Sorority recruitment turnout reaches new peak

Participation in recruitment for GW’s 10 Panhellenic sororities hit an all-time high this fall, with a nearly 15 percent jump in applications.

A record 715 women completed the application process and will go through formal recruitment, which begins today and runs through Tuesday.

Panhellenic Association President Sara Fischer said she’s happy with the heightened interest.

“We are excited to see how this year’s recruitment will pan out,” Fischer said.

Last year, 618 women participated in recruitment, just a 3 percent increase from 2009. In recent years, interest in recruitment has escalated, growing more than 20 percent from 2007 to 2010.

Recruitment practices were revamped this fall to promote a process that is more inclusive and unbiased for the potential new Greek members, adding off-campus housing for recruitment counselors while upping fees for participants.

This year’s increase in applicants reflects a long-term trend of climbing interest in Greek life on campus. The Panhellenic population doubled between 2002 and 2010, reaching 1,341 women last year.

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