All things recruitment



  1. The right to be treated as an individual.

  2. The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.

  3. The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors and active members.

  4. The right to be treated with respect.

  5. The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.

  6. The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers.

  7. The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors.

  8. The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors.

  9. The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.

  10. The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicated in the acceptance card signing.

  11. The right to make one's own choice and decision, and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.

  12. The right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.


  • Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC): The governing council that oversees the 11 Panhellenic chapters on campus. CPC helps make decisions about CMU's Greek Life, attends meetings with the university, selects recruitment counselors, plans sisterhoods for the community, and more.

  • Panhellenic Unity: The idea that CPC is a united community of women that fully support each other. CPC encourages friendships across all chapters.

  • Potential New Member (PNM): A woman going through the recruitment process who has not accepted a bid from a sorority.

  • Sister: A woman who has been initiated into a sorority. A alumna is also a sister.

  • Alumna: A woman who has been initiated, was an active sister, and then went through a ceremony to become an alumna for graduation.

  • Advisor: An alumna who serves in an advisory role to provide guidance for a chapter.

  • Big/Little Sister: An active member that is assigned by a mutual process to be a mentor to a new member.

  • Badge: The pin of an initiated member indicating membership in the fraternity or sorority.

  • Bid: An invitation from a chapter to join the organization

  • Greek: An informal or general name used for a member of a fraternity or sorority.

  • Initiation: Ritualistic ceremony during which new members receive lifelong membership.

  • Ritual: Secret ceremonies performed by fraternity and sorority chapters, created by their founders, that are an outward depiction of the chapter's stated values, aims, and principles.

  • Legacy: A student who has a sister, mother, and/or grandmother that was a member of a particular chapter. This does not guarantee a bid to an organization.

  • National: Each chapter has a national authority who governs how each chapter will run.

  • New Member Class: A group of women that will go through the New Member Education and Initiation process together.

  • New Member Education Process: The time period a new member will go through for active membership. At Central, programming is set in place at the university level, as well as individual chapters.

  • Philanthropy: A charity that a sorority commits to donate their time to volunteer for or to raise money for through different events.