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IFC Men's Recruitment Information

Recruitment is a time for potential new members to meet chapters and for chapter members to get to know potential new members in a relaxed setting. During this time potential new members should ask whatever questions feel pertinent, such as finance, scholarship, activities, housing, and time commitment. This is a time to find a chapter where you feel most comfortable and the men align with your personal values.

More information to come regarding Spring 2021 IFC Recruitment!

Things to know about joining a fraternity
What is a fraternity?

Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. For hundreds of years, fraternities and sororities have brought college students together under a common purpose.  In 1776, the first fraternity was founded and many fraternal organizations for men were founded thereafter. As women were admitted into higher education, women created separate organizations to provide similar experiences.  Black Greek Letter Organizations emerged in the early 1900s creating a space for Black students to find community and resources to pursue higher education. Black Greek Letter Organizations are important part of Black history. In the decades that followed, organizations with a cultural or multicultural focus began to emerge.

While the Interfraterinty Council governs 28 fraternities at UW – Madison, the National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC), comprised of Black Greek Letter Organizations, has 3 active fraternities and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), comprised on cultural or multicultural organizations has, 4 active fraternities.

You can learn more about NPHC’s or MGC’s recruitment/intake process on the FSL Website.

 

What are the benefits of joining a fraternity?

Fraternities provided a sense of community on campus and the chance to build brotherhood on a large campus. Additionally, the fraternal experience can provide leadership and personal development, academic support and recognition, and ways to give back to the campus and Madison community through service and philanthropic endeavors. While joining a fraternity is a large commitment it provides worthy outcomes and rewarding experiences.

Things to consider when joining a fraternity

When considering joining a fraternity, it is important to explore a variety of things to ultimately find the right fit for you. Here are some examples and things to think about:

  • Types of organizations (cultural, academic/professional, religious, etc.)
  • National organization, mission, purpose, and values
  • Expectations of members
  • Chapter size
  • Cost
  • Housing options
Tips and Tricks

The recruitment process it is time for you to figure out what you want in fraternity experience and lifelong membership. It’s important to be yourself and have fun!

  1. Take time to learn about multiple organizations – don’t limit yourself before you’ve explored all of the options.
  2. Ignore stereotypes and misconceptions.
  3. Ask questions! This is the time to ensure all of your questions are answered before choosing an organization that best fits your needs.
  4. Trust your gut – you will likely know which organization is the best fit for you.
  5. Ask for help! Our staff and council leaders are here to support you as you navigate these processes, feel free to reach out with questions or to talk about your options.