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Panhellenic Association Recruitment

Primary Recruitment

At Northwestern University, the Panhellenic Association (PHA) holds deferred primary recruitment each year during the first week of the Winter quarter. Primary recruitment is a multi-day structured joining process in which all 7 of the Panhellenic sororities participate. For the 2023-2024 academic year, Northwestern PHA will host primary recruitment January 11-14, 2024, with mandatory orientation dates on January 9 &10, 2024.

Registration is required to participate in primary recruitment. The registration process will open on October 1, 2023 and close on December 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM CT.

To register beginning on or after October 1st, please visit:

Continuous Open Bidding (COB) Informal Recruitment

During the Fall and Spring quarters, eligible chapters may have the ability to accept new members through a recruitment process called Continuous Open Bidding (COB). Chapters manage the COB process on their own and are responsible for connecting with interested students directly. First-year students are ineligible for COB in the Fall quarter. Students must have completed one term of college-level coursework at an accredited institution to be eligible to join a PHA sorority. Please note that informal recruitment happens on a rolling basis and students may not be contacted if a chapter has already completed their recruitment process. 

Fall COB Kickoff will be held on September 22nd, 2023 in the Big 10 Room in the Norris Student Center at 3pm. Attendance and registration are not required to participate in COB, though attendance at COB Kickoff is encouraged to learn more about the process and community.

Express Interest

If you are interested in either Primary or COB Recruitment, or if you would like to learn more about the NU Panhellenic community, please fill out our Interest Form. Panhellenic will use the information to create a database of students interested in both Primary and COB recruitment processes.

Any additional questions on joining the Panhellenic community may be directed to nuphavpmembership@gmail.comUpdates may also be found at the PHA on Instagram.