Fraternity & Sorority Life

General Overview of Recruitment

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”. Or through the late bid process.  

IFC Formal Recruitment is organized into two phases:

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

  • Phase Two: These events are private and “invite only”.  Participating students must have met institutional eligibility requirements and received individual invitations from chapters to attend.

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 2022 Recruitment TImeline and Events:

Registration Opens: December 2021 (See below for Registration information)

(Phase 1) - Information Session: Thursday, January 6th at 7PM in the Michigan Union Ballroom

(Phase 1) - Open Forum: Friday, January 7th in the Michigan League Ballroom

    Last Names A-L attend from 7-8PM

    Last Names M-Z attend from 8-9PM

Every fraternity will be tabling and this is a great opportunity to meet all of the IFC chapters at the University of Michigan

(Phase 1) - Open Houses: Tuesday, January 11th - Thursday, January 13th

 Visit all of the chapter houses, meet their brothers, and continue to learn more about the fraternities through the open houses. Open Houses will take place from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on these days.

Tuesday 1/11/2022 Wednesday 1/12/2022 Thursday 1/13/2022     
Beta Theta Pi Lambda Chi Alpha Alpha Delta Phi
Phi Kappa Psi Phi Delta Theta Alpha Tau Omega
Psi Upsilon Pi Kappa Alpha Delta Sigma Phi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Nu Delta Tau Delta
Theta Delta Chi Triangle Theta Xi

(Phase 2) - Invite Only Events: Tuesday, January 18th - Sunday, January 23rd

    Invite only events typically hosted at Chapter Houses. Each individual chapter sets their own schedule for these events and will be in contact with students participating in rush regarding invitations. (Tip: You should meet and demonstrate interest to as many chapters as possible throughout Phase 1 in order to get invited back for Phase 2 events)

Bid Signing Day: Tuesday, January 25th 9AM - 4PM in the Michigan Union - Kuenzel Room

Students who received a “bid” (invitation to join) from chapters must show-up in person to officially sign their bid with the Chapter and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). In order to sign a bid with a fraternity, recruitment registration must be completed (see section below). 

Recruitment Registration:

Students interested in participating in IFC recruitment must complete the registration process for rush and must meet the institutional eligibility for recruitment. Individual chapters may have additional new member requirements. 

The deadline to register is Wedneday, January 19, 2022 at Noon (updated)

Step One - Enroll in and complete the CANVAS Educational Module for Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Step Two - Register for formal recruitment through the Recruitment & Intake Gateway (RIG), and select IFC as council interest. By following the steps on RIG, potential new members will be checked for meeting institutional requirements and eligibility verification. Listed here is the criteria for institutional eligibility.

Step Three - Complete Impact Training on Canvas prior to the conclusion of Invite Only Events on January 23rd.


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 institutional eligibility requirements and the IFC Impact Training Requirement in order to participate in Phase Two of 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 the 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. 

What is Impact Training?

Impact Training is a 60-90 minute online educaitonal program that provides valuable information about bystander behavior, hazing education, and the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Impact Training Canvas Link 

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 with direct questions.  Contact List

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