If you’re already considering Going Greek or just want to check out fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to attend some recruitment events or interest meetings at OWU. Recruitment occurs throughout the year in a variety of ways, but because our recruitment on campus is deferred (spring semester), first-year students are eligible to join the Greek community only after establishing an OWU GPA.
In the fall, OWU fraternities (6) and sororities (5) host open houses, interest meetings, cookouts, pickup games, or other casual events. Everyone is welcome at these informal events, even if you will not be eligible to join until spring. Students are welcome to check out as many open houses as they want to gain a good sense of each fraternity or sorority in the Panhellenic Conference (NPC) & Interfraternity Council (IFC) community. However, students interested in joining an National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations are encouraged to research each organization independently and selectively attend interest meetings.
Fraternities (Interfraternity Council)
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 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 (Panhellenic Conference)
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.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Membership Intake takes place for each organization uniquely throughout the year. Chapters may hold interest meetings, or simply host a table at the Student Involvement Fair or 'table' in the atrium of the Campus Center to meet potential members. In order to connect with a chapter and inquire about membership, students are encouraged to complete a Fraternity & Sorority Life Interest Form or meet with the Fraternity & Sorority Life Office.