Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

We are exited that you have decided to participate in Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment at JSU! The Panhellenic community connects people beyond their chapter walls. As a collective group of women, we have the power to change the world. Here at Jacksonville State University, we have 5 Panhellenic chapters that are unique, founded on values, and offer you a place to truly call home. This is your time to leave your legacy at Jacksonville State University!

The Jacksonville State University College Panhellenic has developed a plan in response to the uncertainties with regards to COVID-19. This plan outlines considerations for Fall 2020 Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment. There are resources available below to ensure that we provide the best experience possible for potential new members.

The NPC Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report for College Panhellenic chapters was released on May 11, 2020. The College Panhellenic reviewed this report and is making plans that align with NPC recommendations. The health and safety of all stakeholders is a priority to the College Panhellenic and Jacksonville State University. We will follow all evidence-based recommendations from the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health if any in-person sessions are utilized.

Option A

JSU will utilize a fully structured recruitment hosted with social distancing guidelines in place. This recruitment method will utilize both virtual and in-person sessions to ensure that potential new members and chapter members are safe, while also providing the opportunity to meet in person prior to offering or accepting an invitation for membership. Open House and Sisterhood & Values rounds will be hosted virtually and Preference rounds will be hosted in-person. 

Option B

JSU will utilize a fully structured recruitment with all virtual events in place. This recruitment method will utilize only virtual sessions to ensure that potential new members and chapter members are safe, while still hosting formal recruitment. All rounds will be hosted virtually. 

July 15, 2020 Update

The JSU College Panhellenic met with Panhellenic chapters on July 15, 2020 and decided to move to Option B for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment. We are dedicated to keeping our potential new members, members, and JSU community safe and healthy while also providing a positive recruitment experience. More information about Option B will be sent out to potential new members soon! 

Register For Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Here! 

Template Resume for Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment

Potential New Member Video Introduction Video Instructions

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Information

What sororities are at Jacksonville State University?

 There are 5 Panhellenic sororities at JSU.  They are Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha. 

How do I join a sorority?

Panhellenic sororities have two forms of Recruitment.  Formal Recruitment takes place the week before the start of the fall semester.  Registration is online.  This is the most common recruitment process that most Potential New Members participate in.  Those who become interested at a later time or are not interested in the formal recruitment process may look into organizations who recruit throughout the entirety of the academic year.  Most organizations do not recruit this way, but at times this option does become available to women interested in joining. 

 What are recommendations and are they required to participate?

Recommendations are letters from alumnae of a particular sorority, not necessarily those who graduated from JSU, in support of the woman participating in recruitment. JSU Panhellenic Council does not require recommendation letters in order to participate in recruitment. However, if you still prefer to have relatives or other friends send letters on your behalf, they may be sent directly to the organization or to the Dean of students office at JSU. 

I am a legacy to an organization, am I guaranteed a bid?

No, legacies (women who have a relative that is a member of a sorority) are not guaranteed a bid.  Each national organization has their own policies about legacies and that process is administered by the chapters in consultation with their alumnae advisors.

What are the benefits of joining a sorority?

All of our sororities were founded as values-based organizations.  They all share the goals and values of scholarship, philanthropy and service, betterment of an individual and sisterhood.  Sororities can serve as a support system for students and provide opportunities for involvement.  There are a number of leadership positions in Fraternity & Sorority Life through chapter officers and council executive roles, and the experience that students can gain through these organizations and leadership roles can complement the college experience and provide numerous networking opportunities.

What is the best advice you would give a student going through recruitment?

First and foremost, students should be themselves.  Second, go into the process with an open-mind and be willing to consider membership in any of our chapters.  Students are often surprised to learn that chapter stereotypes are not always accurate, and they find great things about all of our organizations.  Three, know your values and what you're looking for in a group, that will help you find the best fit.  Four, get as much rest as you can, eat on a regular basis, and if exercise is part of your daily routine, find some way to fit that in as well.

Can Marching Southerners/Ballerinas participate in Recruitment? 

Absolutely! Because the formal recruitment schedule and the Marching Southerners/Ballerina schedules do conflict, we do our absolute best to work with those women to ensure they get to experience formal recruitment.  Please just let us know on your recruitment application that you are a Marching Southerner/Ballerina and we will have your recruitment counselor explain to you how the formal recruitment process will work for you. 

Monday, August 10

PNM/Parent Recruitment Orientation - Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, August 11


Meeting with Rho Gamma Group

Wednesday, August 12

Meeting with Rho Gamma Group to View Open House Videos

Thursday, August 13 : Philanthropy Round

Meeting with Rho Gamma Group to View Open House Videos

Friday, August 14 : Sisterhood &Values Round

Sisterhood & Values Round Begins

Saturday, August 15 : Preference Round

Preference Round

Sunday, August 16: Bid Day!

Chapter Bid Day! 

Alpha Omicron Pi

Inspire Ambition

Chapter Designation: Delta Epsilon

Symbol: Sheaf of Wheat

Mascot: Panda

Jewel: Ruby

Flower: Jaqueminot Rose

Color: Cardinal Red

National Philanthropy: Arthritis Research

Founding Location: Barnard College, New York, NY

Date Founded Nationally: January 2, 1897

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Alpha Xi Delta

Inspiring Women to Realize Their Potential

Chapter Designation: Epsilon Pi

Symbol: Quill

Mascot: Betxi Bear

Jewel: Pearl, Diamond

Flower: Pink Rose

Color: Double Blue and Gold

National Philanthropy: Autism Speaks

Founding Location: Lombard College, Galesburg, IL

Date Founded Nationally: April 17, 1893

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Delta Zeta

Be More. Do More. Care More. 

Chapter Designation: Lambda Gamma

Symbol: Roman Lamp

Mascot: Turtle

Jewel: Diamond

Flower: Pink Killarney Rose

Color: Rose and Green

National Philanthropy: Speech and Hearing, The Painted Turtle 

Founding Location: Miami University, Oxford, OH

Date Founded Nationally: October 24, 1902

National Website


Phi Mu

The Faithful Sisters

Chapter Designation: Kappa Sigma

Symbol: Quatrefoil

Mascot: Sir Fidel the Lion

Jewel: N/A

Flower: Rose Carnation

Color: Rose and White

National Philanthropy: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Founding Location: Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

Date Founded Nationally: March 4. 1852

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Zeta Tau Alpha

Seek the Noblest

Chapter Designation: Zeta Psi

Symbol: 5 Pointed Crown, Strawberry

Mascot: N/A

Jewel: N/A

Flower: White Violet

Color: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray

National Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness

Founding Location: Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Date Founded Nationally: October 15, 1898

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