Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council (IFC) is a semi-informal process. Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity should make every effort to introduce himself to as many members as possible from each fraternity. To assist in this process, IFC hosts three separate weeks – called Recruitment Weeks – where each fraternity will host an open recruitment event for one night during that week. It is important that interested students attend events for each fraternity to determine which fraternity is the best fit. Even students who aren’t sure if they’d like to join an IFC fraternity should attend recruitment events to learn more and make an educated decision.
A bid is an invitation to join an organization. Tulane students may not join a fraternity or sorority until they’ve earned 12-credit hours, approved by Tulane. We believe it is important for students to adjust to college life before deciding whether to join a Greek organization. Deferring the process of bid extension and acceptance until this time allows the students to truly find the right fit.
In January, IFC holds its formal bid signing week that culminates on Bid Day. This year, Bid Day is on Friday, January 24, 2020. Although recruitment events are in full swing throughout the fall semester or even though a fraternity member says his fraternity will extend you a bid, it is important to note that fraternities may not extend official bids to first-year students until Bid Day.
Follow IFC on Instagram for the latest information about recruitment!
Greek Sno-Ball Social
Tuesday, August 27, 4:30 p.m.; Berger Family Lawn
Come enjoy a New Orleans tradition: Sno-Balls! IFC’s Executive Board will be on site to answer any questions and tell you more about recruitment. Also, representatives from each fraternity will be here so you can learn about all of the different fraternities at Tulane. You’ll have also have an opportunity to learn about Tulane’s other councils and register for recruitment..
IFC Informational Table
Thursday, September 5, 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m.; Outside tables near the LBC & McAlister
Tulane’s Interfraternity Council Executive Board will be tabling and passing out snacks. Stop by any time if you missed us at the Sno-Ball Social or have any questions about recruitment, need to register for IFC recruitment, or want to pick up a recruitment flyer.
Monday, October 14 - Thursday, October 17, 7:00-9:00p.m
Sunday, November 10 – Thursday, November 14; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, January 13 – Thursday, January 16; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Follow IFC's Instagram for locations: @tulane_ifc
The first night of each of the above weeks will be a recruitment convocation; attendance is MANDATORY for at least one of these events. You’ll hear from IFC’s Executive Board, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, and representatives from each chapter. On each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, there will be two or three open recruitment events. Each fraternity will host one event during the week; events are casual and designed so you can visit multiple fraternity events each night.
Final Recruitment Week
January 20 - 23, 2020
In January the IFC fraternities host a final week of recruitment events. Monday through Thursday, each fraternity hosts its own invitation-only events in the afternoons and evenings. On Friday, January 24, students come to LBC (room TBD) between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to see if any fraternities have issued them a bid.
Online registration is required to participate in IFC Recruitment. Remember that to join a fraternity you must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at Tulane with at least 12 credit hours and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. You may not be on disciplinary probation or deferred suspension. Interested students must also complete the Potential New Member Education Series.
The early registration deadline for recruitment is Friday, December 6, 2019. After that date, the registration fee increases from $50 to $60. Late registration will be available until Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Click here to complete the online registration process. The staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs will verify students' credit hours, GPAs, and student conduct status once grades are posted after final exams. Please note: Students, not their parents or guardians, must complete the registration form.
Important Eligibility Information
Anyone is welcome to attend an IFC Recruitment Convocation or Recruitment Week open event at a fraternity house. However, please be aware of the following requirements for joining an IFC fraternity:
To be eligible to receive a bid, you must register for IFC Recruitment, and you must have meet all of the minimum requirements for joining a fraternity or sorority. No exceptions will be made. To learn more about the minimum requirements, visit greek.tulane.edu/prospective-members.
Additionally, anyone interested in joining an IFC fraternity must attend at least one Recruitment Convocation and at least one Recruitment Week event for each fraternity. Attendance will be tracked, and no exceptions will be made. Recruitment Convocations take place on the Monday of each Recruitment Week; there is no need/benefit to attend more than one Recruitment Convocation. Each fraternity will host one event each Recruitment Week so there will be at least three opportunities to attend a recruitment event for each fraternity. You are encouraged to attend all events put on by each fraternity, and you should be proactive about attending these events and Recruitment Convocation.
What requirements must I fulfill in order to participate?
All requirements and their details can be found here.
How many members can each fraternity take each spring?
Interfraternity Council fraternities admit members they feel are a good fit, without any restrictions on the number they may take. In the last few years IFC new member classes have ranged from as few as ten to as many as 45 members, with the average size being 20-25.
I registered for recruitment early in the fall so the fraternities would know I'm interested. Do I still need to go to their events?
Our fraternities use the registration system to help them keep track of everyone who is interested in fraternity membership, but they rely much more on the in-person interactions they have with students. They want to be sure they are really able to get to know the people they invite to join their organization. Students who simply register for recruitment and then don't attend any events – or only attend the bare minimum of events – are less likely to receive a membership bid.
I thought Tulane didn't allow recruitment until the spring; why are there recruitment events in the fall?
While Tulane doesn't allow student to join fraternities until the spring semester, we want those students to make an informed decision about whether to join a fraternity, and if they decide to do so, which one to join. Taking time throughout the fall to get to know members of each fraternity in relaxed, casual settings allows students to focus on academics without feeling pressure to rush into a decision about fraternity membership.
Do you make exceptions to the requirements to go through recruitment?
No. Our IFC chapters have a strong commitment to academic achievement; the all-IFC GPA is currently 3.221. Interested men should display a similar commitment and prioritize their academic responsibilities before seeking fraternity membership. Likewise, our fraternities and sororities expect members to hold themselves to higher standards of personal behavior than the average student might. Therefore students who are not in good disciplinary standing with the University are not eligible to join these organizations.
Fraternities that extend bids to students who do not meet the eligibility requirements to join will be subject to charges under the Code of Student Conduct.
What if I am trying to resolve an issue with a grade in a course (make-up exam, received an incomplete, petitioning to have a grade changed, waiting for transfer credits, etc.)?
All issues with GPAs or credit hours must be reconciled, with documentation provided to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs, by Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST.
How much does it cost to be in a fraternity?
The first semester of membership is generally the most expensive, because there are one-time new member, initiation, and badge fees. Costs in the first semester average $600 - $1500. Thereafter they range from $500 to $1200 per semester.
Can I visit fraternity houses in the fall?
Absolutely, provided that you have been invited to do so. Fraternity houses are private residences that students live in; they are not open for people to wander into. Just as you wouldn't want someone you don't know walking into your family's home uninvited, you shouldn't enter a fraternity house uninvited. If you are invited to a fraternity house, either for a social event or other activity, you should not bring others along with you, unless a member has specifically told you that you may.
Can upperclassmen join fraternities?
Yes, though different fraternities have different practices about upperclassmen. Some chapters decide to take a new member class in the fall semester, and provided that students meet the minimum eligibility requirements, they may join in the fall. However many fraternities only take new members in the spring.
The following organizations are currently not recognized by Tulane University or the Tulane Interfraternity Council:
The University discourages students from joining a fraternity that we do not recognize. Unrecognized fraternities are not held to the University or Interfraternity Council standards that govern their behavior. They operate without the oversight, training and education provided by staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs. The organizations listed above all had chapters at Tulane in the past, but they are not on campus now.