doesn't hurt to just write a letter and send it to an organization with contact information if they need additional information. However, letters of recommendation are definitely not necessary! Don't feel like you need to do them.
If I started going through recruitment as a freshman and it ended up not being the right fit at the time, would I be able to still go through as a sophomore?
Yes, if you decide during the recruitment process or any time up before you are initiated into a organization that it is not the right fit you can drop out and then go through recruitment again the following year. If you are initiated in an organization and you decide after that it is not the right fit you will not be allowed to go through recruitment again.
If a student does not get a bid sophomore spring, are there no longer opportunities for the sophomore to rush?
No, you can go through recruitment as a junior in the spring during formal recruitment.
I am planning on transferring to Elon in the fall. Can I still go through recruitment if I am transferring in as a junior?
Yes you can definitely go through recruitment in the spring if you so choose to as a junior.
Do a lot of girls' with boyfriends rush? Is it common or no? Would I just bring a guy friend to formal and things like that? I'm just kinda curious about people's opinion on joining a sorority with a boyfriend!
There isn't a statistic about girls who go through recruitment with boyfriends vs. without boyfriends. My advice is to do whatever you feel comfortable with. In the end it should be your decision to decide if greek life is right for you, not anyone else's. You could bring whoever you wanted to a formal.
Where do we have people writing rec letters send them to ?
You can start sending in recommendations at the end of September to the Greek Life Campus Box ATTN: Beta Beta Beta (whatever the Greek organization is).
I'm an incoming freshman and I was wondering if letters of recommendation are needed to join a sorority, and if so when do we need to get them in by?
You definitely don't need recommendations for every organization or even at all. If you want to have one or two written cause your mom or sister or someone special was in a specific organization you can. But you definitely don't need to do them for all of them. If you do send a recommendation it can be sent in next year starting in September up until end of December.
Will elon be doing informal rush in the fall?
No there will be no informal fall recruitment next year in the fall.