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August 11, 2012

Oklahoma State University sororities sign 754 on Bid Day

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University’s 12 sororities added 754 pledges to their ranks Saturday as Bid Day concluded the Panhellenic sorority recruitment process, the university’s coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs said.

The recruitment process started Aug. 5 with 853 females visiting the sororities that day and Monday, coordinator Liz Osborne said. The potential pledges went to a computer lab to narrow their sorority list while the 12 sorority chapters did the same. The computer system then generated a list matching the requests.

The visits and winnowing continued the rest of the week with bids extended Saturday.

Osborne said she was pleased by the 88.39 percent retention rate which found all 12 sororities achieving their minimum quota of 61 pledges.

“Almost a 90 percent retention rate is great for a campus our size,” Osborne said. “This is the first year since I started here in 2009 that this (each chapter achieving quota) has occurred.”

Oklahoma State added a sorority in April.

Alpha Omicron Pi is the first new sorority at OSU since 1979 when Phi Mu came to campus.

The new sorority raised the excitement level during recruitment week, Osborne said.

OSU’s fraternities recruit during the summer. The university’s 21 fraternities received pledge cards from 544 students, a 14 percent increase from 2011, an OSU spokesman said.

Approximately 3,200 students are part of OSU’s Greek community.

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