Clemson University – Sorority Recruitment

Adorable Clemson bid day photos provided and used with permission by Madeline L.

Have that Clemson acceptance letter in hand? Congratulations! If you’re planning to participate in sorority recruitment this fall when you get there, read on…

Whether you’ve officially committed, narrowed things down, or maybe just started researching schools – if you’re interested in learning more about the sorority recruitment process at Clemson, you’re in the right place.

Clemson has 13 National Panhellenic sorority chapters and over 3,000+ girls involved in Greek life! That’s huge! Its formal recruitment process takes place in the fall right before the semester begins, and it’s one of the biggest in the country.

The full list of Clemson Panhellenic Sorority Chapters:

  1. Alpha Chi Omega
  2. Alpha Delta Pi
  3. Alpha Phi
  4. Chi Omega
  5. Delta Delta Delta
  6. Delta Gamma
  7. Delta Zeta
  8. Gamma Phi Beta
  9. Kappa Delta
  10. Kappa Kappa Gamma
  11. Pi Beta Phi
  12. Sigma Kappa
  13. Zeta Tau Alpha

Clemson 2023 Formal Sorority Recruitment Schedule & Rush-Related Move-in Info *updated with this fall’s recruitment dates!

June 25th – Registration Opens

August 1st – Registration Closes

August 15th – PNM Move-in

August 16th – PNM Convocation (think of this as sorority rush orientation!)

August 17th-18th – Round 2

August 19th-20th – Round 3

August 21st – Preference Round

August 22nd – Bid Day!!

Clemson University 2023 rush – know before you go!

Sorority recruitment does NOT begin in August.

  • Even though the University of Clemson Panhellenic website says otherwise, recruitment DOES NOT BEGIN IN AUGUST with formal recruitment. The sororities start making lists of PNMs they’re excited about in spring of the girls’ senior year. At OU, it’s not just important – it’s absolutely essential to get on the recruitment team’s radar as soon as you commit so that the chapter is aware of your existence.

At OU, Letters of Recommendation are a MUST.

  • How does a PNM get on a recruitment team’s radar if they don’t know current members at that chapter? One way is with Letters of Recommendation / also called Recruitment Information Forms (RIFs).
    • If you do not know anyone in the chapters (and even if you do) you should STILL obtain these.
    • The University of Oklahoma has an extremely competitive recruitment process, and you absolutely need these if you plan to rush here.
    • Why? Aside from the fact that turning these in shows interest, if you don’t personally know anyone and you aren’t able to register for recruitment this year until June 25th, 2023 (when the Clemson registration goes live), turning in Letters of Recommendation helps the sorority chapters:
      • 1) know of your existence
      • 2) get to know you before recruitment and most importantly – get excited about you!

Think of it this way: if the chapters don’t know about you ahead of time, they can’t get excited about you during recruitment and it’s easier to slip through the cracks. It’s like expecting a cute guy from one of your 100+ person college classes who doesn’t know you yet to ask you out. You could be the cutest, funniest, most interesting girl in the class, but if you haven’t introduced yourself, a date’s pretty unlikely, right?

Click here for our Sorority Recruitment Guide with a step-by-step Checklist & Action Plan!

Do not ignore the deadlines!
There are 1000+ of you and about 4 members on each sorority chapter’s recruitment team.

  • In order to maximize your chances of receiving more invites back, Clemson Letters of Recommendation are due on – or even better, before – May 1, regardless of the listed dates on the Clemson University Panhellenic website & Instagram account, Clemson sorority websites, and your city’s local Panhellenic Association’s suggested dates.
    • Yes, technically you can turn them in later, but think of this like you would a job application.
    • If a company opens a job application for 90 days, sure you absolutely can apply the day before they take it down. But if they’ve already found the right candidates and they’re excited about them, and there are only so many open jobs – what do you think your chance of getting that job is going to be? Less likely than the earlier applicants with similar qualifications – that’s for sure.
    • Ignore the misleading deadlines you see that are designed to make everyone feel included and have your Letters of Rec turned in by May 1st if you want to maximize your chances of receiving more invites from more chapters. (If you’re reading this after May 1st – deep breath, don’t panic. You’re behind, BUT it’s still better to turn them in ASAP vs. not at all. Not sure if it’s still worth doing? Depends on how far along in the summer you are.) *If you’re unsure if you’ve missed the window for recommendations, you’re welcome to contact us and we can help you fully understand what to do / when it’s due / and how to expedite this process.
    • We can help PNMs navigate this entire process surrounding what these letters are, where to turn them in, and who can/should complete them, but we can’t do anything after the window to turn them in closes. What are Letters of Recommendation (LORs), Recruitment Information Forms (RIFs), and Letters of Support (LOS)? Read our 5-min blog post.

Get your social media in order!

And we don’t mean just make sure it’s *appropriate*.

If someone searches for your name, are you findable? Let’s say the sorority girls DO find their way to your Insta – what will they learn? Are there enough photos to help them get to know you and make the online-stalking sesh worth their time?

Or will they find a private account they can’t access?

Do you have OU class of 2027 in your bio yet? A commitment post showing you’ve made your decision? Have you followed all the sororities, and also subscribed to their posts and stories? Have you submitted your class of 2027 introduction post yet to the various groups? We’ve got ALL the Instagram tips for you, and we can’t wait to help you get noticed!

What does your Instagram say about you?

Clemson has a mandatory PNM Video assignment that’s due with sorority registration over the summer.

  • PNMs are required to answer specific prompts and record a video of themselves answering these.
  • This video is due along with registration over the summer prior to formal recruitment and will be factored into your PNM score and impact whether or not you return for round 2. Take it seriously and turn it in early!
  • We help PNMs with these assignments – scripting, filming tips, and suggestions on how to be more memorable in their videos with 1×1 coaching sessions, so if you want guidance – that’s what we’re here for!

Plan to participate in sorority recruitment at the University of Clemson this fall? Don’t risk slipping through the cracks!

Work with a sorority recruitment coach that specializes in Clemson recruitment and cheers as tons of our PNMs happily receive their bids every year!! We’ve been nationally recognized in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Fortune, Elite Daily, and NBC.

A lot of the big decisions with rushees involve paperwork and are made months before recruitment.

We know exactly what the Director of Recruitment Records is looking for on your resume, how the sororities will rank your rec letters on a scale (and how you can get a higher ranking), how best to prepare your rush packets, how the bid list ordering and cut process works, and what you should actually be discussing during each round. (Hint – it’s not what the Panhellenic guides will tell you!)

Working with a rush coach maximizes a PNM’s odds and gives your daughter an advantage long before she steps foot on campus for recruitment so she can go in more relaxed and confident.

It’s just like the SAT – it’s better to go in prepared. Let’s get you (or your daughter) recruitment ready.

Interested in potentially working with a sorority recruitment coach? Schedule a Complimentary Consultation to learn more.

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