Educational Administration, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-3-2013


Roof, L. (2013). Personality and panhellenic sorority recruitment: A quantitative study of personality typology and persistence in formal sorority recruitment practices. Masters Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Professor Miles T. Bryant. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Laura A. Roof


Since the inception of Greek life in the late 18th century, the organizations involved have gained attention for both their positive and negative contributions to society. One particular aspect of Greek life that has not always received positive attention, is formal sorority recruitment, which is the main method used by sororities to obtain to new members. In light of this negative attention, this study aims to investigate a positive characteristic of Formal Sorority Recruitment; the type of person or personality it takes to successfully complete the formal recruitment process.

The purpose of this exploratory quantitative research study is to explore the relationship between the independent variable of persistence during the 2012 Panhellenic Formal Sorority Recruitment, as well as the dependent variable of personality typology as measured by the Myers-Briggs Personality Typology Inventory administered by Skills One. The population for this study was comprised of undergraduate women seeking membership in National Panhellenic Conference Sororities via the formal sorority recruitment process at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2012. The researcher used the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator and data collected by the UNL Office of Greek Affairs to assess correlations between personality typology and persistence within formal sorority recruitment. No significant correlations were found regarding personality typology and persistence in formal sorority recruitment, however, important implications regarding “No Frills” recruitment, Values-Based recruitment, and recruitment guide programming were derived.

Advisor: Miles T. Bryant