A Letter from the Director of Recruitment 


My name is Caroline Ringel and I am this year's Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment! I’m thrilled you’re interested in joining a sorority and becoming a member of the great Greek system we have here at RPI. Coming in as a female in a male-dominated school, I was intimidated and skeptical about finding a strong group of women to call my best friends. And it was because of this fear that I first started looking into joining a sorority my fall semester of freshman year. Not only was I lucky enough to find a sorority where I felt like I fit in and could find my future best friends, but I also found a place that  presented me with multiple leadership positions, academic support, volunteering opportunities, and a group of people who push me to be the best version of myself. I was also able to form a deeper bond to the overall RPI campus, as well as develop connections with girls in other houses and the Greek community as a whole. Joining this community can open so many doors for you, just like it did for me. Myself and the entire Panhellenic Council are so excited to introduce you to our amazing community, and potentially help you on your journey to join it.

Panhellenic, or sorority, recruitment is a period of time in which RPI’s sororities extend offers of membership to women on campus. Throughout this process, you will meet many extraordinary women, learn about a variety of philanthropies these sororities support, and potentially find your future home. The primary recruitment period is a very structured process where you will get the opportunity to learn about each individual house and their values/beliefs. It is important to know what is expected of you throughout this process, so I encourage you to read over what each day of primary recruitment is like on our   Fall Recruitment page.

To participate in recruitment, you must sign up prior to the first rotational event. Registration will open on July 16th and will remain open until the start of primary recruitment. However, I highly suggest signing up as soon as possible in order to receive important information regarding dates and events. You can sign up under the Fall Recruitment page.

I can’t wait to meet you and to welcome you into the Panhellenic Community here at RPI! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you have regarding Sorority life, the recruitment process, or Greek life in general. You can reach me at rpi.panhel.vpr@gmail.com. I look forward to helping you through this exciting process

In Panhellenic Spirit,

Caroline Ringel, Vice President of Recruitment

Continuous Open Bidding (COB)

The primary recruitment period for the Rensselaer Panhellenic Association occurs in January, and because College Panhellenic Associations are only allowed to host one formal recruitment per year, the Rensselaer Panhellenic Association does NOT host a formalized fall recruitment. Rensselaer instead has informal recruitment opportunities, so women who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors should attend Greek-wide and individual house events. To learn more about the COB process at Rensselaer, check out our FAQ.

Fall 2019 Recruitment Calendar


If you are interested in participating in the Fall 2019 COB process, please fill out the interest form below!

Dear Parents,

We’re thrilled to be welcoming your daughter into the community of female students at Rensselaer! As you know, RPI is a selective and prestigious institution and your daughter’s acceptance and choice to attend speaks highly to both of your strength, preparation, and efforts, as well as your guidance and encouragement for her to strive for academic success and follow her dreams.

I encourage your daughter to use her time in college to the fullest - to further her academics while also taking the time to grow strong relationships and seek out opportunities to develop as a woman and a leader and to build a strong foundation for lifelong success both in and out of the workplace. Greek and Sorority Life offer an abundance of such opportunities and a large community for your daughter to be a part in on campus. The sorority chapters and Panhellenic Council at Rensselaer hold dearly our values of commitment to lifelong intellectual and personal, the power of the individual and the empowerment of women, and the importance of service, professionalism, and sisterhood. Additionally, RPI’s Panhellenic Community is continually working to foster diversity and inclusivity in sorority life and sees the power and importance of variety of culture, experience, and all the things that make our sorority women unique. Because of these strong values set forth by all sorority organizations, they are reflected in the events, efforts, philanthropies, and opportunities that chapters and the Panhellenic Council provides.

Above all, Rensselaer’s Panhellenic women create a very strong and positive community on RPI’s campus. It is a place where all women are supported, celebrated, and are able to find a group of caring, intelligent, and driven women to call a family when they’re separated from their own.

The entire Panhellenic Community is so excited to welcome your daughter as a member of the Class of 2023 and we hope you will encourage her to consider and explore the countless opportunities that sorority life at Rensselaer has to offer. If you or your daughter have any additional questions, concerns, or would just like some more information about Sorority Life here on campus, please feel free to contact me at rpi.panhel.president@gmail.com - no question or topic is too big or small!

In Panhellenic spirit,

Victoria Gilroy, Panhellenic Council President