OWU's Recruitment activities give potential members a chance to meet affiliated members and explore the individual chapter houses
If you’re already considering Going Greek or just want to check out fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to attend some recruitment activities at OWU. Recruitment occurs year ’round starting in the fall, but freshmen students “rush” only during spring semester.
In the fall, OWU fraternities (8) and sororities (5) host open houses, cookouts, pickup games, or other casual events. Everyone is welcome at these informal events, even if you will not be formally rushing until spring. It’s a good idea to take in as many open houses as you can to give you a good sense of each fraternity or sorority.
Informal Recruitment activities for fraternities tend to be a bit more athletically oriented. You might get drawn into a pickup basketball or volleyball game as part of the open house. But never fear, there is always plenty of food available to fuel the competition! These social and team-building events events give you an opportunity to meet the brothers and learn about each fraternity.
Formal Recruitment begins the first week of fall classes. You meet each chapter at a specific time during the first week; some of the informal and formal activities may overlap. The second week is filled with follow-up events with the fraternities that interest you the most. Bids are extended within the first five weeks of the semester and bid signing takes place in the Student Union the fifth week of the semester.
Sororities - Sign up for Formal Recruitment here.
Sororities hold open house events in the fall to welcome potential members and introduce themselves and their activities. Sororities often get very creative with the theme and food for these informal gatherings, as this is an opportunity to make a lasting impression. Sophomores-seniors can receive a bid during the Informal Recruitment period, but first-year students rush in the spring only.
Formal Recruitment begins the first week of spring semester. That week is filled with activities and information sessions, led by recruitment guides, known as “rho gammas." Formal Recruitment kicks into high gear Friday through Sunday of that same week. Women who are rushing sororities visit each chapter’s house and get to know the members, adhering to specific time constraints. Monday night is bid night, and , if you receive a bid, and choose to accept it, you join your new family at the house.