Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council (IFC) is a semi-structured process. Students interested in joining an IFC fraternity should make every effort to introduce themselves to each chapter and develop a connection with chapter members. To assist in this process, IFC hosts a variety of events that allow recognized fraternities and potential new members (PNMs) to meet. It is important that interested students attend events for each fraternity to determine which fraternity is the best match. 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.
During the fall semester, IFC will be conducting a semi-structured recruitment process consisting of information sessions, council-sponsored events, and chapter events.
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For specific questions regarding the Interfraternity Council recruitment process, please contact Anthony Ciliberto, Assistant Director, at email@example.com.
Info Sessions will provide an overview of the Tulane Fraternity & Sorority community while highlighting the IFC community. The IFC President and IFC Vice President of Recruitment & Retention will host the event and review all necessary materials. PNMs will receive information regarding recruitment including requirements, dates, and logistics through their Tulane email address. Each chapter will be given an opportunity to provide information regarding their chapter and contact information, followed by Q&A with one member from each chapter. After Q&A, potential new members will have the opportunity to visit chapters through a resources fair-style reception. Info sessions were held on the following dates from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: September 29th, October 13th, November 10th, December 1st, and January 19th and 21st.
IFC Sponsored Recruitment Weeks: All events will take place from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. at chapter facilities, on-campus, or other approved locations. Please refer to your Tulane email, WaveSync, and/or IFC Instagram for updates.
Please note: Spring early move-in does not apply for Interfraternity Council (IFC) recruitment. IFC recruitment will begin after classes start.
Please visit tulaneifc.mycampusdirector2.com to register for recruitment. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs staff 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. Please contact Assistant Director, Anthony Ciliberto with any questions regarding the registration process.
Anyone is welcome to attend an IFC recruitment info session 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 met 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.
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 and a 2.5 GPA, 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. 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.
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 35 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 students to join fraternities until the spring semester, we want those students to make an informed decision about whether to join a fraternity and, should 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 3.375. 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 Friday, January 22, 2021, 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–$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, Tulane Interfraternity Council, nor their own (Inter) National Headquarters:
Unrecognized fraternities and sororities are not held to the University or governing council standards that govern their behavior. They operate without oversight, training, and education provided by the staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs nor by any national organization.
Please note: The University is currently working with staff from Kappa Sigma on plans to re-establish their chapter at Tulane. Affiliating with the group of students interested in this effort does not constitute affiliating with an unrecognized organization.