How to Join Us
Joining our community is a process, and the path a student takes will change depending on the organization(s) you are interested in exploring. To begin the journey, a student must meet specific requirements and have them verified through the Recruitment & Intake Gateway.
Step One - Getting Started
After deciding to explore the Michigan fraternity and sorority community, students must first complete an online educational course. The Fraternity & Sorority Educational Module will inform students about the councils and affiliated chapters, provide information on expectations of individuals and chapters, introduce students to valuable skills, and encourage students to think about their own values. Students must also pass the final quiz with a 100% score. Don’t worry, you can take it multiple times!
Step Two - Verification
After completing the educational component, students will use the Recruitment and Intake Gateway to request verification they have met all the institutional requirements and if applicable, register for a council’s formal process.
We suggest a student begin in plenty of time to complete all the requirments prior to a process beginning.
The Recruitment and Intake Gateway
Within the Recruitment and Intake Gateway students will do the following:
Authorize access to their academic records in order to verify they meet institutional requirements.
Prompt the system to check their records and view the status of their eligibility verification
Find the links to register for Panhellenic and IFC structured recruitment processes. Registration can be done while waiting for eligiblity to be verified.
Upon entering the Recruitment and Intake Gateway, a student will sign on with their University of Michigan uniqname and password. The system will check each requirement and indicate if a student has passed that requirement. A student may enter the Recruitment and Intake Gateway multiple times allowing them to check their current status or update the date of verification.
Students are encouraged to attend some of the many Engagement Events during the Fall semester to learn more about the the various communities and opportunities available.
Recruitment and Intake Processes
Recruitment and Intake processes differ by organization. The Panhellenic Association (Panhell) sororities regulate their organizations' recruitment, and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities regulate theirs. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) fraternities and sororities have national or regional officers who set the timing and regulations around their recruitment or intake processes. Below you can find details about each of the processes.
It is important to understand the details and any specific deadlines for the process you wish to participate in.
Important Deadlines for eligible students:
Winter 2020 Interfraternity Council Recruitment Registration opens October 15
Winter 2020 Panhellenic Association Recruitment Registration: October 1 at Noon to December 31 11:59pm
Process Details by Council
Men interested in joining an Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternity may do so by participating in the IFC semi-structured process informally known as “Rush” or by being offered a “late bid”.
In addition, to the institutional requirements, the Interfraternity Council requires students to attend an in-person training session prior to receiving a bid. Impact Training provides valuable information about bystander behavior, hazing education, and the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Sign up for an Impact Training session.
Multicultural Greek Council
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) hosts events so that students can learn about the fraternities and sororities within the council. Students interested in joining an MGC fraternity or sorority should contact the chapter directly.
Recruitment and intake processes and timelines for each chapter vary, so it is important to find out what each individual organization’s membership requirements are in addition to the institutional eligibility requirements. More information about MGC and its member chapters.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
The most common way to join a Panhellenic Association sorority is through the Primary Recruitment process of mutual selection. The next Panhellenic Primary Recruitment will begin January 7, 2020. All of Michigan's National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities participate in the Primary Recruitment Process. The one Associate Member chapter holds its own informal process during the fall and winter semesters for individuals that meet the eligibility criteria. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and transfer students may choose to participate in Fall 2019 Recruitment as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal recruitment process that occurs during the fall and winter semesters for women who meet the eligibility requirements for membership.
Winter 2020 Primary Recruitment will begin January 6, 2020 with orientation in the evening. Interested students must meet institutional eligibility requirements and register to participate by 11:59pm EST December 31, 2019. Please note recruitment starts before Winter 2020 classes begin so students should make travel arrangements accordingly.
Complete details about Panhellenic recruitment processes.