SMU – Sorority Recruitment

SMU Thetas celebrate their new member class on Bid Day 2017

Accepted to Southern Methodist University? Congratulations!

SMU has a large Greek system, and tons of great sororities to join. Here, formal recruitment takes place in the spring (fall recruitment is for upperclassmen only). The 2021 recruitment schedule is currently TBD, but here’s what the schedule normally looks like:

Fall Semester & Pre-Recruitment Activities

Letters of Recommendation / RIFs – SMU has an extremely competitive recruitment process, and you absolutely need these if you plan to rush here. Important date to remember: most PNMs get these in over the summer, prior to the fall semester. If you haven’t turned yours in yet, do so ASAP. (We can help, 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.

Mandatory Information Sessions (usually 2-3): These occur during the fall semester, and potential new members are required to attend both in order to be eligible for spring rush.

Sorority Philanthropy Events – Events vary from sorority to sorority. Events so far this year are almost all virtual.

NEW 2020 recruitment video assignment announced 9/13 – PNMs are to create and submit a recorded video of themself or complete an essay to help the sororities get to know them better prior to recruitment. PS – need help? We’re here to help you with this and any other last-minute requirements they throw your way. Tons of other schools have already been hard at work on these videos, and we have already developed a PNM Recruitment Video Guide + scriptwriting best practices and tips.

Mandatory Orientation Meeting: This always takes place the day before formal recruitment begins. This year’s orientation will take place on January 12th 2021, and attendance is mandatory in order to participate in recruitment.

Sorority Recruitment Schedule (2021 schedule TBD)

bid day SMU sorority recruitment
SMU Sororities:

  1. Alpha Chi Omega
  2. Chi Omega
  3. Delta Delta Delta
  4. Delta Gamma
  5. Gamma Phi Beta
  6. Kappa Alpha Theta
  7. Kappa Kappa Gamma
  8. Pi Beta Phi

If you want to see last year’s recruitment dates and times for references, you can view SMU’s 2019 recruitment schedule here. You can view more information on pricing and GPA requirements here.

Planning to rush this spring at SMU? Consider working the first and only sorority rush coaching program in Texas (and the first of its kind in the nation). A lot of the big decisions with rushees involve paperwork and are made months before recruitment.

Hiking in Heels was featured in the August 2018 Issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine


We know exactly what the Director of Recruitment Records is looking for on your resume, how the houses 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 in the links above.)

Working with a rush coach maximizes a rushees 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.

To apply for the Hiking in Heels program, which was nationally recognized in Cosmopolitan Magazine, call us at (512) 827-7586 or click here to ask any questions you may have.

You don’t have to do this on your own!

Seriously – if you’re even considering working with a sorority rush coach, now is the time. With a likely all virtual recruitment around the corner this spring, a PNM rush video assignment, and limited time for rush dates with the shorter semester, it’s going to be even more important to be prepared.

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