It’s the big mystery…”How do sororities decide how many girls they can invite to each round of parties during recruitment?”

For some of us we worry about this from the moment we sign up for the recruitment process.  It’s the dreaded words “competitive recruitment” that makes our palms sweat and our hearts race!  You know which schools I’m talking about.  Many of you who read this, in a little over 2 months will be starting the process at one of these “competitive recruitment” schools.  So the question is asked…..”How do sororities decide how many girls they can invite to each round of parties during recruitment?”

A little history lesson…  :).

Back in the day when I participated in recruitment each individual sorority determined how many girls they would bid and what their maximum amount of girls they would invite back to each party.  The result was that many sororities would “hold on” to girls until preference and then let them go.  This resulted in girls, who I might add were top girls, not getting bids.  In addition it seemed that the same pool of girls (again the “top” girls) were coveted by all of the houses.  There were still lists and quota and the process did work..well sort of, but in recent years and the popularity of “going Greek” the National Panhellenic council knew that a new system needed to be implemented.

Thus…the Release Figures Management system was born. Also called RFM, this system is basically a way to manage Formal Recruitment, putting all of the chapters on campus on even footing.

Here’s how it works :).

Statistics and numbers from past years recruitment events are kept showing how many girls elected to return each sorority’s events.  It is these figures that are used to determine how many girls are invited back to a sorority’s events this year.  The past three years of events are analyzed.  Panhellenic looks at Quota (the number of girls who received bids) from the previous years as well as the number of events and the average percentage of girls returning to parties.

Here’s an example:

Lets say at college XYZ there are 7 NPC groups on campus.  For this particular round of recruitment there are 5 events held during the day and 125 PNM’s are registered to attend.  Last year each sorority bid 18 girls on Bid Day.

Sorority ABC had a return rate of 82%…meaning 82% of PNM’s returned to this sorority for parties over the pst 3 years.

To determine how many girls can be invited back you take Quota (18) times events (5) = 90 (Y) divided by % (in this case 82). That equals 110. So sorority ABC can invite a MAXIMUM of 110 girls back to round two parties.

The RFM is meant to make larger sororities cut more girls early on instead of keeping girls until the last minute and cutting hard at the end, while smaller groups can invite back more girls early on and increase their numbers.  RFM usually results in more chapters taking quota and more PNM’s receiving bids.  This is only true if the PNM’s maximize their options (return to all of the parties they are invited to, attend preference and sign a bid card with out single intentional preferencing).  Single Intentional Preferencing is also called “Suiciding” and is when a PNM only writes one sorority on her bid card even though she attended the maximum amount of preference parties.  This is not advised!!!

So are you more confused….just know that RFM is a good thing :).  It is there for the PNM’s benefit as well as the sorority’s. Most campuses use RFM currently.  An example of one campus that does not is The University of Indiana.  Indianan still uses what is called “bed quota”..simply meaning that each sorority only takes the amount of girls they had beds for.  Each year the internet is inundated with horror stories about young women who go through recruitment at Indiana and do not receive bids.

RFM is not perfect and occasionally there are girls who have attended 3 preference parties and still do not receive a bid…it’s rare but it does happen occasionally. This is called cross cutting.  What happens to those girls and how does this occur????

Check back tomorrow and I will continue enlightening you on bid matching and how panhellenics have instituted a system to prevent cross cutting.  Also just a little advertisement for upcoming post on “The Process of Recruitment..a mock recruitment scenario”.  Happy Friday!!!!