Fraternity & Sorority Life

General Overview

Students interested in joining an Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity can do so by participating in the IFC’s semi-structured formal recruitment process - this is sometimes referred to as “Rush”. Interested individuals can also receive a “late bid” after the formal recruitment period closes. 

IFC Formal Recruitment is organized into two phases:

  • Phase One: These events are open to all interested students so they may explore and engage chapters. 

  • Phase Two: These events are private and “invite only”.  Participating students must have met institutional eligibility requirements.

All fraternities affiliated with our campus IFC participate in this process. (Check here for affiliated campus IFC member chapters). The formal recruitment period typically occurs within the first few weeks of the fall and winter semester. 

Winter 2021 Recruitment Information

January 19, 2021 - Virtual Information Event  7:00pm

January 25-January 29, 2021 - Virtual Open Houses (Schedule of Events)

January 30-February 13, 2021 - Invitation Only events

February 19, 2021 -Online Bid Acceptance

UPDATE: Due to the recent Washtenaw County Stay at Home Order (expired 2/7/21). The Interfraternity Council has altered its recruitment schedule for Winter 2021.

  • Invitation Only events may now occur between January 25 and February 20, 2021
  • IFC Bid Day will be February 25, 2021
  • New Member Orientation is February 28, 2021

The IFC Executive Board has heavily reinforced the stay at home recommendation and that any in person gatherings sponsored by an affiliated organization or on behalf of one will not be tolerated and that the point of this extension is for chapters to either halt recruitment or continue virtual events as positive COVID-19 cases have risen.

Any in person events following the expiration of the recommendation must be consistent with public health guidelines and University/CCI policies. Those policies can be found here. Virtual invite events are and will remain available for the chapters to conduct. New Member education processes should not begin until the end of the formal recruitment process.


2020-2021 Recruitment - COVID-19 Preparations

IFC has determined that all council supported recruitment events will be hosted virtually. Individual chapters may choose to host “invite only” in person events which must be consistent with all relevant public health practices and University COVID-19 policies. 

IFC Formal Recruitment Requirements

Students interested in participating in phase two of formal recruitment with an affiliated IFC fraternity must meet institutional and IFC eligibility requirements.  Additionally, individual chapters may have new member requirements. 

Institutional Eligibility Requirements

The University of Michigan is committed to providing a best-in-class, first-year experience to help students make a successful transition to college, reach their full potential and thrive on campus and beyond. As such, participation in fraternity and sorority intake or recruitment at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus, requires that a student meets this criteria.  

IFC Requirements

In addition to the institutional eligibility requirements, IFC requires students participate in an educational program called Impact Training. This must be completed prior to bid acceptance and is verified as part of the eligibility verification process.  

Beginning Fall 2020, the program will be online in Canvas.  Students must complete the module and required testing prior to receiving a bid. Impact Training provides valuable information about bystander behavior, hazing education, and the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.  

Impact Training Canvas Link

Formal Recruitment Phase One 

All interested students should do the following if they anticipate joining an IFC affiliated chapter:

  • Learn more about IFC and the affiliated chapters by participating in informational events.  

    • Students who are not eligible may NOT attend invitation only events. - see list of opportunities below

  • Register for recruitment. (winter recruitment will open in January 2021)

    • If you are not institutionally eligible this will serve as an “interest form” which will permit IFC and the FSL office to send you updates and information when you are permitted to participate in IFC Formal Recruitment Phase Two events.  

  • Begin the verification process.  

    • The system will notify a student of their progress in Recruitment and Intake Gateway.  

    • Remember to return to the Recruitment and Intake Gateway once additional requirements have been met (such as completing 12 credits) so your status can be updated. 

  • Consider completing Impact Training  if you haven’t met institutional eligibility requirements this semester, attending Impact training now will be one less thing for you to complete in the future.

    • This must be done prior to being offered a bid.

Phase Two Explanation & Requirements

After attending and participating in exploratory and informational events, chapters will begin hosting “invite only events” - this portion of recruitment is no longer considered “open” and requires all participating students to meet institutional eligibility and IFC requirements. 

These include:


Fall 2020 Information Events

IFC Informational Online Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions 

What fraternities are affiliated with the Interfraternity Council?

Click here for a list of organizations affiliated with IFC.

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

Students will need to meet the eligibility requirements at Michigan in order to participate in Phase Two the recruitment process.  Check the full requirements but note that students must have 12 post secondary credits and therefore first semester students must wait until at least January to participate in a phase two process.  

Can I attend any events while waiting to be eligible?

Students can attend open events sponsored by the IFC or any member chapters. See dates above and the list of activities for all students

What are Chapter Opens Houses?

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. One of these is Chapter Open Houses. This is  a great opportunity for potential new members to ask important questions about the time commitment, financial obligations, housing, and any other expectations that go along with membership.

After Chapter Open Houses, men should have a good idea of a small number of chapters they wish to pursue during Phase Two  - Invitation only events.

Do I have to register?

Yes. You must register with IFC and complete all required steps in order to receive a bid. 

Registration for winter formal recruitment will open January 11, 2021

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 (depending 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 is paid online at the time you accept your bid.

If I have questions about a specific chapter who do I contact?

Contact individual chapters

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