Panhellenic Recruitment

Chi-O girls at homecoming parade
  1. If you are interested in participating in Panhellenic Formal Recruitment in January, registration OPENS September 9 and CLOSES November 20 at 11:59PM. No registrations will be processed or allowed after that date.
  2. All registration fees/costs are non-refundable.
  3. The SMU Panhellenic Council does not require nor manage recommendations. Any recommendations must be mailed directly to the chapters.  Please visit the chapter websites with specific information and requirements for each organization.  Any recommendations that come to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will be discarded.
  4. Traditionally, between 550-600 women will start the formal recruitment process. Historically, about 10 women are unfortunately left without an invitation to membership.  While the recruitment process is not perfect, the numbers indicate that overall, if a woman has an open mind and wants to join an organization - one will be available for her.  Too often,  though, women go through the process with a narrower opinion. Unfortunately, this attitude poses a real danger for disappointment and should be considered before a woman chooses to participate in the process.
  5. Legacies (those with relatives who are/were members) are not guaranteed bids. Every year, women who are legacies to chapters are disappointed because they are not given an invitation to membership. Additionally, each chapter has differing policies on how legacies are managed, invited and bid. This can be mitigated by participating with an open mind and realizing that each chapter offers something great in their own unique way.
  6. While we cannot guarantee a bid, historically women who maximize their options in the formal recruitment process (meaning they attend all recruitment parties to which they are invited and rank all available options on preference night) have been matched successfully and received a bid.
  7. Residence Halls open in early January. Each student should work with her Resident Assistant and Residential Community Director to determine when they can move back in.
  8. Formal recruitment will take place virtually Saturday, January 17-Saturday, January 23. Please note that move in for the Residential Commons will take place Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. Students should work with their Resident Assistant and Residential Community Director if they have questions regarding move in. Please check for full recruitment schedule details.

Please visit for a full and up to date schedule as well as the link to register. Those interested in participating in formal recruitment MUST complete the Panhellenic Video Form on Connect (under Panhellenic portal) by November 27th.

Sunday, September 6th, 2020: Recruitment Registration Opens
Monday, November 9th, 2020: Optional Recruitment Q&A Session- Zoom
Friday, December 4th, 2020 at noon (12:00pm)-Extended from previous deadline: Deadline to Register for Recruitment in January (late registrations will NOT be accepted).

2021 Formal Recruitment

Sunday, January 17 at 12PM (CST): Mandatory Recruitment Orientation & Round 1

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, University is Closed / No Panhellenic Events Scheduled

Tuesday, January 19 & Wednesday, January 20: Philanthropy Days

Thursday, January 21: Sisterhood Day

Friday, January 22: Preference Day

Saturday, January 23: Bid Day (morning)

Continuous Open Bidding is the process in which Panhellenic organizations continue to extend bids during an informal recruiting process in both the spring and fall semester to eligible students. This recruitment process in the Fall semester is for upper class women only (those that have passed and completed at least 12 college credit hours at SMU in a long semester (i.e. Fall or Spring)

Fall COB Registration

Interested? Attend the information session virtually on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.

Registration Fee: N/A