I am so excited that you are interested in joining the Columbia Panhellenic community! If you have any preconceived notions of Greek life, know that this community is unlike any other Greek system. The Panhellenic community at Columbia provides unique opportunities to build a support system within both the chaos of New York and the stress of Columbia University.
Being a part of Theta has shaped my entire Columbia experience. Theta has provided me with unparalleled opportunities to develop leadership skills, prepare for my professional endeavors, and find a community of women that will support me at every step along the way. Despite their vast extracurricular involvement, rigorous academic courses, and various internship and professional commitments, the women in Theta are genuine and selfless. They’re there for any occasion whether it is celebrating success in a class or internship, or bolstering each other through an academic or personal challenge.
The recruitment process may seem overwhelming; I was definitely nervous as I looked forward to the recruitment weekend. But, the best advice that I can give you is to keep an open mind and stay true to yourself. Each of you has so much to offer the Panhellenic community at Columbia. Allow us to get to know you. I chose Theta because it was the organization where I felt most comfortable, but also the organization that I thought would challenge me to grow the most. Theta has become my home and through this organization I have become the best version of myself. Besides, why walk with the rest when you can fly with the best?
Alyssa Estrada, former Chief Recruitment Officer
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is held each year at the beginning of the spring semester in late January. Over the course of the weekend, potential new members have the chance to visit each of the six Panhellenic sororities on campus. On Philanthropy Day, potential new members learn about Kappa Alpha Theta's national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A), and what service means to Columbia Theta. During Development Day, potential new members experience the strength of our sisterhood and learn how Theta fosters personal growth. Preference Night is the final night, and this is an opportunity for active members to share their more personal experience as a member of Theta at Columbia. The entire weekend culminates in a night of celebration on Bid Night, when we welcome our new member class!
Spring 2017 Formal Recruitment will take place January 26-30, 2017. Registration information will be released in November. Find out more information on the Columbia Panhellenic Website.