Dress to Impress for Sorority Recruitment

Sorority recruitment is in just a matter of days and many girls are asking what the recruitment process is like, what to expect, what to say, and the most important question of all: what to wear!

Sorority recruitment is a time for you to find your best friends and your home away from home. In the few short days of recruitment, you will feel waves of emotion, all ending with the feeling of happiness on Bid Day! Her Campus is here to help answer your questions while you go through sorority recruitment. Have you been through the recruitment process before? Well we're here to make you feel nostalgic about your sorority recruitment.

First Round: Boards

The first round of recruitment is the most causal round. The rule of thumb when it comes to recruitment is it is better to be over dressed than underdressed. Dress up your recruitment t-shirt with a cute necklace or your favorite earrings. If you have a piece of jewelry that means something to you, wear it! It will be a great conversation topic between you and a sorority member. One important thing to remember throughout all rounds of recruitment is to avoid wearing a watch. Constantly looking at the time or fidgeting with your wrist can give off the impression that you are uninterested in the conversation topic. Avoid your temptation all together and leave your watch at home.

Round Two: Philanthropy Round

Each round gets a little bit dressier. Round two will be focused on what each sorority choses as their philanthropy and what they do each year to give back. Think of round two like you are going to church on Sunday morning or dinner with your family. It is a little bit dressier than first round, but don’t break out the heels/wedges just yet. A cute skirt and blouse with your favorite pair of sandals is always a good option. You can play with your makeup a little bit more. Have a favorite shade of lipstick? Wear it!

Round Three: Sisterhood Round.

Round three of recruitment sets the tone for your preference night. Keep in mind that you have one more night to dress up, but you still want to look well put-together. A nice dress with a pair of wedges or dressy sandals is a good option.  Dress up your outfit with a pair of big earrings or a chunky necklace. Think of your Easter Sunday best when it comes to Sisterhood night.

Round Four: Preference Night.              

When preference night comes around, you have narrowed down your options to two sororities. Preference night is the most serious out of all the rounds, therefore the dressiest. For preference night, try wearing a dress for a formal dinner with wedges or heels. The outfit you put together for this night should also reflect some of your personality because it is one last way to show who you are. Preference night is a special night when going through sorority recruitment because you are so close to finding your home!

*Try to avoid wearing anything too short, too tight, or too revealing. You want to send a positive message to the sororities you visit.


By now you know what to wear each day of recruitment. However, you may still have some questions about conversation topics during recruitment. We're here to help you out!

First round conversation topics are very light and personable. The sorority members want to know a little bit about you. First round is also a time for you to get to know the sorority. Some questions you can ask:

  • How do you know this sorority was meant for you?
  • What is your favorite part of your chapter?
  • Is this sorority involved on campus?
  • What are the payment options for this sorority?

As the rounds go on, each conversation gets deeper. You are encouraged to talk about important things that have happened in your life that has made you the person you are today.

Keep in mind that the first couple of rounds of recruitment can be awkward and very nerve-racking. Take these Her Campus tips as you go through sorority recruitment to find the best sorority for you! 

Good luck at recruitment!