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.
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We foster excellence through integrity
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IFC Men's Recruitment Information
Important Recruitment Dates
- IFC Virtual Tabling – Sunday, January 31st @ 3 – 6pm
- Zoom link, coming soon!
- Start of Recruitment – Monday, February 1st
- All events completely virtual for the week
- In – person event can start – Monday, February 8th
- At 3rd party venues and must follow Dane County guidlines
- First Round of Bids can be extend – Monday, February 15th
- Conclusion of recruitment – Sunday, April 18th
- IFC Virtual Tabling – Sunday, January 31st @ 3 – 6pm
- The use of chapter property, facilities, chapter member apartments, satellite houses, or other venues for in person meetings for the purpose of recruitment is strictly prohibited.
- The use or encouragement of alcohol or other drugs are prohibited at all recruitment events.
- All events themes and activities must be appropriate, inclusive, and respectful of all backgrounds and identities.
*You can find the spring 2021 recruitment polices here.
Chapters Prohibited for hosting in-person events
Due to the following chapter status with the university the following chapters cannot host in-person events.
- Beta Theta Pi until 4/30/21
- Delta Tau Delta Until 3/1/21
- Phi Kappa Sigma until 3/15/21
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon until 3/1/21
- Zeta Beta Tau until 3/1/21
Updated COVID Recruitment Restrictions
Per the Spring 2021 Recruitment policy, “If a chapter is determined to have a COVID – 19 outbreak within their chapter facility by the UHS COVID response team, the chapter must immediately cancel all in-person recruitment plans” The following chapters in-person recruitments have been paused until further notice.
- Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Quarantine began on 2/5
- Pi Kappa Phi, Quarantine began an 2/9
- Phi Lambda Phi, Quarantine began on 2/5
- Theta Delta Chi, Quarantine began on 2/5
- Tau Kappa Epsilon, Quarantine began on 2/5
Rolling Recruitment: IFC is participating in a rolling recruitment process this spring mean that chapter can host recruitment events through the recruitment period and extend bids/add men to their chapter starting February 15th through April 18th. It is important to note that chapter chapters may conclude their open recruitment process earlier than other chapters. To stay up to date on which chapters are actively recruiting, join the IFC Recruitment Canvas Course!
Bid: A bid is an invitation to membership to a particular fraternity. It is possible to receive more than one bid, but you are only allowed to accept one chapter’s bid. Bids will begin being extended on Monday, February 15th. You will have 96 hours to accept or decline a bid.
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
- 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!
- Take time to learn about multiple organizations – don’t limit yourself before you’ve explored all of the options.
- Ignore stereotypes and misconceptions.
- Ask questions! This is the time to ensure all of your questions are answered before choosing an organization that best fits your needs.
- Trust your gut – you will likely know which organization is the best fit for you.
- 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.