Fraternity & Sorority Life

Men interested in joining an Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity may participate in an open, semi-structured recruitment process. This occurs at the beginning of the fall and winter academic terms and provides multiple opportunities for both fraternities and potential members to interact. Through a series of public information events and informal gatherings with individual fraternities, students have ample time to find the right organization for them. These events include:

  • Mass Meeting
  • IFC Open Forum
  • Impact Training (mandatory education session)
  • Chapter Open Houses
  • Chapter Invite Only Events

The Process

During IFC recruitment it is important for interested men to thoroughly explore all opportunities available to them. The semi-structured recruitment process provides students with a series of events which allow them to narrow down the chapters in which they are interested. The IFC Open Forum is the start of the Formal IFC Recruitment period. This event is where students get an idea of which fraternities they want to learn more about and visit during Open Houses. All recruiting chapters will have a table at this event.

Each semester a series of open houses are held where a limited number of chapters host events on designated nights. The chapters are grouped geographically, allowing potential members to visit as many chapters as they like. After Chapter Open Houses, men should have a good idea of a small number of chapters they wish to pursue. As the days proceed, chapters will issue invitations to upcoming events. This provides feedback as to chapters’ intentions. This is also a great opportunity for potential new members to ask important questions about time commitment, financial obligations, housing, and any other expectations that go along with membership.

Next chapters will hold invitation only events. Then each fraternity will provide IFC with a list of men to whom they are extending bids. On a designated day, potential new members will then meet with representatives from IFC to receive their bids. It is possible to receive more than one bid, but a student may only accept one.

To be eligible to accept a bid, the student must have completed the following:

  • Pre-recruitment Module
  • Impact Training
  • IFC Registration
  • Member Information Form

Registering for Recruitment - Registration is currently closed -

Before registering for recruitment, you must first complete a brief 20 minute educational module. Please click the link below to complete the module and register for recruitment.

Pre-Recruitment Module (Complete this prior to registration)


Frequently Asked Questions 


Do I have to register?

Yes. You must register with IFC prior to the end of the recruitment period and complete all required steps in order to receive a bid. To register, please click here. The sooner you register, the earlier that IFC and chapters will have access to your contact information in order for you to be contacted about upcoming events.

Registration for fall recruitment will open in late August or early September.

Registration for winter recruitment will open in January.

Should I attend the IFC Open Forum?

The IFC Open Forum allows students an opportunity to explore all the IFC members chapter in one location. Meeting members at this event enables students to determine which chapters to visit during Chapter Open House.

Should I attend Chapter Open Houses?

During Chapter Open Houses students spend additional time getting to know more members and learn more about the chapter they are interested in. Chapter Open Houses are assigned geographically to allow students the opportunity to explore a number of chapter in one evening. 

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January 15

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If I participate in recruitment, do I have to join?

No. There is nothing to lose by participating in recruitment and there is no obligation to join. If you are offered a bid you may decide to accept, decline, or defer to another time (dependant on chapter policies).

Can I receive more than one bid?

Yes, you may receive more than one bid, but you can accept only one.

Is there a fee to join a fraternity?

Besides the financial obligations to your fraternity, there is a $30 fee that is paid to IFC when you accept your bid. This may be paid electronically or to the council via chapters depending on the semester.

Am I eligible to join an IFC chapter during any semester I am enrolled at Michigan?

Currently students may join an IFC chapter during either fall or winter semesters. In Fall 2019 students will need to meet the eligibility requirements at Michigan in order to participate in the recruitment process.


Winter 2019 Dates

IFC Open Forum

Michigan League Ballroom

Sunday January 13, 2019

Last Names A-L  7:00pm

Last  Names M-Z 8:00pm

Impact Training (Mandatory Education Session)

Follow this link to register for a session. You must attend an Impact Training PRIOR to Bid Day (2/4/19) in order to be eligible for a bid.

Chapter Open Houses - Round One

Monday January 14, 2019 6:00-9:00pm

Tuesday January 15, 2019 6:00-9:00pm

Chapter Open Houses - Round Two

Wednesday January 23, 2019 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday January 24, 2019 6:00-9:00pm

Chapter Invitation Only Events

January 28-31, 2019

Bid Signing Day

Monday, February 4, 2019


If you have any questions please contact the fraternity & sorority life