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 (you can register while verificaiton is pending)
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. Students may need to return to the Recruitment and Intake Gateway once fall grades post if they have not yet met the 12 credit requirement to complete eligiblity verfication but registration is seperate from eligiblity verfication.
We suggest a student begin in plenty of time to complete all the requirements prior to a process beginning. The process is considered official events and does not include registering to participate.
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.
Impact Training Canvas Link (required for IFC)
Important Deadlines for eligible students:
Registration for Winter 2021 Panhellenic Primary Recruitment will open October 1, 2020. Students MUST be registered by December 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. If a student does not yet met the 12 credit requirement, please register and then return to the gateway after grades post for eligiblity verification. Final eligibilty will be confirmed in January.
Registration for Winter 2021 IFC Recruitemnt will open in January
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 participate in an educational program called Impact Training. This must be completed prior to bid acceptance. This program was an in-person class prior to Fall 2020 and if a student attended the program, the student meets the requirement.
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. Access to the Canvas course will begin after August 31.
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 in January 2021. 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 2020 Continuous Open Recruitment (COB) 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.
Complete details about Panhellenic recruitment processes.