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Old 07-19-2013, 08:36 AM
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On the topic of a rec getting written for you that you didn't know about, this is how I got my Kappa rec. There was a woman that I had grown up knowing in my church who was six years older than I was. I had not heard from her since she left for college. I didn't know she was a Kappa until I saw her again at the beginning of my sophomore year when she was advising the chapter at recruitment. Guess who wrote my rec?

I'm sharing my story to say that it can happen that a PNM can have recs she doesn't know about, but I would do everything I could to secure recs to as many chapters as possible at an SEC school. Things don't always work out so serendipitously.

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Old 07-19-2013, 10:51 AM
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Last year, 1100 out of 1400 girls accepted a bid at UGA. Of the 300 who did not accept bid, many received a bid but chose not to accept it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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Hahaha I love that! It sounds like someone needs to stop listening to gossip. This sounds completely untrue!!!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:53 PM
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From official RFM report at UGA. 1399 women registered for recruitment. 1128 women matched for bids. 27 unmatched. 54 released from the system. 90% placement, pretty darn good stats,IMO.

So obviously some voluntarily withdrew from recruitment as well...but not in large numbers....
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:18 PM
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And to translate some of those numbers, the 27 unmatched didn't maximize their options and got zilch. 54 of 1399 got cut, less than 4% (I'm assuming some of those were for grades which can't be helped by the system). 190 dropped out, or 13.5%.

I would say UGA is doing it about right! Some girls are just not going to accept anything but special snowflake status and some will have just been overwhelmed by the process.
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:16 PM
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Thank you for those detailed numbers. I obviously worded my previous post incorrectly and I can understand why I was questioned on it. Sorry about that! I'm new to this world and new to the lingo. I'm glad we ultimately got the facts!
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:34 AM
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I laugh a little when people post crazy numbers, because even at the most competitive schools (Arkansas, Bama, etc.) if you look at the RFM data, placements are usually 90% or above. Meaning that 90% of the women who stick it out, get a bid somewhere.

Now is it always their #1 choice? No. But usually 90% or more of the women participating will get a bid SOMEWHERE, even if it's their second or third choice (for those schools where women pref 3 groups.)
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:14 AM
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With the massive numbers and the daily list making, the time to get a rec for someone who didn't have one in the system is scarce.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:13 PM
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Is it acceptable for a PNM to ask the chapter what percentage of members have Senior status at the school?
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:05 PM
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KitKat, Not really. It's chapter business but I'm curious why'd you'd care to know?
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:18 PM
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Hm, I suppose it could say something about retention. I wonder if there's a polite way to get at that.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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I'm not sure if most would even know a percentage off the top of their head. I think it would just be kind of awkward.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:18 PM
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Yes, it is a retention question. There are more than two dozen reasons WHY a bid class would not retain membership. However, I DO think it is a valid question, but very uncomfortable.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:51 PM
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I don't know that it would necessarily be uncomfortable, but in larger chapters of 100+ members, I think it would be hard to give a quick answer. Maybe asking about what senior members do, or special senior traditions the chapter has could work?

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:51 PM
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Maybe something along the lines of "do you do a senior sendoff? My (possibly fictional) next door neighbor who's in [insert sorority not at your school] just graduated and she was telling me what a special thing it was." If they say they don't have enough seniors for it to have a point, that would be a hint that their retention is crap.

But yeah...very valid question, but very potentially awkward. It also depends whether you want to know this sorority specifically or the campus in general. If it's the latter, you could ask the Greek life office.
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