After an incoming freshman signs up for recruitment, they will be contacted by recruitment chairmen of fraternities and be invited to summer events. These events may include rafting trips, BBQs, paintballing, or camping trips. This recruitment period is by far the best way to experience many different fraternities on a personal level. An invitation to join a fraternity (called a Bid) can be given at any time during the summer. Joining over the summer does not mean new students must live in the fraternity house when the year starts, however the AHP Program allows new members to live in select chapter houses if they so choose.
The IFC will host a fall recruitment process at the beginning of fall term 2019 over the second week of school. There are several events that are hosted by the IFC to start the week then individual chapters host their own open invitation events thoughout the rest of the week.
Save the Date!
2019 IFC Recruitment Events
IFC Fraternity Fair: Wednesday, September 25
IFC Fraternity Presentation and Open House: Thursday, September 26
IFC Fraternity Presentation and Open House: Friday, September 27
Chapter Events: Sunday, September 29 - Friday, October 4
Jump Day: Saturday, October 5
Students who are interested in joining a fraternity are able to join at any point of the calendar year. Although you are able to join a fraternity at any point, it is recommended to join earlier in order to reap the most benefits from being in a brotherhood. If you are concerned about the time commitment or any academic conflicts, reach out to the chapters you are interested and they can help guide you through the process.
During the year is also a great way to meet and join a fraternity. Either sign up or contact the recruitment chair of the fraternity you are interested in.
Throughout the year, IFC men are engaging in philanthropy, leadership development, the pursuit of academic success, networking, community service, and brotherhood activities. All of the activities that IFC Chapters are taking part in are prime opportunities for Potential New Members to get to know brothers, and see what life is like in the IFC Community!
Potential New Member (PNM): A person who is interested in joining a fraternity and will participate in recruitment.
Bid: A formal invitation to membership in a fraternity.
Interfraternity Council: Peer-elected governing council for traditionally housed fraternities that currently support 22 men's chapters at OSU.
Jump Day: A traditional IFC event where new members are launched into their chapters to commemorate their acceptance of a bid.