On May 2nd, 2015, the California Xi Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was founded at the University of San Diego. Over the past two years, our chapter has grown and flourished. We currently have over 100 active members who are involved in a wide range of clubs and activities on campus in addition to being Pi Phis!
Formal Panhellenic Recruitment at the University of San Diego takes place in January. This year, Panhellenic recruitment will be held from January 23-28th, 2018. Register for recruitment at usdpanhellenic.com.

Pi Phi chapters use our six core values to help determine recruitment decisions. The movement towards values-based recruitment focuses conversations on organizational values, principals, and standards – ensuring that PNMs are joining a sisterhood that reflects what they hope to get out of the sorority experience. Values-based recruitment provides a more realistic setting for a PNM to learn about membership expectations and what life looks like after joining an organization. 

The following eleven statements are either true or false:

1. Every Potential New Member (PNM) needs a recommendation letter submitted on her behalf in order to receive a bid to membership.  
FALSE! Pi Phi’s recommendation letter is called the Recruitment Information Form, or RIF. RIFs are not required, but they are very helpful! Only Pi Phi alumnae are allowed to complete and submit a RIF. If a PNM does not know a Pi Phi alumna to write a RIF for her, she may email recruitment@pibetaphi.org to be put into contact with an alumna from her area.

2. Academic achievements, community involvement and leadership roles during both high school and college will benefit a PNM during the recruitment process.  
TRUE! According to the National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements, a college Panhellenic may not require a scholastic grade point average as a condition for a woman's participation in the membership recruitment process. Panhellenic members on campus will notify women going through recruitment of individual chapter GPA requirements. To become an initiated member of Pi Beta Phi, a New Member must have a GPA of 2.0 or above.

3. A copy of your resume, your transcripts, and multiple photos must be submitted to the collegiate chapter in order for your RIF to be written by an alumna or accepted by a chapter.  
FALSE! All that must be sent to the chapter is one completed RIF.An alumna is welcome to submit a photo and/or resume to the collegiate chapter along with their completed RIF, however when the PNM signs up for formal recruitment through the university, she is often required to provide that information herself. High school transcripts do not need to be provided to the chapter, as a GPA is requested on the RIF or can be provided by the university. One RIF is all that is necessary.

4. A PNM with multiple RIFs has a better chance of receiving a bid.  
FALSE! One RIF is all that is needed. Multiple RIFs or letters of recommendation do not increase the chances that a chapter will pledge a PNM! Chapters consider whether or not a PNM has sponsorship, not the number of endorsements she has from alumnae.

5. RIFs must be submitted to an alumnae club or to Pi Beta Phi Headquarters.  
FALSE! Once an alumna completes the RIF, she should mail it directly to the collegiate chapter. The chapter’s address and Vice President of Membership’s information can be found on www.pibetaphi.org. RIFs do not have to be mailed to an alumnae club unless requested by the club’s Alumnae Club Recruitment Information Chairman, or ACRIC. Do not mail RIFs to Headquarters.   
6. An alumna can submit a RIF for a PNM participating in recruitment at any university where a Pi Phi chapter exists.  
TRUE! An alumna can submit a RIF for a PNM participating in recruitment at any university where a Pi Phi chapter exists.

7. Both collegiate and alumnae members of Pi Phi can submit a RIF.  
FALSE! An alumnae member can complete both a Legacy Introduction Form and a RIF for the same PNM. A collegiate member cannot submit a RIF, but can submit a Legacy Introduction Form.

8. A legacy of Pi Beta Phi isa daughter, sister, or granddaughter of an initiated member of Pi Phi.  
TRUE! According to Pi Beta Phi’s Constitution and Statutes, a daughter, sister, or granddaughter of an initiated member shall be considered a legacy of the Fraternity. Special consideration shall be given to legacies whose qualifications are comparable to those of other PNMs. Keep in mind that not all National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) groups have the same definition of a legacy; this definition is specific to Pi Phi.

9. A Legacy Introduction Form is the same thing as a Recruitment Information Form.  
FALSE! The Legacy Introduction Form is different from the Recruitment Information Form, or RIF, and does not take its place. Although not required, Pi Phi’s Legacy Introduction Form is a great way to inform a chapter that a legacy may be interested in recruitment. This form can be completed by an alumnae member, collegiate member, or friend of a PNM via Pi Phi’s website. A RIF provides sponsorship to a PNM for membership in Pi Phi; a Legacy Introduction Form does not. The RIF must be completed by an alumnae member and mailed directly to the chapter.

10. A Pi Beta Phi legacy will always receive a bid for membership.

FALSE! Pi Beta Phi recognizes the value of the special relationship between legacies. However, recruitment is a mutual selection process between a PNM and a Pi Phi chapter. Collegiate chapters must invite legacies to a minimum of one invitational round. Should a legacy be invited to Preference Round, she shall be placed at the top of the chapter’s bid list. 

11. If a woman accepts a bid for membership but later decides that sorority is not a right fit, she has the ability to join another organization.  
TRUE! Any woman who signs a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) and receives a bid at the end of the membership recruitment will be bound by the MRABA until the next primary membership recruitment period at the same college or university, according to NPC. This means that if a woman decides to break her pledge to an organization, she must wait until the next formal recruitment to pledge to another organization. However, if a woman is or has ever been an initiated member of an existing NPC fraternity, she shall not be eligible for membership in another NPC fraternity.  

Still have questions about Pi Phi policies or the formal recruitment process? Please email Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Headquarters at recruitment@pibetaphi.org!