Joining an IFC Fraternity
Throughout the fall semester, potential members will be invited to attend activities and events with fraternity men in order to get to know each other better. Since this is a process of mutual selection for potential members and fraternity chapters, we recommend maximizing your options and consider all of our fraternities here at Vanderbilt instead of focusing on just one. This will allow for you to ensure that your personal values will align with those of the International/National Fraternity, Alumni Members, and current Vanderbilt Chapter and its members. Fraternity recruitment chairs and presidents will get the information of who has attended each of the events below and may reach out to potential new members that swipe their student ID card at IFC events. You can also find the contact information for a specific Fraternity by going to the Chapter’s page on our Fraternities page HERE.
Below you will find information concerning the two recruitment processes for joining, one for First-Year students interested in joining and one for Upperclassmen and Transfer students interested in joining. Both processes require completion of the eligibility requirements for to all going through IFC Recruitment. Please reach out to the Office of Greek Life at 615-322-2048 or email@example.com if you should have any concerns or questions.
In order to be eligible to join an IFC Fraternity, a male potential new member must:
Have at least a 2.5 grade point average and have completed at least 12 credit hours. If you do not meet this GPA or credit hour minimum, you may complete an appeal HERE but there is no guarantee that your appeal will be granted. An IFC Executive Board representative will be in touch concerning the status of your appeal.
Potential members must have completed 3 hours of community service with a fraternity or community service agency during the Fall 2014 semester. Potential new members can attend service events to meet this requirement with any fraternity; it does nto need to be the chapter that he ultimately ends up joining. You can enter the form on Anchor Link HERE.
No conduct violations or currently on disciplinary status. In addition, students are not eligible to join a Greek organization if they are placed on disciplinary probation. Students can be placed on disciplinary probation for violations of state law and university policy, including but not limited to underage consumption of alcohol, intoxication, possession or use of fake identification, fighting or drug usage. As such, men interested in joining should conduct themselves in a respectable manner and make responsible personal decisions so that their behavior does not prevent them from joining a Greek organization.
Completion of registration (online form located HERE), payment of $30 registration fee, and completed grade and conduct form found on the registration form.
Upperclassmen and Transfer Students
Men that are Upperclassmen/Transfer Students and are interested in joining during the Fall 2014 semester should plan to meet as many chapter presidents and representatives throughout the fall semester as they can.
Interfraternity Council recruitment events for Upperclassmen and Transfer Students:
- IFC Transfer and Upperclassmen recruitment event August 20th, 2014 located in Alumni Hall, Lounge 100 at 6:30pm- 8:30pm to meet with various presidents and recruitment chairs of each chapter. You can find out more on Anchor Link: IFC Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Reception
- Open Dores in the SLC Ballroom on August 24th at 2pm. Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to visit each of the chapters so that they can see which organization is the right fit for them. Attendees are encouraged to be themselves and ask plenty of questions to make sure that they organization and its values align with the potential new members’. You can find out more on Anchor Link: IFC Open Dores 2014
- Upperclassmen and Transfer Student Bid Night Sunday, October 5th at starting at 4pm in the Board of Trust Room. This is the evening in which our IFC Fraternities will be extending “bids” as invitations for membership to potential members. Attire is coat and tie and the event can be found on Anchor Link: IFC Recruitment Upperclassmen and Transfer Bid Night.
First Year Students
Men that are First Year Students and are interested in joining during their second semester should plan to meet as many chapter presidents and representatives throughout the fall semester as they can.
Interfraternity Council recruitment events for First Year Students:
- Open Dores in the SLC Ballroom on August 24th, 2014 at 2pm. Attendees will learn about the IFC Recruitment process as well as get an opportunity to visit each of the chapters so that they can see which organization is the right fit for them. Attendees are encouraged to be themselves and ask plenty of questions to make sure that they organization and its values align with the potential new members’. You can find out more on Anchor Link: IFC Open Dores 2014
- IFC Checkpoints located in the SLC Ballroom
- Final Rounds in Sarratt Cinema at 5pm on Friday, January 9th, 2015 . Attendees will touch base to make sure that they have completed all of their requirements for eligibility as well as be able to visit chapters to assist with making a final determination of which Fraternity to become a lifetime member. (Anchor Link event for Final Rounds)
- Bid Night in the SLC Ballroom at 5pm on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. Attendees are asked to attend wearing coat and tie to formally receive their invitation to join a Fraternity and will serve as the conclusion of the joining process for the 2014-2015 academic year. (Anchor Link event for Bid Night)
The deadline for registering for Spring 2015 recruitment will be January 9th, 2015 at 11:59pm. However if you have any questions about the process do not hesitate to contact the Office of Greek Life at 322-2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Member Education Information
The education period following recruitment lasts between 5-8 weeks. This time is used for brotherhood development and to teach new members about the history, traditions, structure, management and ritual of the chapter. While it is a serious time commitment, pledging should not interfere with classes or study time. Every chapter has a scholarship program that includes study hours for new members. Vanderbilt University and every international Greek organization prohibit hazing in any form during this new member education period. For more information about the laws and policies regarding Hazing, please click here.
Since 1973, Vanderbilt has had a deferred joining system. Under this system, students have the entire fall semester to adjust to college academics and living in a residence hall. There is also the opportunity to observe the Greek community. The advantage to deferred joining is that students can make a more informed decision about whether to join a fraternity and which organizations suit them best. Each group has its own character, but all have similar programs and activities. They all encourage academic achievement, community service, social activities, leadership development, and strong friendships.